BGS

BGS Degree Completion Options

The 120 total semester hour requirement and all other credit hour requirements for the BGS degree (except the 30 semester hour WIU enrollment requirement) may be fulfilled through any or all of the following options.

WIU courses

To meet the 30 semester hour enrollment requirement, you may take courses at the WIU Macomb campus, the WIU Quad Cities campus, locations in West Central Illinois and through WesternOnline.

Transfer courses
You may transfer courses from regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Military courses / training
You may earn academic credit by participating in certain military courses and training programs recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Non-collegiate training
You may earn academic credit by participating in certain non-collegiate company-sponsored training programs recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Proficiency exams
You may earn credit by taking nationally recognized proficiency examinations or WIU academic departmental proficiency examinations.

Prior Learning Portfolio
You may earn academic credit through the portfolio evaluation process (a limit of 30 semester hours may be applied toward graduation requirements). You must successfully complete the Prior Learning Portfolio Tutorial prior to beginning portfolio preparation. If you have never submitted a WIU Prior Learning Portfolio, you must contact your advisor to gain access to the tutorial.

University 490-Career Internship--This option does apply toward the 30 semester hour WIU enrollment requirement.

The Internship provides qualified students with a supervised program of practical experience in various career fields. Internship credits are available only for pre-approved work experiences that serve to expand the range of the student’s college level employment duties and responsibilities. For more information, please have a look at our Syllabus.

BGS Degree Completion Time Limits

The BGS degree program does not have a time limit to complete the graduation requirements. It is expected you will make steady progress by taking courses, passing proficiency exams, or working on a prior learning portfolio.

The time needed to complete the degree program will depend on the number of hours you bring into the program and the number of hours you earn each semester. For example, if you enter the program with an associate of arts or an associate of science degree, you will normally have to earn an additional 60 or more semester hours. This is equivalent to two years of full-time attendance at a university. A successful prior learning portfolio, military credit, or proficiency examination credit may speed your progress.