Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of General Studies

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) can help you secure a great job, be a stepping-stone to further education or present a way to further your own knowledge and interests. This the most flexible program we offer, and accepts a high degree of PLAR (prior learning assessment and recognition) and transfer credit, making it ideal for those who have taken a non-linear path to education or have extensive work experience.


The Bachelor of General Studies is a great option for people who have prior education or work experience and are looking for a formal credential to help them advance in their career. It gives you plenty of options, so you can concentrate on courses that will get you closer to your goals.

You may ladder a two-year diploma program from a Canadian post-secondary institution or a BC associate degree into this program.

 Program Requirements

Some program requirements may be met with credits earned by Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

Admission Requirements

Open admission

If you plan to complete this or another OL program, please fill out a Program Admission Form and email, fax or mail it to OL Admissions.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 15 TRU credits (distance or on-campus).

Degree Requirements

120 credits total, with a GPA of 2.00 (a grade of C) or higher in all courses required for this credential, as follows:

Core Requirements (6 credits)

6 credits in English (university-level composition and literature) other than technical and business writing courses

Upper-Level Requirements (45 credits)

15 credits, which may be applied studies, such as fine and performing arts, studio and technology courses

Elective Requirements (69 credits)

May be either lower- or upper-level courses; 60 credits may be applied courses, such as fine and performing arts, studio and technology courses

Note: Education, business and administrative studies courses are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Student Responsibility

Please consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential. Before you register in a course not listed on the website, you must apply for an LOP. If you proceed otherwise, you may find that a course cannot be applied toward your credential or that you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.


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