Academic Calendar Winter/Summer 2019

General Studies

Bachelor of General Studies degree

In the Bachelor of General Studies, students can create a flexible, interdisciplinary degree program customized to suit their different educational and career goals. As part of the degree program, students develop and demonstrate core competencies highly desired in the workforce (e.g. effective communications, use of data, etc.). They can then choose to specialize by working with an Academic Advisor and faculty to plan coursework in a particular topic area (thematic option) or discipline (minor), or they may choose to complete courses from many areas, without a specialization.

Students can enter the BGS degree program directly (i.e. with no previous university experience), or after having completed credits or certificates, diplomas, and associate degrees at UFV or other accredited colleges and universities. The degree allows students to use these credentials and credits or to (upon review) meet core competencies and to accumulate credits toward the degree.

Can professional experience be used towards the BGS?

Potentially, yes! The Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) process allows students the opportunity to have non-traditional learning and work experience assessed for credit. PLAR may also be used to assess whether core competencies have been met. Please contact an Academic Advisor for more information.

Can prior education be used in the BGS?

In most cases, yes! Students can integrate prior university learning (including professional programs and technology studies) within the BGS degree. University-level courses or credentials in other programs or at other institutions may meet some of the core competencies required (see “BGS Program Requirements” below). All students must meet the residency requirements (see below). Students who have completed another degree and are wanting to complete a subsequent degree should refer to the subsequent degree policy (see below under “Additional Policies and Practices”). In order to assess how you can use prior academic learning as part of their degree plan, schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor.


Students can complete academic course work at another post-secondary institution and transfer this credit to UFV to satisfy BGS degree requirements, under the following restrictions:

  • Of the BGS overall total of 120 credits, 30 credits must be completed at UFV.
  • Of the BGS upper-level total of 45 credits, 24 upper-level credits must be completed at UFV.
  • For a minor program, at least 50 percent of the required upper-level credits in the specific discipline must be completed at UFV.

Provided those requirements are met, up to 50% of credits required for the degree may be met through recognition of non-formal credit through the PLAR process (including course challenges). Total transfer credit and prior learning credit must not exceed 90 credits.

Entrance requirements

Option 1: High school (for students with high school graduation only)

B.C. applicants

  1. B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.
  2. A minimum of a C+ in English 12 or equivalent (see Note) and a minimum of a B average in two additional Approved Grade 12 courses.

    Note: English 12 equivalent courses include English 12 First Peoples, English Literature 12, AP English, and IB English A (standard level or higher level).

Out-of-province applicants

Students will be considered on the basis of courses equivalent to Approved Grade 12 courses. See the Admissions section of the calendar for more information on equivalents to B.C. secondary school graduation.

Out-of-country applicants

Students must have B.C. secondary school graduation equivalency, meet the prerequisite for ENGL 105 or CMNS 125, and have completed an equivalent average of B (equated to the UFV grading system) in two academic Grade 12 subjects.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies.

Alternatives to high school graduation

Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate diploma program, the B.C. Graduation diploma (B.C. Adult Dogwood), or the General Educational Development (GED) certificate may be considered to have the equivalent of B.C. secondary school graduation for admission purposes.

Aviation applicants

Aviation students have the option of combining a Bachelor of General Studies degree with a Thematic option in Professional Pilot Training — Fixed Wing. Students who plan to complete this option should apply to Coastal Pacific Aviation at the same time as applying for the BGS. Please refer to the Coastal Pacific Aviation website for further details about admission requirements and application processes.

This program may also be of interest to students who have completed the Business Administration (Aviation) diploma and wish to continue their studies to complete a university degree with a thematic option.

Option 2: University entrance (for students with some post-secondary education)

One of the following is required:

  • A minimum of 30 post-secondary credits with a CGPA of 2.00 or higher. These 30 credits must include a minimum of nine university-level credits, and a minimum of three credits of English composition or other writing courses, equivalent to ENGL 105 or CMNS 125.
  • A minimum of 9 post-secondary credits with a CGPA of 3.00 or higher.
  • Successful completion of a UFV diploma (e.g. General Studies diploma, Liberal Arts diploma, etc.) or B.C. Associate degree in Arts or Science with a CGPA of 2.00 or higher.
  • Completion of a post-secondary career or technical diploma (minimum of two years post-secondary credit) from a recognized Canadian or International post-secondary institution.
  • Students who have attended or are currently attending a post-secondary institution, have fewer than 30 credits applicable for BGS entrance at the time they apply for admission, and have a CGPA of at least 2.00 on all post-secondary courses attempted, may be considered for admission based on high school requirements.

