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2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog 
2024/25 Combined UM UMM Undergraduate Catalog

Bachelor of University Studies, CLAS pathway

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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 who have earned significant University of Maine credits but have no cohesive body of coursework in a major currently offered by the University of Maine.


Matriculated University of Maine students who apply to the Bachelor of University Studies (B.U.S.) CLAS Pathway program must a minimum of 42 credit hours completed. At least 24 credit hours must have been earned at the University of Maine. The remaining hours may have been earned at UMaine or through acceptable transfer from regionally accredited post-secondary institutions. 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.

Matriculated CLAS students who have accumulated 54 (or more) degree credits, but who have not declared a major will automatically be placed into the BUS program.  Students will receive notification of this change and will meet with the BUS advisor to discuss their program of study and determine if they wish to remain in the BUS pathway or declare another major.  Students should look at degree requirements for other colleges to determine their qualifications for another program outside of CLAS.

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.

Graduation Requirements:

Students must complete the following:

  • 120 credit hours, including 15 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 and a 2.0 in each of three focus areas chosen from the options below.  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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students demonstrate an ability to reflect on prior knowledge and learning experiences
  • Students demonstrate an ability to integrate and apply their reflections toward developing goals and objectives for their future.
  • Students demonstrate an ability to identify their skills, employment interests, and career directions.
  • Students demonstrate skills in critical thinking, professional writing, and research, as related to their career interests.

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