Exploratory Studies

What is Exploratory Studies?

College is a time for self-discovery and exploration.Truly undecided students should take the opportunity to explore their strengths, academic interest, and talents before committing to a major.

Exploratory Studies student at UCBA have specifically assigned Exploratory Studies advisor to assist with decision-making and course selective while exploring degree options or working toward getting into a desired major. Click here to learn more about advising.

Where It Will Take you

The one- year Exploratory Studies program at UCBA provides a foundation of General Education courses, which will help you develop your critical thinking, effective communication, social responsibility, and knowledge integration. Employers value these competencies, and they fulfill part of the UC General Education requirements.

The one-year Exploratory Studies program at UCBA does not lead to a degree. The program offers opportunities to explore possible careers and majors, and, after one year in the program, students are required to select a degree program. After exploring their options, students may select one of many associate degree programs offered at UCBA, both the applied/career programs that lead to immediate employment or one of the many Associate of Arts or Associate of Sciences degrees that allow for smooth transition into baccalaureate programs at UC. Students may also choose to apply to a selective program at another UC College after a semester or a year.

Please note that students interested in the following programs should not select Exploratory Studies. The college offers other one-year programs that are better suited to these career choices:

  • Students interested in pursuing an associate’s degree in nursing, dental hygiene, or radiologic technology should apply to the Pre-Health Professions one-year program to prepare for selective admissions to these degree programs.
  • Students interested in applying to the baccalaureate program in special education or secondary language arts, should select the UCBA one-year program: Pre-Special Education or Pre-Secondary Language Arts. 

Non-Degree Program

The one-year Exploratory Studies program at UCBA does not lead to a degree. The program offers opportunities to explore possible careers and majors, and, after one year in the program, students are required to select a degree program.

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Contact Information

Program Coordinator
Phone: (513) 936-1754
Email: krista.sigler@uc.edu

Program Details: Exploratory Studies

Admission Requirements

This program is open to all students with a diploma from an accredited high school or GED and the desire to succeed in college.  Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet math and science prerequisites before taking certain courses.

 High school students who are considering UC Blue Ash College should take either the SAT or ACT test for guidance and counseling. 

 More detailed information can be found at the college’s admissions web site: http://www.ucblueash.edu/admissions/index.html

Transfer Student Admission Requirements

Transferring to UC Blue Ash College:  

UC Blue Ash College has an open admission policy (although some programs within the college are selective admissions.) Students admitted to the college must show proof of high school graduation or successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) exam. Submission of standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) is recommended but not required. Transfer students must also supply official transcripts from each previously attended institution. Credits are accepted from any institution currently accredited by any of the six regional accrediting agencies.  Credits transferred from another institution may not fulfill specific requirements for the degree.  An official evaluation of transfer credit from other colleges will be processed after the student’s file is complete.

Information can be found at http://admissions.uc.edu/transfer.html

International Admission Requirements

International students wishing to apply to UCBA can find information at http://admissions.uc.edu/international.html


This curriculum information is intended as a general information guide for students considering enrollment in this program. These online tools are designed to assist you, but are not a substitute for meeting with your academic advisor.

If you are currently confirmed or enrolled, you can check your degree requirements online. If you are considering transferring to this major form another school, use u.select to see how credits you have earned will transfer to UC.

First Semester Courses:

Each student’s schedule looks different, but the following is an example of what your schedule might look like during your first semester:

  • MLTI 1021- First-Year Experience Course: Student Success Seminar- 3 credit hours
  • ENGL 1001- Intor to English Composition- 3 hours
  • General Education: Humanities and Literature- 3 hours
  • General Education: Historical Perspectives- 3 hours
  • General Education: Social Science- 3 hours

Success Factors

Exploratory Studies students will be success if they take advantage of the following resources and programs offered at UCBA.

  • Professional Exploratory Studies Advising: Advisors can give you information about all of UCBA’s majors as well as providing personal assessment and evaluation.
  • Students Success Seminar (MLTI 1021): This course helps Exploratory Studies students choose a major and provides an introduction to college life.

Contact Information

Program Coordinator
Krista Sigler
Phone: (513) 936-1754
Email: krista.sigler@uc.edu