Any student who is applying to enter the degree program with 60 or more credits will also need to submit a Customized Learning Plan (CLP) as part of their application. CLPs will not be used as a basis for admission.

Option 3: Non-traditional student entrance

A limited number of seats will be available for students who are starting or returning to university after five or more years in the work force. Applicants must have B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent; must meet the requirements for ENGL 105; and must submit a written statement of interest with their application. Students granted entrance under this application category are required to meet with the BGS Academic Advisor prior to application.

Students who do not meet these requirements might consider Qualifying Studies and/or a meeting with an Academic Advisor.

When to apply

Applications are accepted for entrance to the Fall, Winter, and Summer semesters. For application deadlines, see Specific intake application process.

How to apply

  1. Apply online at

    Additional documents required for a complete application:

    • Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) from all post-secondary institutions attended (other than UFV) showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details. To retain their original application date, students should order early so transcripts arrive within two weeks of the date the application is mailed or submitted.
    • For high school entrance, a final official transcript (if graduated). For students currently in Grade 12, final grades are due August 3.
  2. Applicants will be advised of an admission decision and, if accepted, will be provided with registration information. A deposit is required prior to registration (see the Fees and Other Costs section) and will be applied toward tuition fees.
  3. In cases where course work is in progress, an admission decision may be made conditional upon completion of academic requirements.

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when the UFV application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section. Books and additional supply costs vary according to course subject matter and mode of delivery.

Courses from other institutions

UFV students who wish to take academic work at other institutions for credit toward the degree must obtain permission. A letter of permission request is available at or can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar. Students must be in good standing (CGPA > 2.0) to receive a letter of permission. When approval has been granted, the Registrar’s office will issue a Letter of Permission to the student.

Except as noted below, total transfer and course challenge credits, including prior learning credit, may not exceed 90. A minimum of 30 credits must be completed at UFV. A minimum of 24 upper-level credits must be completed at UFV. Within these limits, transfer credit may be applied to the BGS with courses passed with a grade of D or higher. A D grade may not be sufficient for prerequisite purposes. Transfer credit is not used in the calculation of the institutional cumulative grade point average but will be used to calculate grade point average for degree graduation purposes.

Subsequent degree

Students who have already completed a degree at the bachelor’s level may be granted an additional bachelor’s degree provided that the two degrees are significantly different and that the student has met the program requirements. No more than 75% of the credits required for the additional degree may be applied from any previous degree. At least 30 upper-level (300-400) credits for the subsequent degree must be taken at UFV. Refer to the subsequent degree policy for further details.

Bachelor of General Studies requirements

There are four sets of requirements for the BGS.

  1. Completion of the Customized Learning Plan
  2. Degree, Breadth, and Portfolio requirements
  3. Core Competencies requirements
  4. Electives for the General option, minor(s), or Thematic option

Customized Learning Plans (CLPs)

BGS students are required to submit a Customized Learning Plan (CLP) as part of their degree planning and in meeting their degree requirements. The CLP requires the student to identify the following:

  • Learning and professional goals.
  • Previous coursework.
  • Explanation of how the student’s proposed program will be used to meet their learning and professional goals.
  • Identification (if any) of any Thematic option or minor that the student plans to complete as part of their degree.
  • If proposing a Thematic option, a list of planned coursework and a timeline for completion is also to be included.

Students will develop their CLP using online BGS supports and in consultation with an Academic Advisor. Students will need to submit their CLPs before they have completed 60 university-level credits, including PLAR. A hold may be placed on registration until the CLP is submitted.

Students who are applying to enter the BGS after having already completed 60 or more university-level credits will need to submit their CLPs with their application. CLPs will not be used as a basis for admission, but are required to ensure the student can likely complete any planned coursework in time.

For more information, deadlines, and to obtain CLP forms, please refer to the Bachelor of General Studies website.

