Requirements to begin the BGS degree
Anyone with at least 60 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours of college-level course work is ready to begin these courses. A baccalaureate-oriented associate degree (A.A. or A.S.) from an Illinois community college is a good starting point.
Time required to complete the BGS degree
The time depends on how far along with your education you are when you begin the program, on how many of the requirements you have already met, and on how many courses per semester you intend to take. Most BGS Students are part-time, balancing one or two courses per semester with full-time jobs or family obligations. A typical course of study takes five years. After you have been admitted and the adviser has evaluated your transcripts, ask this question again concerning your own specific goals.
Planning and registering for BGS students
You must be enrolled as a NIU student to be able to sign up for any of the online courses. If you are not a current student, contact the Admission Office to find out how to become an NIU student. After admission to NIU, contact the BGS advisor for help to plan your academic schedule. Meet with your advisor to discuss your registering for BGS courses and to complete a BGS evaluation, outlining your BGS degree requirements.
Students seeking the degree Bachelor of General Studies satisfy the requirements of a major by completing:
To graduate from Northern Illinois University, each student must:
Consult the current Northern Illinois University Undergraduate Catalog for additional information.