University Studies, BUS

Requirements for Students Matriculating in or before Academic Year 2023-2024. Learn more about University Academic Regulation 3.1.

Minimum Overall Grade Point Average: 2.00
Total Hours: 120


Individualization and flexibility are features of the program leading to the degree of Bachelor of University Studies. The program is designed for goal-directed, motivated, and mature students who find that the present degree programs (majors) at the University will not enable them to attain their educational objectives. The Bachelor of University Studies degree program allows a student to use the total resources of the University available to accomplish unique educational objectives. The program may or may not prepare a student for a particular occupation or for entry into a professional school.

Degree Requirements

  1. All students who intend to present a program for the University Studies degree should be enrolled in one of the colleges of the University or the Office of University College Advising.
  2. The study plan must include no fewer than 40 upper-division semester credit hours which are selected from two or more disciplines and which in their aggregate comprise a rational combination of concepts and skills.
  3. The study plan must meet all general education requirements of the University and the college of enrollment.
  4. A minimum of 120 semester credit hours shall be required for granting the degree.


Students who believe their educational objectives can best be fulfilled through a Bachelor of University Studies degree program will be responsible for complying with the following procedures:

  1. Obtain the declaration of major and plan of study forms for the Bachelor of University Studies from the Director of Student Academic Services in the college that will grant the degree, University College Advising, or the Advising Center at OSU-Tulsa. This form will list the General Education requirements for the college.
  2. Meet with an advisor to determine the student's educational objectives and the two or three areas of concentration.
  3. Obtain approval from a departmental representative (faculty member or advisor) if the area of concentration does not represent a minor or certificate. 
  4. Submit the completed form to the Office of the Dean in the college of enrollment for approval. The form will be forwarded to the Office of the Provost.
  5. Any necessary changes in the approved program should be requested by the student through the student’s advisor and dean.
  6. Fulfill the approved graduation requirements for the degree and apply for graduation before the final semester of coursework. 

Additional State/OSU Requirements

  • At least: 60 hours at a four-year institution; 30 hours completed at OSU; 15 of the final 30 or 50% of the upper-division hours in the major field completed at OSU.
  • Limit of: one-half of major course requirements as transfer work; one-fourth of hours earned by correspondence; 8 transfer correspondence hours.
  • Students will be held responsible for degree requirements in effect at the time of matriculation and any changes that are made, so long as these changes do not result in semester credit hours being added or do not delay graduation.
  • Degrees that follow this plan must be completed by the end of Summer 2029.