General Studies, BGS

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Finish your bachelor's degree and prepare to move ahead with this flexible, military-friendly program. The following concentrations are available:

Program Description

US News Best Online Programs Bachelor'sThis Bachelor of General studies (BGS) degree prepares adult students for academic advancement and professional careers.  Students receive a liberal arts education, highly valued in today's workplace for developing critical thinking and decision-making skills.

The BGS degree emphasizes multidisciplinary study, providing the graduate with a versatile education background.  Students receive individual, personal guidance in developing their degree program.  BGS advisers specialize in the concerns of adults returning to a university-setting.

Get a head start on your degree using what you have already learned. The BGS allows non-traditional credit for many workplace-training programs, military service schools, and more. Transfer credits are accepted from all colleges and universities accredited by a post-secondary regional association.

Maximize Prior Learning

Get a head start on your degree using what you have already learned. The online Bachelor of General Studies degree program accepts transfer credit from all regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as non-traditional credit from formal training experiences which have been evaluated and approved by specific agencies and committees.

Delivery Format

Home Campus: University of Nebraska Omaha

Method of Delivery: 100% Online - what's this?Program can be completed fully at a distance. Courses are asynchronous, meaning students and instructor may access content at any time and do not have to be connected to the Internet at the same time. If your program includes an internship or practicum, experiences may be completed in the student's local area.

All online courses are accessed via the Internet and use a learning management system. Technology requirements may vary by program and course, but all campuses have basic recommended requirements. High-speed Internet is required.

Interaction with professors and other students may include:

  • E-mail
  • Online discussion boards
  • Phone or video conferencing
  • Other forms of electronic and print communication

Supplemental materials for some courses may include:

  • Printed material and scanned documents
  • Digital resources accessed through university libraries
  • Videos accessed via the Internet, CDs or DVDs
  • Other media

To be successful, students taking online classes should be reasonably comfortable using a computer and the Internet. Learn more about online student tips for success.

For Military Students


  • Credit for military training, including 10 credit hours for those who have completed basic training and served at least one year on active duty
  • Scholarships just for active duty military, veterans, and military spouses
  • Policies and programs that support military during times of deployment, PCS, or demanding work schedules
  • Ranked 2nd nationwide for military and veteran student support, according to Military Times magazine
  • Access to the Office of Military and Veteran Services, a one-stop student support office and advocate for any current or prospective UNO students that have a military affiliation

Academic Year 2013 - 2014

Tuition rates are effective for the academic year listed.  Tuition is subject to change in July of each year.

Nebraska Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$250.00$25.00$9.00$4.00$288.00
3 credit hour$750.00$75.00$27.00$12.00$864.00

Non-Resident:

 TuitionDistance Ed. FeeTechnology FeeLibrary FeeTotal
Per credit hour$463.50$25.00$9.00$4.00$501.50
3 credit hour$1,390.50$75.00$27.00$12.00$1,504.50

Nonresident tuition for some courses in this program may be higher than listed. Please contact a BGS adviser for more information. 

Note: In addition to the costs outlined above, students will be assessed a $57.75 registration fee each semester they enroll in courses.

Tuition listed in the table above is for BGS area of concentration courses. Tuition for distance education courses in other subject areas, or offered by other colleges may be different. Distance education tuition may range as follows:

  • Undergraduate courses for Nebraska residents: $244.00 - $309.50 per credit hour 
  • Undergraduate courses for non-resident students: $335.00 - $885.00 per credit hour 
  • Graduate courses for Nebraska residents: $311.00 - $394.00 per credit hour  
  • Graduate courses for non-resident students: $393.00 - $1,075.75 per credit hour

For more information visit the UNO Student Accounts page, or contact a program adviser listed on the Admissions tab of this page.

To complete the online Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree, students are required to:

  • Earn a minimum of 120 total credit hours
  • Earn 24 of your last 48 credit hours from UNO
  • Earn 30 credit hours at the 3000-4000 level, including nine hours from UNO in your area of concentration
  • Maintain a minimum 2.00 grade point average

In addition, students pursing the BGS degree may:

  • Earn up to 65 credit hours from non-traditional sources such as basic training/active duty military service or certain approved formal training experiences
  • Transfer to UNO, up to 64 credit hours from regionally accredited post-secondary colleges and universities

For more information contact a program representative, listed under the Admissions tab. 

