University Studies

Complete your journey with US!

Since 2014, more than 2,000 people have earned their Bachelor of Science in University Studies (BS-US) from East Carolina University. The BS-US is a rewarding option for adult learners who need an alternate degree choice from a traditional BA/BS degree. Students within the degree program can utilize many of their accumulated credits from their previous major(s) and/or transfer credits and have a greater degree of flexibility in their course of study. University Studies students receive guidance from expert advisors on how to design their individualized BS-US with the aim that it meets their academic, career, and/or personal goals.

The Bachelor of Science in University Studies is perfect for students with a higher number of completed credit hours (a minimum of 75 earned hours is required to declare), transfer students, military affiliated students, and “Finish” students (former Pirates who left ECU without a degree) who need a degree that is flexible, personalized, and rewarding.

While earning a bachelor’s degree is a big commitment, the rewards are plentiful and within your reach.  A brighter economic future, more career possibilities, and a greater sense of personal fulfillment are all possible with the completion of our BS-US!

University Studies at a glance:

Student Enrollment Status: Part-time (52%), Full-time (48%)
Online vs. On-Campus: Online only (94%), Hybrid (6%), On-Campus only (0%)
Student Age Distribution: 25 or older (57%), 24 or younger (43%)
Credits Completed Upon Entering Program: 75-90 credits (11%), 91+ credits (89%)
University Studies Alumni Status: Employed full-time (62.5%), Employed part-time (10.4%), Enrolled in program of continuing education (20.8%), Not seeking employment (2.1%), Participating in volunteer program (2.1%), Serving in U.S. military (2.1%)

Source: ECU Analytics Portal (Spring 2021)

After Graduation:

Employment: Given the vast range of interests covered by students through the self-designed BS-US, our graduates have gone into a wide range of careers in education, healthcare, media design, marketing and many other professional fields.  The completion of the BS-US also provides many graduates with advancement opportunities within their existing vocation including increased earning potential and upward mobility.

Graduate School: Many University Studies alumni choose to pursue graduate study, alternative teacher licensure, or other professional programs.

ECU Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

“We acknowledge the Tuscarora people, who are the traditional custodians of the land on which we work and live, and recognize their continuing connection to the land, water, and air that Greenville consumes. We pay respect to the eight state-recognized tribes of North Carolina; Coharie, Eastern Band of Cherokee, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Band of Saponi, Sappony, and Waccamaw-Siouan, all Nations, and their elders past, present, and emerging.”