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Degree Requirements

Major Requirements -

120 Minimum total credit hours required for acceptance
1 credit Introduction to the Bachelor of University Studies
3 credits Special Topics in University Studies
3 credits Senior Capstone
30 credits Courses at the 300 level or higher

General Education Requirements*

ENG101 College Composition

18 credits Human Values & Social Context area(at least 3

credits must be taken within each sub-category; a
single course may satisfy more than 1 sub-category)
Western Cultural Tradition
Social Context & Institutions
Cultural Diversity & International
Population & the Environment
Artistic & Creative Expression
2 courses Designated Writing Intensive (1 must be within
the major)
2 courses Biological or Physical Sciences
1 course Ethics (emphasis on discussion of ethical issues in 1
course or series of courses)
6 credits Mathematics (including statistics & computer
science, only 3 credits in computer science can
count toward this requirement)
1 Capstone – An approved experience in which the student integrates the components of his or her undergraduate training to perform at a professional level. The capstone experience is usually completed during the senior year in consultation with the student’s academic advisor.
The Bachelor of University Studies Senior Capstone (UST 499) experience involves  a project (research or applied) in which the student works closely with a faculty member to synthesize  and integrate the knowledge acquired throughout their  individualized program focus and their general education experience.

The student presents the Capstone and also has the opportunity to showcase it in the Undergraduate Research Forum (COUGR) and at the Division of Life Long Learning Student Recognition event.

* All UMaine students must complete these general education requirements, which are counted in the total credit hours required for graduation.


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Bachelor of University Studies
Phone: (207) 581-3143 | Fax: (207) 581-3141
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469