What is required to finish my BYU degree through the BGS program?

Once you are formally admitted to the Bachelor of General Studies program, you will have up to eight years in which to complete the graduation requirements. These include a minimum of 120 semester hours of earned credit, which break down as follows:

Student Development 100 (STDEV 100) Independent Study Course

1 hour

Learn essential skills and create a course enrollment plan.


University Core Requirements

General Education 30–70 hours
Doctrinal Foundations 14 hours
BYU BGS degrees require completion of BYU core requirements.

Emphasis Requirements

30 hours
American Studies  
Exercise and Wellness  
Family Life  

General Electives

3–43 hours

Student Development 490 (STDEV 490) BGS Capstone Course

2 hours

Integrate, synthesize, and reflect on your educational experience. To enroll in STDEV 490, you will need to contact the BGS office for approval.



The following policies apply:

  • At least 27 credit hours (exam credit excluded) must be completed before BGS admission as an admitted day student at the BYU campus in Provo (including up to 6 credit hours as an admitted day student at the BYU Salt Lake Center).
  • You must take at least 30 credit hours of upper-division credit (300- and 400-level courses), including at least 15 credit hours in your chosen emphasis.
  • All courses taken after application to BGS must be BYU courses.
  • A minimum of 10 hours in the emphasis must be enrolled in and completed through BYU after formal admission to the BGS program (not including STDEV 490).
  • Students must earn a minimum 2.0 BYU grade point average, a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average, and a minimum 2.0 emphasis grade point average (2.25 in management emphasis).