Degree, breadth, and portfolio requirements

To receive a Bachelor of General Studies degree students must complete the following minimum requirements:

  • 120 credits with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 or higher, of which 30 must be completed at UFV.
  • 45 upper-level credits, of which 24 are completed at UFV.
  • CGPA of 2.00 in the BGS degree.
  • CGPA in courses for minor(s), as specified by minor program.
  • CGPA of 2.00 in all upper-level credits.
  • The 120 credits must incorporate the breadth requirement.

In addition, students must complete the following two requirements:

  • Breadth requirement: Completion of one or more courses in each of at least six separate disciplines, as identified by course prefix (e.g. AGRI, ANTH, ASTR, BIO, BUS, etc.).
  • E-Portfolio requirement: Completion of PORT 398 and PORT 399.

Core competencies requirements

1. Effective Communications

2. Use and Interpretation of Numerical Data

3. Scientific Literacy

One of:

Note: Teacher education programs will have more specific lab science requirements. Students planning on continuing on to Teacher Education programs should check with those programs' admissions requirements.

4. Digital Competency

One of:

5. Intercultural Engagement

One of:

  • ANTH 111, CMNS 180, EDUC 290, EDUC 291, GDS 250, HIST 103, HIST 396o, LAS 200,
    PACS 200, SOC 200, or SOC 250/GDS 250
  • FNST 100 or above
  • IPK 277, IPK 331, IPK 344/ANTH 344/SOC 344, or IPK 386
  • FREN 101 or above; GERM 101 or above; HALQ 101 or above; JAPN 101 or above; MAND 101
    or above; PUNJ 101 or above; RUSS 101 or above; SPAN 101 or above
  • GDS 311/GEOG 398/SOC 398, or approved, relevant internship or practicum
  • Or portfolio demonstration of having met competency outcomes through professional or related experience. See BGS website for more information on using portfolios to demonstrate competency requirements.

6. Professional Competency

Successful completion of one of the following:

  • One or more terms of Cooperative Education
  • Credited Internship or Practicum in any discipline
  • Credited Study Tour (4 or more credits)
  • 60 hours of Co-Curricular Record experience
  • Completion of a post-secondary Professional Program (e.g. TESL, Dental Hygiene, Veterinary Technologist) related to learning goals set out in the Individual Learning Plan and leading to professional designation or accreditation
  • Demonstration, through application and e-Portfolio, of sufficient prior work or volunteer experience relevant to learning goals set out in Individual Learning Plan. See BGS website for more information.

Degree pathways

Students can choose from the following degree pathways: Thematic options, Thematic option (Professional Pilot Training), minors, Co-operative Education, and General option.

Students must declare which option they plan to pursue by 60 credits or, for transfer students with more than 60 credits, at time of entry.

Thematic option

The Thematic option allows students to create a customized program of study in an area for which UFV does not offer a major. A student can develop a thematic option from a variety of disciplines that form a common theme, such as administrative studies, explorations of aging, childhood studies, agroecology, advertising and social communication, or Middle Eastern studies.

Please see the Bachelor of General Studies website for more information on building your Thematic option or on selecting from an existing Thematic option.

Students selecting a Thematic option must identify this within their Customized Learning Plan (CLP) and submit this by 60 credits or time of entry. Students choosing to complete a Thematic option after the CLP can submit a separate proposal but should do so before 90 credits in order to ensure that sufficient time is available to complete requirements. The plan must include courses that satisfy the general degree requirements and show how the selected courses support the theme. The requirements and details are located on the BGS website.

Thematic option – Aviation

Professional Pilot Training – Fixed Wing

The BGS offers a departmentally-approved Thematic option for students who are completing the Aviation program. This program includes courses for obtaining private and commercial licenses and one of the specialized advanced options: heavy jet or professional flight instructor. Upon successful completion of the BGS requirements and Aviation courses students obtain a Thematic option: Professional Pilot Training – Fixed Wing. Students can select courses to complete one or more minors or select courses for interest.

For this specialized option, students must apply and be admitted to Coastal Pacific Aviation. Please refer to the Aviation section of the UFV calendar and to the Coastal Pacific Aviation website for further details about admission requirements and application processes.

Minors and extended minors

Students select electives to complete one or more minors or extended minors. Refer to the appropriate calendar details for the minor or extended minor requirements.

