Degree Options (BA, BS, or BLS)

Degree options in the College of Arts & Sciences

The University of Kentucky grants the following degrees in the College of Arts & Sciences:

  • Bachelor of Arts – A BA degree is standard among majors in the social sciences and humanities, although certain disciplines promote BS degrees for particular emphasis within social science and humanities fields. A BA requires 39 hours of course work numbered at or above the 300-level.
  • Bachelor of Science – BS degrees are more common among the natural, physical, and mathematical sciences. A BS requires 60 hours of physical, biological and/or mathematical sciences.
  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies – The BLS degree allows students to design individualized programs of study in the humanities, social sciences, and natural and mathematical sciences; to develop a breadth of knowledge reflective of a true liberal arts education; to develop critical thinking and writing skills; and to synthesize problem-solving strategies. Students may not double or triple major/degree with the BLS.

 There are slightly different requirements for each degree, which are listed below.

Bachelor of Arts

Students completing a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must:

  • Complete the UK Core requirements.
  • Complete the following college requirements:
    • Foreign Language Requirement. Contact your advisor or the A&S Advising Center for an explanation of the Foreign Language Requirement.
    • Students must take college hours in disciplines in the natural sciences.
    • Students must take college hours in disciplines in the social sciences.
    • Students must take college hours in disciplines in the humanities.
    • Students must take 3 college hours in an approved race and ethnicity course.
  • Complete at least 120 credit hours in courses acceptable to the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Complete at least 90 credit hours in Arts and Sciences courses.
  • Complete at least 39 credit hours in courses numbered at or above the 300 level.
  • Complete at least 39 credit hours within the major. At least 24 of these hours must be at or above the 300 level.
  • Complete at least one course that includes some laboratory or field experience.
  • Attain an overall grade-point average of at least 2.0.
  • Attain a grade-point average of at least 2.0 in all major requirements courses (including all premajor courses).
  • Complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of free electives. These college electives cannot be counted towards UK Core, college or major requirements. These free electives also cannot be used to satisfy the college Race and Ethnicity Requirement.
  • Complete University graduation requirements, the Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement, and the residence requirement. 

Bachelor of Science

Students completing the Bachelor of Science (BS) degree must:

  • Complete the UK Core requirements.
  • Complete the following college requirements:
    • Foreign Language Requirement. Contact your advisor or the A&S Advising Center for an explanation of the Foreign Language Requirement.
    • Students must take college hours in disciplines in the natural sciences.
    • Students must take college hours in disciplines in the social sciences.
    • Students must take college hours in disciplines in the humanities.
    • Students must take 3 college hours in an approved race and ethnicity course.
  • Complete at least 120 credit hours in courses acceptable to the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Complete at least 90 credit hours in Arts and Sciences courses.
  • Complete at least 60 credit hours in the physical, biological and/or mathematical sciences.
  • Complete at least 39 credit hours within the major. At least 24 of these hours must be at or above the 300 level.
  • Complete at least one course that includes some laboratory or field experience.
  • Attain an overall grade-point average of at least 2.0.
  • Attain a grade-point average of at least 2.0 in all major requirements courses (including all premajor requirements).
  • Complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of free electives. These college electives cannot be counted towards UK Core, college or major requirements. These free electives also cannot be used to satisfy the college Race and Ethnicity Requirement.
  • Complete University graduation requirements, the Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement, and the residence requirement.

Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Students completing the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) degree must:

  • Complete the UK Core requirements.
  • Complete the following college requirements:
    • Foreign Language Requirement. Contact your advisor or the A&S Advising Center for an explanation of the Foreign Language Requirement.
    • Students must take college hours in disciplines in the natural sciences.
    • Students must take college hours in disciplines in the social sciences.
    • Students must take college hours in disciplines in the humanities.
    • Students must take college hours in an approved race and ethnicity course.
  • Complete at least 120 credit hours in courses acceptable to the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Complete at least 90 credit hours in Arts and Sciences courses.
  • Complete at least 39 credit hours in courses numbered at or above the 300 level.
  • Complete 24 credit hours within ONE of the Major Areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, or Natural/Physical/ Mathematical Sciences. At least 12 of these hours must be at the 300-level or above and another 6 hours must be at the 400- level or above.
  • Complete at least one course that includes some laboratory or field experience.
  • Attain an overall grade-point average of at least 2.0.
  • Attain a grade-point average of at least 2.0 in all major requirements courses (including all premajor courses).
  • Complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of free electives. These college electives cannot be counted towards UK Core, college or major requirements. These free electives also cannot be used to satisfy the college Race and Ethnicity Requirement.
  • Complete University graduation requirements, the Graduation Composition and Communication Requirement, and the residence requirement.

All degree requirements can be viewed in your degree audit in myUK GPS.

A detailed list of each degree can be found in the Arts & Sciences section of the UK Bulletin.