Nov 14, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Integrated Studies, B.I.S.

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UC Foundation Professor Gretchen E. Potts, Program Director


Bachelor of Integrated Studies is a unique degree that enables students to design a course plan to fit their educational and career goals by integrating courses from two or three academic disciplines. Prior learning can be assessed and applied to the degree.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the BIS degree will be able to:

1. Communicate – express a position verbally and in writing, with consideration for intent and audience.

2. Think reflectively – reflect on integrated learning and experiences in terms of theoretical and applied knowledge.

3. Solve problems – develop hypotheses, structure framework, and analyze to problem-solve.

4. Collaborate – collaborate through measurable experiential learning opportunities.

5. Integrate learning – connect learning across two or three disciplines, both theoretically and applied.

Pre-BIS and Admission to BIS Program:

All students wishing to earn a BIS degree should select the Pre-Bachelor of Integrated Studies major when applying to UTC. If you are a current UTC student, please consult with the program director before changing your major to Pre-BIS. 

Interested Students - How to Get Started

All interested students (current and future) should visit the Integrated Studies website at and watch the information video about the program by clicking on the “Click to Get Started Today!” link. After watching the video, students should complete the Integrated Studies Inquiry Form, also located on the website. The Inquiry Form will help students to focus their educational and career goals. Follow the instructions on the Inquiry Form for further steps.

Graduation Requirements

Students earning a Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree will complete 120 total credit hours and the same general education requirements as other undergraduate students (41 credit hours). Graduates must earn a 2.0 GPA overall and in the integrated major. The courses selected for the major must be approved by the Integrated Studies program. The specific graduation requirements are:

Total Credit Hours                                     120
General Education credit hours                    41
Credit hours in integrated major                  45 (including capstone)
Electives to complete 120 hours                  variable

Total hours must include:
      Upper division credit hours 39
      Upper division hours within integrated major 21

Minor Options

Students may choose to add a minor to their Integrated Studies degree, but it is not required.  Minors most follow university guidelines, as stated in the catalog.  Therefore, a student may not choose a minor in a discipline that is being integrated into their degree.  Also, only six (6) credit hours from the major can count towards the minor.

Prior Learning Assessment by Portfolio

Prior Learning Assessment by Portfolio Credit is a method in which a student must provide evidence of acquired college-level learning (i.e. certificates, training program, etc.).  To document this evidence, a student who qualifies for this program is encouraged to enroll in INTS 3010, Prior Learning Portfolio Development. To learn more about the procedure for earning credit for prior learning, visit the website

General Education

(see Certified General Education Courses  for a list of approved courses)

Rhetoric and Writing: (6 hours)

  • Two approved courses in rhetoric and writing

Fine Arts and Humanities: (12 hours)

  • Complete one approved course in each subcategory

Historical Understanding (3 hours)

Literature (3 hours)

Thought, Values and Beliefs (3 hours)

Visual and Performing Arts (3 hours)

Natural Sciences: (7-8 hours)

  • Two approved natural science courses, at least one including a laboratory component

Behavioral and Social Sciences: (6 hours)

  • Two approved behavioral and social sciences courses in two different disciplines

Mathematics: (3 hours)

  • One approved mathematics course

Statistics: (3 hours)

  • One approved statistics course

Non-Western Culture: (3 hours)

  • One approved non-western culture course

Program Requirements

An application for admission to the degree program must be approved by the Integrated Studies Program prior to the student earning 42 hours or within the first semester for students entering with 42 or more earned hours. The program contains 45 hours in the approved program of study, including:

  • Integrated, interdisciplinary program, tailored to specific goals of the student;
  • 21 upper division hours (including the capstone); and

Additional Information and Notes

2.0 average in all courses within the approved program of study.

Minimum of 39 hours of 3000 and 4000 level courses.

Electives to complete 120 hours.

See Degree and Graduation Requirements  for additional requirements.

ClearPath for Advising

The ClearPath for Advising guides provide students with an opportunity to see program requirements defined in a semester-by-semester format. The ClearPath for Advising guides also provide students with important tips, pointers, and suggestions for staying on track with progress toward the degree.  Your ClearPath is available through the Center for Advisement website at

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