A student may not complete both a minor and an extended minor in the same program.

Note: For students completing a Thematic option, only two upper-level courses (maximum of 8 credits) of a minor or extended minor can be used toward the Thematic option.

General option

Students select courses to complete a minimum of 120 credits, of which at least 45 must be 300 or 400 level. Students are eligible to select any course for which they meet the prerequisites. Choice should include courses that enhance a career path, or meet prerequisites for professional programs, or for expanding academic knowledge. The program is developed according to the intended learning goals of the individual.

Co-operative Education option

The Co-operative Education option provides students with the opportunity to acquire paid, career-related work experience in conjunction with their studies in the Bachelor of General Studies degree program. See the Co-operative Education section for more details.

Declaration of general, minors, or thematic option

Students may formally declare minors or intention to complete a thematic option after they have been accepted. Unless otherwise stated, to be eligible to declare minors, students must have earned a minimum grade of C on each of the required courses for the subject discipline. (Some areas have specific requirements; these are listed in the calendar under the relevant discipline.) Students are encouraged to declare minors or their intention to complete a thematic option as soon as possible.

Students will be required to make this declaration by 60 credits, or upon entry to degree program, whichever is later. Students may request to declare a minor or Thematic Option after 60 credits on a case-by-case basis. Students who do not meet the requirements of their planned minor or Thematic Option may be able to graduate with a BGS, general option.

Please note that the number of students wanting to enter any minor program may exceed capacity. Departments reserve the right to select competitively if necessary. UFV cannot guarantee available seats in required program courses on demand.


It is the student’s responsibility to ensure all program requirements are met. This should be done by regular consultation with the BGS Academic Advisor. Degree candidates who qualify to receive a UFV degree must be approved by the BGS Academic Advisor and Senate.

Students must apply for graduation by completing the Graduation Request form available at, or from the Office of the Registrar. This should be done in the first month of the final semester. The final deadline for students who wish to attend the June Convocation ceremony is April 1 of each year, with all program requirements completed by the Winter semester grade deadline (see Important Registration Dates) of each year.

Course duplication

Duplication refers to taking a course more than once.

Under university policy, students may not register for a course more than twice without permission of the appropriate dean or designate. Where a course has been repeated, for the purpose of the grade point average (GPA) UFV includes only the higher grade, but all attempts appear on the transcript. Some programs limit the number of courses which can be repeated. Transferred courses are considered in the number of attempts. See UFV's Course Repeat policy (86).

A “W” or an “AU” in a course is not counted as duplication. Multiple repeats of the same course count as a single duplication.

Note: Repeats of lower-level Theatre practicum courses are exempt from the duplication rule when a grade of D or higher is achieved.

Standing required for continuance

All students accepted into the BGS degree program at UFV are expected to maintain acceptable standards of scholarship. Specifically, they are expected to maintain a minimum 2.00 CGPA on all courses.

Undergraduate continuance

Academic standing will be governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92). Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits.

The academic standing of all students covered under this policy for courses where letter grades are assigned will be determined at intervals of 9 credits at the start of a student’s academic career and then at the end of every term after 27 credits have been completed. Students will be assessed after every term enrolled, but Academic Standing will only change at the intervals noted above. Students’ academic standing will be permanently reflected on their student record and will appear on official and unofficial transcripts.

After each semester, students put on Academic Warning, Academic Probation, or Required to Withdraw status or who are continued on Warning or Probation will be notified by the Registrar.

Required to withdraw

Students who have been required to withdraw from the degree program may have the opportunity to continue to take courses as a Qualifying Studies student; however, they may not register for any upper-level courses.


A student who is required to withdraw from the BGS degree program must submit an appeal for readmission to the BGS Academic Advisor if they wish to resume studies in the degree program.

Students who have been required to withdraw will be advised to complete a further nine credits of academic work or to repeat a similar amount of academic work taken previously in order to demonstrate their academic abilities. Appeals must be received at least three months before the start of the semester for which a student has applied. Readmission is not automatic. If readmitted, students will be placed on Academic Warning again, subject to the conditions for Academic Warning as described above.

Standing on readmission

If readmitted, students will be placed on academic warning again, subject to the conditions for academic warning as described above.

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