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Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.)


The focus of this program is baccalaureate-level education for health and human sciences professionals, which include dental hygienists, respiratory therapists, EMTs, and many other professionals. This interdisciplinary individualized program of study leads to the degree of Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) in health and human sciences.

Students who:

  • hold a current professional credential, certificate, or license in a health or human sciences field
  • have completed an applied science degree (or equivalent number of credits)

are eligible for admission and completion of the degree with a combination of transfer course work, online/blended (online with 1-3 face-to-face meetings) format NIU classes, and proficiency credit.

Admission Requirements

The B.G.S. program allows a student with well-defined academic interests to design a major in health and human sciences with the assistance of Sandi Splansky, director of HHS advising. A student who wishes to apply for the B.G.S. degree must:

  • be admitted to NIU (apply as Undeclared - Health and Human Sciences)
  • have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00
  • submit a B.G.S. application including a written professional goals statement and copy of the professional credential, certificate, or license.

Upon successful completion of all B.G.S. requirements, as found in the undergraduate catalog, you may be awarded up to 30 semester hours of proficiency for the learning experiences and education in the discipline in which you holds certification and/or licensure.