Students may choose from two options:

Option I

Option I is for any of the BGS concentration options: MIS, IT, Library Science, Nonprofit Administration, General Administration, and Information Assurance.

General Requirements  
English composition and writing 9 credit hours 
Intermediate Algebra or equivalent  3 credit hours
Public speaking 3 credit hours
 Natural & physical sciences
(8 hours from two disciplines, one course with a lab)
8 credit hours
Humanities & fine arts 9 credit hours 
Social & behavioral sciences 9 credit hours
Area of Concentration (view a list) The required hours may come from one department, or you may use 21 or more credits in an area with up
to nine in one allied field. Nine of  the total hours must
be in UNO upper-division courses.
30 hours
Secondary field 1

Each secondary field must be pure, that is, all 12 credits
must be from the same discipline. Your area of concentration may not be used as a secondary field. However, the allied field (if any) may be used. A secondary field can lead to a minor.

12 credit hours
Secondary field 2

Each secondary field must be pure, that is, all 12 credits
must be from the same discipline. Your area of concentration
may not be used as a secondary field. However, the allied
field (if any) may be used. A secondary field can lead to a minor.

12 credit hours
Cultural diversity  Cultural diversity requirements include 3 credit hours U.S. diversity and 3 hours global diversity. 6 credit hours
Electives 25 credit hours

Download a list of courses that fulfill the general requirements.

 

Option II

General Requirements  
English composition and writing 9 credit hours 
Intermediate Algebra or equivalent  3 credit hours
Public speaking 3 credit hours
 Natural & physical sciences
(8 hours in 2 disciplines, one course with a lab)
8 credit hours
Humanities & fine arts 9 credit hours 
Social & behavioral sciences 9 credit hours
Area of emphasis 1

Each Area of Emphasis must be pure, that is, all 15
credits must be from the same discipline. Six hours
in two of the Areas of Emphasis (12 total hours) must
be UNO upper division. Students will work with their
advisor to pick their three areas of emphasis from a
variety of disciplines.

15 credit hours
Area of emphasis 2 15 credit hours
Area of emphasis 3 15 credit hours
Cultural diversity  Cultural diversity requirements include 3 hours in U.S. racial
or Hispanic minority groups and 3 hours gender or foreign focus
6 credit hours
Electives 34 credit hours

 

Download a list of courses that fulfill the general requirements.

 

Sanjukta Bhowmick, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Blaine Burnham, Ph.D., NUCIA Executive Director

Kenneth Dick, Ph.D., Chair, Dept of Telecommunications

Robin Gandhi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Information Assurance

Dwight A. Haworth, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Karen K. Hein, M.L.S., Faculty, Library Media/Library Science Education Programs

Connie Jones, Community Outreach Program Manager

Mary Levesque, Instructor

Bill Mahoney, Ph.D., NUCIA Director, Assistant Professor

Lotfollah Najjar, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Steve Nugen, M.S., NUCIA Assistant Director

Rebecca J. Pasco, Ph.D., Professor & Coordinator, Library Science Education Programs

Mahadevan Subramaniam, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Sandra Vlasnik, Instructor

Paul van Vliet, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Lucas Wentz, Lab Manager

Peter Wolcott, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Johng-Hoon (Jon) Youn, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Guidelines for Admittance

To participate in this program the student must:

  • Be at least 21 years old or active duty military personnel
  • Have earned a high school diploma or GED

 

Application Checklist

  1. Apply and be admitted to the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

You may also be required to complete the online scholarship application in order to be considered for any UNO scholarships.

Application Deadlines

 

Fall Semester:  August 1 
Spring Semester:  December 1 
Summer Semester:  June 1 

All web applications must be submitted by midnight of the appropriate date and all paper applications must be postmarked no later than the respective deadline for students to be considered for admission.

Applications not received by the appropriate deadline will be returned to the student and fees paid will be refunded. Students will need to submit a new application for a future term.

Contact

Online Worldwide Educational Representative
Phone: 888.622.0332
E-mail: online@nebraska.edu

Division of Continuing Studies Office
Phone: 402.554.2370
E-mail: unodcs@unomaha.edu

Office of Military and Veteran Services
Phone: 402.554.2349
E-mail: unovets@unomaha.edu

 

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