A.S. General Studies

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An Associate's degree in General Studies provides an excellent, well-rounded foundation for students who want to pursue a Bachelor's degree or seek immediate employment. Students who plan on transferring to another university are encouraged to finish their Associate's Degree to maximize the transferability of their credits.



Courses listed under general studies include developmental courses study skills, college success, and career decision making. General Studies is designed to help students improve their study skills, time management, retention, note taking techniques, text book study methods, test taking strategies, and critical thinking skills. General Studies includes a college success course designed to help students make a smooth transition from high school to BYU-Idaho.

To understand more about this program contact our online advising team at onlineadvising@byui.edu

The AS in General Studies degree can be taken entirely online. Students must complete 34 credits of required Foundations courses and 26 additional elective courses to reach a total of 60 credits. Use our course availability list and the University Catalog to check course availability and offerings or contact us today at (208) 496-1800.

Our online degree program allows students the flexibility to finish their degree while balancing a busy life, so the time it takes to complete it varies for each person. Students can accelerate to graduation by taking courses year round, or take a semester off when needed. Students have up to eight years to complete a program.

BYU-Idaho Online Courses are designed around the BYU-Idaho Learning Model, with learning activities adapted to the online environment. The class progresses together through the semester and there is frequent interaction between students and with the instructor. Courses taught online and on-campus are based on the same learning objectives.

Students who meet the admission requirements can apply directly to an online degree program to begin the next semester. Once admitted, students can begin immediately working on program requirements. Students who did not come through the Pathway gate are encouraged to take GS 111: Introduction to BYU-Idaho in their first semester. This one-credit block course prepares students to succeed in the online environment as well as charting a course to graduation.