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Associate of General Studies (A.G.S)

College: Undergraduate Studies


The fundamental purpose of the program is to enable students at Arkansas State University to assume the responsibility for developing a personalized program of study to meet particular career goals and/or individual needs. The flexibility of the program permits the completion of the general education curriculum along with combinations of a selection of elective courses that may be desired by students, but would otherwise be difficult, or impossible, to obtain in other existing undergraduate degree programs. Students seeking entrance into the Associate of General Studies program must satisfy university admission standards identical to those required of applicants for four-year university programs. Students may transfer from the Associate of General Studies program to other degree programs, and may well do so if they change career objectives and/or goals.

An Associate of General Studies degree may be conferred upon students who satisfactorily complete the appropriate curriculum and meet the specific requirements for the degree. Students pursuing the Associate of General Studies degree are responsible for complying with the general academic regulations of the university as well as all other university policies and requirements. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average is required on all course work.

Associate of General Studies Degree Requirements

Course Name

Credit Hours

Composition 6

ENG 1003, Composition I
ENG 1013, Composition II

Natural Sciences and Mathematics 7

MATH 1023, College Algebra

Select one of the following:

  • *BIOL 1003 AND 1001, Biological Science and Laboratory
  • CHEM 1013 AND 1011, General Chemistry I and Laboratory
  • CHEM 1043 AND 1041, Fundamental Concepts of Chemistry and Laboratory
  • GEOL 1003 AND 1001, Environmental Geology and Laboratory
  • PHSC 1014, Energy and the Environment
  • PHSC 1203 AND 1201, Physical Science and Laboratory
  • PHYS 1103 AND 1101, Introduction to Space Science and Laboratory
  • PHYS 2034, University Physics I
  • PHYS 2054, General Physics I
  • PHYS 2073 AND 2071, Fundamental Physics and Laboratory

*Students may substitute a higher level biology course and its laboratory for which BIOL 1003 and 1001 are prerequisites, or may substitute BIO 2013 and 2011.

Arts and Humanities 3

Select one of the following:

Fine Arts:

  • ART 2503, Fine Arts-Visual
  • MUS 2503, Fine Arts-Musical
  • THEA 2503, Fine Arts-Theatre


  • ENG 2003, Introduction to World Literature I
  • ENG 2013, Introduction to World Literature II
  • PHIL 1103, Introduction to Philosophy
Social Sciences 6

Select one of the following:

  • ANTH 2233, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ECON 2313, Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 2333, Economic Issues and Concepts
  • GEOG 2613, Introduction to Geography
  • HIST 1013, World Civilization To 1660
  • HIST 1023, World Civilization Since 1660

Select one of the following:

  • HIST 2763, The United States To 1876
  • HIST 2773, The United States Since 1876
  • POSC 2103, Introduction to United States Government
  • PSY 2013, Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 2213, Principles of Sociology
Computer Applications/Fundamentals 3

Select one of the following:

  • CS 1013, Introduction to Computers
  • CIT 1503, Microcomputer Applications
Electives 35
Total Required Hours 60