Increase Military Acceptance Credit

Approved 12/23/15

UAB accepts ACE credit recommendations for military training for up to 24 credit hours per student.

New Core Curriculum options

Approved 11/14/15

PUH 202 – Introduction to Global Health added to the list of Area IV courses.

Economics added as option for the six-semester hour sequence required in Area II or Area IV.

Bachelor of General Studies

New major approved 9/29/15

Director: Catherine Daniélou
College of Arts and Sciences Dean’s Office

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree is a flexible interdisciplinary degree that allows students to choose a general curriculum that meets their individual goals and provides room for exploration and inquiry. The BGS prepares students for careers in various professional fields, including government, health care, real estate, general social services and the service-producing sector, law, retail,  and private industry where fundamental critical thinking and inquiry skills as well as rigorous writing and communication skills are of key importance.

The Bachelor of General Studies is a broad-based option supported by all undergraduate programs offering a minor at UAB. UAB offers a choice of over 80 minors. The BGS program integrates all our undergraduate campus in the choice of options. The program goals are to 1) equip students with a broad-based higher education allowing them to perform efficiently in the workplace; 2) prepare students to understand an increasingly complex and multifaceted world; and 3) help students to demonstrate a multidisciplinary base of knowledge.

Undergraduate students graduating with a degree in General Studies work with the assigned BGS advisor and select two minors of their choice offered at UAB. Graduating students are expected to: (1) write, communicate, and present effectively; (2) evaluate and interpret information as well as societal issues critically and analytically; (3) apply knowledge and modes of inquiry from several disciplines; (4) demonstrate integrative learning.

The Bachelor of General Studies provides broad well-rounded rigorous educational opportunities to traditional and non-traditional students contemplating careers for which a Bachelor's degree and university-level reading, writing, communication and critical thinking skills are required.

Major Requirements for the Bachelor of General Studies

Degree requirements:

Successful completion of any 2 UAB minors* of student choice

Capstone Requirement:

Select one of the following:

CAS 400 – General Studies Career Readiness Capstone  (1 credit)

Or another UAB approved Capstone course

Total Hours:  Estimated 36 – 51 hours (minors being a minimum of 18 hours)**

*Students majoring in General Studies must achieve a grade of C or higher in all courses applied toward the major requirement.

**A single course may not count toward more than one minor requirement.

Minor in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education

New minor approved 8/27/15

EHS 125Inquiry Approaches to Teaching1
EHS 126Step 2: Inquiry Based Lesson Designs1
EHS 325Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science3
EHS 326Classroom Interactions3
EHS 327Project-Based Instruction3
HY 275Perspectives on Science & Mathematics3
Approved Elective Courses (4-6 Hours)4-6
Total Hours18-20

Expulsion of Undergraduate Students for Academic Misconduct

New policy approved 6/4/2015

Honors College - Change in Probation Policy

New policy approved 6/17/2015

A student who has received the grade of F for two instances of academic misconduct will be expelled from the university. Under certain circumstances, a student may be expelled on the first offense. The student will be duly informed of the pending expulsion and will be provided the opportunity to be heard. The student has two weeks after notification to file a request for an appeal hearing with the Office of the Provost. The ad hoc appeals committee will consist of two people designated by the Provost, one student appointed by the President of the USGA, and two faculty members appointed by the chair of the Faculty Senate. The Provost will designate the person to serve as chair who will coordinate and preside at all meetings. Students expelled from UAB for academic misconduct will have that noted on their transcripts.

Continuation in the Honors College

UAB Honors College students are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative UAB GPA to remain in good standing.  Each student's academic record is evaluated at the end of fall and spring semesters and any student who falls below the minimum requirement will be placed on immediate probation.  A student on probation will be required to meet with an Honors College advisor or the director of their program to discuss the student’s action plan to raise the cumulative UAB GPA to at least 3.0.  Students on probation have up to one year to raise their UAB GPA at least 3.0.  The probation period ends when a student’s GPA rises to at least 3.0 or after 1 year has elapsed.

Continued failure to meet minimums after the one year probationary period will result in suspension from the Honors College.  Suspension includes the loss of all privileges associated with being an honors student, including priority registration and honors graduation designation. In rare circumstances, a student may appeal to the Dean of the Honors College for an extension of the probation period or for reinstatement. Additional requirements may be required by individual honors programs for students to remain in good standing.

Minor in Entrepreneurship for Non-Business Majors 

New minor approved 12/20/14

BUS 101Introduction into Business3
or BUS 102 Business Foundations
BUS 310Accounting and Finance for Nonbusiness Majors3
BUS 311Creating & Delivering Customer Value3
ENT 270Idea to Entrepreneur3
ENT 425Entrepreneur to Enterprise3
ENT 426Practicum in Commercialization3
or ENT 445 Entrepreneurship Internship
or ENT 499 Directed Study in Entrepreneurship
Elective Courses (4-6 Hours)4-6
Apprentice Teaching
Mathematical Modeling
Research Methods
Biology Capstone - Undergraduate Research
Undergraduate Research
Education elective courses as approved by UABTeach academic advisor
Total Hours22-24