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University Studies, A.S.


The University Studies Associate in Arts/Science is designed to provide an opportunity for students who may be potentially exploring their career and major options, or provides flexibility for those that are seeking an Associate that enables transferability or simply completion of a broad variety of curriculum options. The AS/AA UVST enables the ability to begin work toward the General Education requirements while meeting the needs of a broad variety of student circumstances.

Total Program Credits: 60

General Education Requirements: 35 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences (3.0)  
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology 3
Complete one of the following: 3
  MAT 1030 Quantitative Reasoning (3.0) (recommended for Humanities or Arts majors)  
  MAT 1035 Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra (6.0)  
  STAT 1040 Introduction to Statistics (3.0) (recommended for Social Science majors)  
  STAT 1045 Introduction to Statistics with Algebra (5.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra (4.0) (recommended for Business, Education, Science, and Health Professions majors)  
  MATH 1055 College Algebra with Preliminaries (5.0)  
  MATH 1090 College Algebra for Business (recommended for Business majors) (3.0)  
Complete one of the following: 3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness (2.0)  
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life 2
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology 3
  Physical Science 3
  Additional Biology or Physical Science 3
  Humanities Distribution 3
  Fine Arts Distribution 3
  Social/Behavioral Science 3
Discipline Core Requirements: 25 Credits
  Any course(s) 1000 or higher 25

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 60 semester credits.
  2. Overall grade point average of 2.0 (C) or above. (Departments may require a higher GPA.)
  3. Residency hours -- minimum of 20 credit hours through course attendance at UVU.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and Italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
Elective ( MAT 1010 Intermediate Algebra recommended) 4
ENGL 1010 Intro to Writing 3
Elective (SLSS 1000 Student Success recommended) 3
Elective   3
Elective   3
  Semester total: 16
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
MAT 1030 or MATH 1035 or STAT  1040 or STAT 1045 or MATH 1050 or MATH 1055 or MATH1090 Quantitative Reasoning or Quantitative Reasoning with Integrated Algebra or Introduction to Statistics or Introduction to Statistics with Algebra or College Algebra or College Algebra with Preliminaries or College Algebra for Business 3
ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing 3
Biology 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
  Semester total: 15
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
Physical Science 3
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
HLTh 1100/PES 1097 Personal Health and Wellness/Fitness for Life 2
Fine Arts 3
Elective 3
  Semester total: 14
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
American Institutions 3
Humanities 3
3 rd  Science 3
Social Science 3
Elective 3
  Semester total: 15
  Degree total: 60


Name: University Studies
Location:  LA 210
Telephone: 801-863-6712

Web Address:
Dean: Forrest Williams

Mission Statement

The University College is a student’s connection to success, providing an entry point for individuals with varying levels of academic preparation while inspiring and empowering them throughout their academic experience to completion of their educational goals.


Foster learning opportunities and collaborations


  • Engage students and faculty in learning, scholarship, and creative endeavors
  • Encourage exploration, curiosity, and self-discovery
  • Challenge with high expectations and new ideas
  • Create and strengthen interdisciplinary learning and partnerships
  • Support an exceptional and diverse community of learners
  • Provide specialized academic experiences
  • Meet individual student needs
  • Facilitate the achievement of educational goals

University College

University College serves a unique role and mission within Utah Valley University. Based on a national model, the name University College signifies opportunities for student success through curricular and co-curricular offerings, academic services, and innovative programs. University College welcomes students at present levels of academic achievement and challenges them with higher expectations. The programs and departments of Literacies and Composition, Student Leadership & Success Studies, Developmental Mathematics, English Language Learning, Academic Counseling Center, Academic Standards, Writing Center, Academic Tutoring, Math Lab, and First Year Experience & Student Retention promote interdisciplinary partnerships as students transition into university academics.

  • Administrative Support: Beth Winkler
  • Office: LA 210
  • Telephone: 801-863-6712
  • Email:
  • Associate Dean: Talitha Hudgins
  • Office: LA 210e
  • Telephone: 801-863-6963
  • Email:

Degrees Offered

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • University Studies, BA
  • University Studies, BS


University College values student-centered learning and focuses on assisting students exploring the direction of their academic careers, seeking flexibility in degree choices, or undertaking an enhanced college experience.


Academic Counseling Center

The Academic Counseling Center (ACC) is committed to meeting the career and academic needs of current and future students, faculty, staff, and community members. Our center is an ideal starting point for undecided students, with many working towards their Associate in Science (AS) or Associate in Arts (AA) degree in University Studies, or those pursuing professional programs requiring formal application such as Law and Medical school.

Academic Advising & Counseling

Academic counselors are available to assist students in determining and achieving their educational goals. Counselors are qualified to help students select majors and careers, review prior education, and plan educational programs.

The ACC provides advisement for general education requirements and is the advisement center for those majoring in University Studies. Students are referred to departmental advisors for help in meeting their major requirements. Other services provided include assisting students experiencing academic difficulties and enforcing academic standards.

The ACC also has counselors for students seeking admission into Law School, Medical, Dental, Nursing and many other health occupations.

Referrals are made to help students achieve their educational goals. Some of these include referrals to personnel in the Accessibility Services Center, Student Health Services, Testing Services, University Studies, and to academic departmental advisors.

Career Assessment & Counseling

Our counselors provide a full range of career assessment. These services include:

  • Career interest/personality testing
  • One-on-one career counseling sessions
  • Career workshops
  • Occupational information
  • Use of UtahFutures career and educational software
  • Career resource library
  • Vocational evaluation services



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The AS/AA in University Studies is an Associate's degree that allows for customization and flexibility in a student’s educational path. While not specifically focused on a particular major, the AS/AA University Studies requires completion of General Education coursework along with 25 credits of Electives. These electives allow students to customize their curriculum to their individual needs, explore various major and career opportunities, and utilize credits toward graduation that may span a broad variety of topics. This flexibility lends itself to multiple career opportunities or progression into a variety of BA/BS options.

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