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Open house will provide bachelor’s degree program information

Prospective students interested in learning about degree programs offered by the University of Georgia at Gwinnett are being invited to attend an open house, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on March 16, at the Gwinnett University Center in Lawrenceville.

An admissions representative and coordinators for UGA’s undergraduate degree programs will be available to discuss higher education opportunities in the Atrium of Building B at the Gwinnett University Center, located just off Highway 316 at Collins Hill Road.

“We’re excited about the continued expansion of UGA degree programs available in Gwinnett,” says Cheryl Dozier, assistant vice president for academic affairs. “We want to encourage anyone who wants to explore the possibilities for earning a degree from one of the nation’s top 20 public universities to come to our open house.”

UGA currently offers seven bachelor’s degree programs at the Gwinnett University Center. These upper-division programs are open to transfer students with at least a 2.5 grade point average who have earned at least 60 hours of transferable course work at other institutions, as well as to students who already hold a bachelor’s degree and are seeking a second.

The degree offerings include:

  • a bachelor of business administration offered by the Terry College of Business,
  • two bachelor’s degrees in interdisciplinary studies offered by the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences-one emphasizing the biological sciences and the other emphasizing the social sciences,
  • three bachelor of science in education degrees offered by the College of Education-including a unique interdisciplinary program in instructional psychology, technology and teacher certification programs and training in science education, and special education, and
  • a bachelor of social work offered by the School of Social Work.

UGA has been providing graduate degree programs and continuing ­education in Gwinnett since 1984, when the University System Board of Regents first established the Gwinnett University Center as a locus for such activity. The College of Education has offered master’s degree programs in a variety of fields, ranging from early childhood education to occupational studies. Other master’s degree programs are offered in business administration, social work, public administration, and food science and technology.

Starting in fall 2004, UGA’s College of Pharmacy-in conjunction with the University System’s Intellectual Capital Partnership Program-will offer a special graduate-level certificate program to train regulatory-affairs professionals in the biosciences industry. UGA pharmacy professors will use Internet-based distance-learning courses, augmented by traditional classes taught at the Gwinnett University Center, to expedite participants’ movement through the program.

UGA began offering undergraduate degree programs in Gwinnett in 2002, when the Gwinnett University Center moved from temporary leased space to its current 177-acre campus. “The new facilities enabled us to add a new dimension to UGA’s involvement in Gwinnett,” says Bob Boehmer, senior administrator for UGA at Gwinnett.

The standards for admission to UGA’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered at the Gwinnett University Center are on par with the standards at the main campus in Athens. In addition to the minimum credit-hour and GPA requirements, transfer students applying for the undergraduate degree programs must meet the criteria for admission into the specific program they wish to pursue. “The degree earned is a UGA degree, though the course work is delivered in a setting other than Athens,” Boehmer notes.