In less than a year, Great Basin College has added several new bachelors’ degrees to its offerings, giving rural Nevada students more options when choosing their major field of study.

The college’s most recent degrees approved the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents include the Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and Bachelor of Arts in Natural Resources.

“I am pleased to announce the creation of a new Bachelor of Arts degree program at GBC,” said Social Science Program Supervisor Jonathan Foster. “This degree will replace the former Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies (BAIS)- Social Science emphasis.”

Foster explained this transition to a new degree program is benefiting students in several ways.

“The new degree can be earned entirely online, and its name is more recognizable to potential employers.”

Similar to the college’s other bachelor degree options, the BA in Social Science is an acclaimed option for students wishing to attend graduate school, advance in their current fields, or embark on new career paths.

“It’s a great degree for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in Anthropology, History, Political Science, and Psychology,” said Foster. “We have exceptional faculty teaching in the program, and the B.A. in Social Science students will receive excellent preparation.”

The same benefits hold true for the Bachelor of Arts in Natural Resources degree, replacing the former BAIS in Natural Resources.

Completion of the natural resources degree will give students employment opportunities in a variety of careers including land management, environmental consulting, lab technicians, as well as a foundation for graduate level study.

The B.A. in Natural Resources is a mixed delivery degree option. Students who wish to complete the degree will be required to attend labs in Elko and Winnemucca.

Students who are interested in pursuing the bachelor’s degrees will earn an associate degree as they proceed through the program on the way to the bachelor’s degree. Those with an appropriate associate degree will enter the program with junior status.

Interested students are encouraged to make their interest in the programs known, and departmental faculty will be happy to advise them from first semester onward.

Anyone interested in pursuing the Social Science degree is encouraged to contact Foster by calling 775-753-2128 or emailing

Anyone interested in the Natural Resources degree is encouraged to contact Natural Resources Program Supervisory Peter Bagley by calling 775-753-2229 or emailing