2018-2019 General Catalog 
    Apr 26, 2018  
2018-2019 General Catalog

Office of Undergraduate Studies

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University of Utah
Address: 195 S Central Campus Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Phone: 801-581-3811
Fax: 801-585-3581
Website: ugs.utah.edu
Email: info@ugs.utah.edu

Dean: Martha Bradley, Ph.D., Senior Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Mission Statement

Helping you build a bridge to college and life-long learning, personal development, and civic responsibility.

The Office of Undergraduate Studies is charged with helping implement the University’s educational mission. It does this by:

  • Maintaining, in cooperation with departments and colleges, general education and bachelor degree requirement courses. These courses seek to instill in students an appreciation for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and perspectives that constitute the foundation of college and life-long learning, responsible and rewarding professional service, personal development, and civic responsibility. General education promotes free and rational inquiry, critical thinking, creative expression, understanding and respect for diversity, intellectual integrity and social responsibility
  • Assisting students as they transition to the University from high school or other educational institutions, complete their General Education and Bachelor’s Degree requirements, and pick a major
  • Establishing new degree programs and reviewing existing programs for quality and coherence through the Undergraduate Council and in collaboration with colleges and departments
  • Providing administrative support for the following programs and offices: the Bachelor of University Studies degree, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE), Continuing Education, the Honors College, the Learning, Engagement, Achievement, and Progress (LEAP) first-year experience program, National Student Exchange , Orientation, Study Abroad, the Undergraduate Council, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), Academic Advising Center, Student Success and Empowerment Initiative, and Office of Outreach and Engagement.
  • Administering a variety of faculty and student awards and scholarships.

Undergraduate Studies Student Programs

Academic Advising Center

The Academic Advising Center supports the undergraduate community through collaborative and comprehensive advising services as students explore, navigate, and graduate.

Website: advising.utah.edu

Phone: 801-581-8146

Bachelor of University Studies (B.U.S.) Program

The purpose of the Bachelor of University Studies (B.U.S.) degree option provides flexibility of creating an individualized major in an area not otherwise available at the University. The student/advisor team submits the proposed major to the University Studies Committee for approval. 

Website: www.ugs.utah.edu/bus

Contact: 801-585-6423

Bennion Community Service Center

The Bennion Center fosters lifelong service and civic participation by engaging the University with the greater community in action, change, and learning.

Website: bennioncenter.org

Phone: 801-581-4811

Block U Program

Comprised of a set schedule of two semesters-15 hours each semester- that bundles General Education, support for student success, and integrated learning.

Website: blocku.utah.edu

Contact: 801-581-3811

Capstone Program

Capstone courses integrate coursework, knowledge, skills, and experiential learning for the purpose of enabling students to demonstrate their synthesis of knowledge in real-world applications.  This is accomplished through providing students with opportunities to apply their accumulated learning to a meaningful project, assess outcomes, and position themselves for emerging opportunities in their fields.

Website: capstone.ugs.utah.edu

Center for Learning Abroad

Find information for all of the steps to planning your study abroad.

Website: learningabroad.utah.edu

Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (CTLE)

Our Mission is to promote effective teaching and learning at the University through instructor/instructional development. The Center serves the instructional needs of all teachers on campus (faculty, adjuncts, graduate student instructors and teaching assistants) by providing a safe place for developing or improving teaching skills through evaluations, consultations, workshops and special programs.

Our services include:

  • Courses: UGS 6000, UGS 6510, UGS 6590, UGS 6900.
  • Higher Education Teaching Specialists (HETS) designation
  • TA Scholars program
  • Individual department seminars
  • Workshops in best practices for instructors and instruction
  • Online or in-person evaluations by CTLE consultants
  • New faculty orientations
  • Online training modules

Website: www.ctle.utah.edu

Phone: 801-581-7597

Continuing Education

Continuing Education programs offer credit and noncredit courses that provide unique pathways to and through the university, professional development and personal enrichment opportunities. Classes for people age 2 to 102 range from art to recreation to languages to technology to cooking. Our department includes Academic Programs (credit and noncredit), the English Language Institute, Go Learn, Lifelong Learning, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Professional Education, Test Preparation, and Youth Education.

Website: continue.utah.edu

Honors College

The Honors College is designed to enrich undergraduate students’ academic careers and prepare them for graduate work. Smaller classes encourage a more intimate, intensive, and stimulating learning experience. A student body of over 1,800 has access to a unique Honors curriculum where students can satisfy their general education requirements and complete the requirements for the University Honors degree. For more information, see the Honors College  in the catalog.

Website: www.honors.utah.edu.

Phone: 801-581-7383

LEAP Program, first year Learning CommUnities

LEAP is a year-long learning community for entering University of Utah students. The program helps such students make a successful transition to the U in a supportive environment, while also providing a solid academic foundation and the study skills necessary to get the most out of their university education. Students enroll in a two-semester seminar and study with the same classmates and faculty member for both semesters. The two semesters of the seminar fulfill two General Education requirements and the university’s Diversity requirement. LEAP students also have opportunities to fulfill other general education requirements, to take special LEAP writing classes, to enroll in LEAP-only research, service, and major selection courses, and to participate in social and service activities. Sections of LEAP are especially for majors in Architecture & Planning, Engineering, Education, Fine Arts, Health, Humanities, Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Social Work. There are also multi-year LEAP programs for women and other underrepresented students planning careers in health sciences, nursing, STEM fields, or the law; and there are sections for students exploring for a major.

Website: leap.utah.edu

Phone: info@leap.utah.edu

National Student Exchange

Undergraduate exchange within the United States and Canada.

Website: nse.utah.edu

New University Scholars Program

A new and exciting program comprised of exceptional, accomplished students with diverse backgrounds and life experiences.

Website: ugs.utah.edu/students/u-scholars

Office of Engagement

Connects community and University knowledge and experience by fostering collaborative, participative, relevant and imaginative programming and dialogue.

Website: engagement.utah.edu

Office of Undergraduate Research

To support undergraduate students involvement in research, the Office of Undergraduate Research offers research grants, travel & small grants, and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), which provides undergraduate students the chance to collaborate with faculty members on cutting-edge research. Students get first-hand experience with research proposals, funding, and presentations, giving students a head start toward working in the research field of their choice. We also offer a transcript designation-the Undergraduate Research Scholar Designation (URSD)-to officially recognize students who have devoted themselves to research as an undergraduate at the U.

Website: our.utah.edu


Through our programs students are introduced to opportunities that encourage engagement in the academic, cultural, and social components of the undergraduate experience in an effort to ease their transition to the University of Utah.

Website: orientation.utah.edu

Student Success Impowerment Initiative

Supporting you in creating your success here at the University of Utah is the most important thing we do. We know that your situation is unique, so we take time to work closely with you to learn about your particular needs, aspirations, and goals.

Website: studentsuccess.utah.edu/advocates-home

Undergraduate Advancement

Partners with parents and other members of the broader community in support of programs, initiatives, and scholarships that promote undergraduate students reaching their academic and career goals.

Website: undergraduate-advancement.utah.edu

University Professor Courses

University Professor is an honorary rank conferred on professors who have demonstrated extraordinary skill in undergraduate teaching and maintained a strong commitment to undergraduate education. University Professors are appointed by the Undergraduate Council to carry out a special project that enriches the educational opportunities available to undergraduates.

Contact: 801-581-3811

Program and Course Offerings




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