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 http://www.utc.edu/integrated-studies 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.
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
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 http://www.utc.edu/integrated-studies/prior-learning-assessment.php.