Starting in Fall 2019, the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) will no longer accept new students. Any students currently enrolled in the BGS can choose to switch into the Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) or to work toward completing their BGS credential.
Please review the FAQ, to see how the program change may affect you. If you have any questions, please request an appointment with an academic advisor for Integrated Studies.
What do I need to do in order to finish with the Bachelor of Integrated Studies if I am graduating in Fall 2019 semester or later?
Stop by the Office of the Registrar and request a change into the Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS). You may choose to do so at any time in advance of applying to graduate. This step is necessary because you need to be registered in the BIS program in order to graduate from it.
Once registered in the BIS program, you will not be able to go back to the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) program. If you an uncertain as to the program from which you would like to graduate, please meet with an Integrated Studies advisor.
What if I am graduating at the end of Winter 2019 or in Summer 2019?
We are unable to award the Bachelor of Integrated Studies to any students graduating from the Bachelor of General Studies program before Fall semester.
Can I “trade in” my Bachelor of General Studies for a Bachelor of Integrated Studies at a later date?
No. Once the Bachelor of General Studies is awarded, it cannot be exchanged for the new degree parchment.
What if I am continuing my studies into Fall 2019 and later, and would like to finish with the Bachelor of General Studies rather than with the Bachelor of Integrated Studies?
Any student currently in the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) program will remain a BGS student unless and until they ask to switch over. That means that they will graduate with a BGS degree.
Please note that if you want to remain in the BGS rather than switching into the Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS), you need to maintain your status as an active student. Should you leave the program for any extended period of time, you would need to re-enter under the BIS.
Is the General Studies Diploma’s name changing?
No. The name of the diploma will remain unchanged at this time.
Do the program requirements differ between the Bachelor of General Studies and the Bachelor of Integrated Studies?
No, there are no major changes to the degree made at this time. The new degree name stems from the redesign of the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) that took place in 2017.
Regardless of whether you remain in the BGS or switch to the Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS), you can continue work towards completing the requirements outlined in the UFV Academic Calendar year you were admitted. For instance, if you entered the BGS in Winter 2016, and are working on completing the requirements of the Winter 2016 calendar, you are not moved to a later calendar.
If you are in doubt as to the requirements you must complete to graduate, see an Integrated Studies advisor.
Can future applicants apply to complete a Bachelor of General Studies?
All applicants for Fall 2019 and later will enter into the Bachelor of Integrated Studies only. No further applications for the Bachelor of General Studies are accepted.
How will this name change affect my application to graduate schools, teacher education programs, etc.?
Graduate Schools/ Employers: We anticipate that the name change will have a neutral or positive effect within the province, and reduce confusion that already exists with the degree name outside of B.C. The degree name Bachelor of Integrated Studies is more common across Canada, particularly in eastern provinces. Outside of B.C., “General Studies” is often an Arts-general program, whereas UFV’s program is more inclusive of disciplines and options from across the institution. In programs providing such breadth, Integrated Studies is more commonly used.
Teacher Education: UFV’s Teacher Education program is supportive of the name change. We will send notification over the next few months to other Teacher Education programs across B.C., to let them know that UFV has changed the name of the Bachelor of General Studies program.