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.
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 by clicking on the “Click to Get Started Today!” link. After watching the video, students should complete the Integrated Studies Intent Form, also located on the website. The Intent Form will help students focus their educational goals, and let the program know their interests. Once a student has completed the Intent Form, they will be sent an email by the program to schedule an appointment.
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
Total credit hours in two or three integrated course plans 48
Integrated Studies Senior Portfolio (INTS 4900) 3
Electives to complete 120 hours variable
Total hours must include:
Upper division credit hours 39
Upper division hours within integrated major 21 (including INTS 4900)
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.