Bachelor of General Studies

The Bachelor of General Studies degree provides the opportunity for an individualized plan of study in more than one area of interest, resulting in a broad multi-disciplinary program of study. 
Lamar University offers this degree both on-campus and online.


15-week coursework schedule

Online On Campus
online or on-campus


Accelerated Online

8-week coursework schedule

online only


The Bachelor of General Studies will be awarded upon completion of 120 semester credit hours that meet the following requirements:

General Education Core Curriculum - 42 hours
A grade of "C" or better must be earned in both ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302.

Required Advanced Courses- 9 hours
A grade of "C" or better must be earned in each of the following required courses:

  • AASC 3301 Lifelong Learning (3 hours)
  • AASC 4301 Senior Seminar (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3310 or 3326 (3 hours)

Department policy regarding AASC 3301
Students enrolled in the BAAS, ABAS, BGS, and ABGS programs must be enrolled in AASC 3301 by the second semester they are eligible to take the course. Students who drop the course will be re-enrolled the following semester; students who drop the course a second time without approval from the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences will not be allowed to continue in the program. Students who do not pass the course with a C or higher will be re-enrolled each semester until a satisfactory grade is earned.

Advanced Electives – 36 hours
Advanced Electives are junior & senior level courses (indicated by course numbers of 3000-4000). A grade of "C"

General Academic Electives – 33 hours
(Lower-level Electives are indicated by course numbers of 1000-2000 and Upper-level Electives are indicated by course numbers of 3000-4000

Grade Point Average:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

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