Degree Programs:

School of Sciences

General Studies Degree Program

Previously Earned Credit

Recognition of Previously Earned Credit
Many students in the General Studies Program have previously earned academic credit at Indiana University or at other institutions. Such credit is applied to the degree requirements of the B.G.S. degree within the guidelines listed below.

Credits Eligible for Transfer from Institutions Other than Indiana University Kokomo
A maximum of 90 credit hours [64 from a community college] can be applied to the B.G.S. degree, provided the applicant has earned grades of C or better. In order for transfer credit to be applied in any of the required areas of learning, courses taken must be equivalent in nature to those offered by Indiana University Kokomo in these areas. Courses taken at another institution in which the student received grades of D or F will not be accepted for credit. 

Credit by Examination at Indiana University Kokomo
Students who wish to pursue credit by examination at Indiana University Kokomo should consult with their General Studies degree program advisor.

Credit by Examination from Other Institutions
If the transcript indicates credit by examination and if students do not enroll in sequential courses to validate their knowledge in the subject matter, credit will be granted only on the basis of review by the appropriate academic department of Indiana University Kokomo.

Credit Awarded Through Non-departmental Examinations
The General Studies degree program awards credit for such programs as Advanced Placement Examinations, DSST, and College Level Examination Programs (CLEP).  For more information, consult your advisor.

Military Service Credit
Veterans of military service and military personnel on active duty are eligible for academic credit as a result of their military training and experience. The General Studies degree program follows the provisions of the American Council on Education’s “Guide to Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services” in granting credit.

Paramedic and EMT certification
Special credit for students who have their EMT and/or Paramedic certification can be awarded.

Graduation Requirements
To be eligible for graduation, students must complete the course work specified in their plans of study with an overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better. Students must receive a grade of C– or better in all courses used to fulfill course requirements in the three principal areas and the concentration area of learning. Any course in which a student receives a grade of D will count as a general elective to fulfill total credit hours required for the degree program. 

Student Responsibility
Students should understand that the responsibility for designing an appropriate academic program and for meeting every degree requirement rests with them; academic advisors are obligated only to assist students in meeting this responsibility. Students needing clarification of any of the requirements for their baccalaureate degrees are urged to obtain that clarification from their academic advisors.

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