Dec 02, 2021  
2018-2019 General Catalog 

Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.)

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Program Summary

The BIS major requires students to integrate two or more specific disciplines into a customized program of study, which is then linked together by a common core of classes designed to help students synthesize and communicate the relevance of the integration. BIS majors must complete a minimum of 50 credits in the program, 8 of which comprise the common core. Course substitution is not allowed within the common core. The other 42 credits will be drawn from various SUU courses, depending on the student’s needs and in consultation with the Program Director. A total of 30 upper-division credits must be within the BIS program of study. The BIS degree is housed in the School of Integrative and Engaged Learning .

Program Information

  • All courses must be passed with a “C-” (1.7) or better to be counted in the major.
  • Graduates from this degree program cannot be approved for state certification as a teacher using this major.
  • Students who wish to pursue a BIS degree must gain approval for their curriculum design from the appropriate Student Success Advisor, the program coordinator, and the Dean of the School of Integrative and Engaged Learning  before they have earned 75 total undergraduate credits. Students who have earned more than 75 credits should consider a different degree, such as General Studies (B.A., B.S.) . Certain circumstances may warrant exceptions with approval from the three persons listed above.

General Education Requirement (31-36 Credits)

See General Education  for course options.

  • Core Course Requirements 12-13 Credits
  • Knowledge Area Requirements 19-23 Credits

Experiential Education University Requirement - EDGE Program (3 Credits)

NOTE: As of 7/12/2019, students pursuing this bachelor’s degree are no longer required to complete the EDGE courses for graduation.

See Experiential Education  for more information.

Interdisciplinary Studies Curriculum Summary (50 Credits)

Interdisciplinary Studies Courses (42 Credits)

Free Electives (31-36 Credits)

Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. For a bachelor’s degree, students must earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (courses numbered 3000-4999). Students may need to select additional upper-division courses not included in their major requirements in order to reach this minimum. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for details.

Total Credits, B.I.S. Degree: 120

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