The Bachelor of Integrative Studies (BIS) degree replaces the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) Degree program offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. Please review this page and the material in the Fall 2012 catalog to learn more. For those interested in applying to the new BIS program, the admissions deadlines are as follows: April 15 is the application deadline for program approval for the summer term; July 15 is the application deadline for program approval for the fall term; and November 1 is the application deadline for program approval for the spring term.
The Bachelor of Integrative Studies (BIS) is a non-major degree for juniors or seniors (those with at least 60 earned hours) that provides maximum freedom for students who wish to take a multidisciplinary, individualized approach to the design of an educational program while maintaining a focus on career or professional goals. This degree may have the most appeal for students near the end of their academic careers who are re-evaluating their academic and career choices. The student is responsible for the research and design of the curriculum, subject to University requirements and approval by the College. Students choose a minimum of three academic departments in which to select courses and develop a rationale for the way in which these courses support their career goals. There are two concentrations within the BIS degree: Integrative Studies-General, which allows students to choose a minimum of 30 credit hours from interrelated programs that support their career aspirations, and the Integrative Studies-Three Minors concentration which allows students to complete three university-recognized minors and/or certificates.
July 15 is the application deadline for program approval for the fall term; November 1 is the application deadline for program approval for the spring term; and April 15 is the application deadline for program approval for the summer term. Due to the unique nature of the program, applications are not accepted on a rolling basis.
A student who has already completed the course or hour requirements for another College of Arts and Sciences major MAY NOT be admitted to the BIS degree program. Students who have already earned a baccalaureate degree are not eligible to pursue the BIS Degree. BIS may not be combined with another major or field of concentration.
Students must choose from one of the two BIS concentrations (General or Three Minors) as part of the application process. Changing concentrations requires re-application to the program and Collegial approval.
This degree requires a minimum of 15 hours of new coursework after admission to the program (reflected in the concentration chosen and plan developed by student), as well as coursework from programs in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Changes in the coursework are subject to approval by the BIS advisor and must occur in advance of signing up for the course.