General Studies Program (GNST)

General Studies Program (GNST)

Arts & Sciences Commons 1048, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI 49307

The General Studies Program is for students who meet one or both of the minimum University standards for admission but are not eligible for the degree program of choice.

The purpose of the GNST program is to facilitate students' academic development by enabling them to enroll in courses at the University and work toward meeting requirements for entrance into their chosen program. The Ferris State University Seminar course, FSUS 100, and General Education courses are requirements for the program. The FSUS 100 instructor is the GNST student's advisor and provides guidance for a smooth transition into the program of choice.

Students in the General Studies Program must meet with their assigned academic advisor prior to scheduling classes. Completion of eligibility requirements for the student's program of choice will allow them to make a program change.

Subject Program Requirements Credit Hours
ENGL By Placement 3-7
MATH By Placement 3-8
READ 106 or 176 By Placement 3 or 6
FSUS 100 FSU Seminar 1
UNIV 101 Study Skills 2

General Education

Students may complete their class schedules by enrolling in courses from the College of Arts and Sciences which will meet the University-wide general education requirements of Communication Competence (9 credit hours), Scientific Understanding (7 credit hours), Quantitative Skills (3-4 credit hours), Cultural Enrichment (9 credit hours), and Social Awareness (9 credit hours).

For program curriculum information contact:

Dr. Jason Bentley
Dean of Retention and Student Success
(231) 591-2428
[email protected]

For application, registration and orientation questions contact:

Shelly VandePanne
Director of Academic Student Success
[email protected]