OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0
Other GPA requirements to graduate: A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 across coursework in focus areas
Required Grade for fulfilling Capstone Experience: A grade of C- or better in LAS 497
Contact Information: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Associate Dean’s office, Stevens Hall
Individuals expected to derive the greatest benefit from the CLAS pathway include continuing students who for a variety of reasons may be unable to complete their originally intended major, and readmitted or transfer students with numerous credits but no cohesive body of coursework in a major currently offered by the University of Maine. For some students, this CLAS pathway will be a temporary solution, enabling them to make progress towards a major before being admitted to that major. For other students, the BUS will serve as the route to graduation.
All applicants to the Bachelor of University Studies (B.U.S.) program must be matriculated University of Maine students (whether continuing students or new admits) with a minimum of 42 credit hours earned here or through acceptable transfer from regionally accredited post-secondary institutions. The minimum cumulative grade point average for acceptance is 2.0. There is no provisional acceptance option for students with less than a 2.0 GPA or fewer than 42 credit hours.
To apply, students must meet with a BUS advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and must submit a BUS degree plan with the advisor’s approval. Final program admission decisions are made by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (or designee). Students following the B.U.S pathway are CLAS students advised in the CLAS Advising Center. Upon completion of degree requirements, students will graduate with a BUS degree from the Division of Lifelong Learning.
Students must complete the following:
- 120 credit hours, including 30 credits at the 300 level or higher
- All University of Maine residency and General Education requirements, including a 3 credit senior capstone LAS 497. A grade of C- or better in the capstone is required
- 15 credits in each of three focus areas chosen from the options below. A 2.0 GPA across coursework included in the focus areas is required. Credits used to satisfy general education requirements may also be used to meet focus area requirements. Focus areas are: Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Wellness; Humanities; Mathematics, Statistics and Computing; Physical and Life Sciences; Natural Resources and the Environment; Performing and Visual Arts; Social Sciences
All students are subject to university-wide standards for good academic standing.