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.

The time it takes to complete a BYU-Idaho online program depends on how many credits (or course hours) a student takes each semester. Most courses are worth two or three credits each. A certificate is comprised of 15-19 credits. An associate degree is comprised of 60 credits. And a bachelor's degree is 120 credits.

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 admission requirements can apply to begin the next available semester. Visit our Online Admissions page for information about qualifications, application deadlines, and how to apply.