Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (B.I.S.) degree program provides students with the opportunity to apply coursework in multiple fields toward an undergraduate degree. It is well-suited for students whose career goals call for training in more than one discipline, or who want a breadth of knowledge in several fields rather than a depth of knowledge in a single discipline. Students seeking the B.I.S. degree must declare it as their major in the same manner and at the same time that other students declare a major. For more information about the B.I.S. degree, contact CASA, the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Center.
Three minors comprise this multiple-discipline academic major. No more than 27 credit hours in any one discipline may count toward the degree. Any single-area minor offered at ASU may be used toward the academic major, providing it includes at least 18 credit hours with at least six at the advanced level and in residence.
The B.I.S. degree consists of a multiple-discipline academic major, other requirements and electives totaling at least 120 credit hours. At least 30 hours must be taken in residence. At least 42 hours must be advanced (3000/4000 level courses), of which 24 must be in residence. Twenty-four of the last 30 credit hours are required in residence.
Multiple-Discipline Academic Major
The academic major in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies requires a minimum of 54 credit hours. Students may choose from any three minor areas listed below to make up their major. Multiple-discipline minors are accepted as single-area minors. Each minor must include at least 18 credit hours with at least six hours at the advanced level and in residence. The multiple-area minor may not be used.
The three minors should include a total of at least 24 credit hours of advanced-level courses to meet the minimum advanced hours requirement.
A comprehensive list of minors, including specific minor requirements, is located in the current Undergraduate Catalog. Available ASU minors include:
- Ag Science and Leadership
- Agricultural Economics
- Animal Science
- Border Security
- Business Administration
- Coaching Preparation
- Computational and Applied Mathematics
- Computer Science
- Creative Writing
- Criminal Justice
- Cultural Competence and Security Studies
- Earth Science
- Film Studies
- Food Science
- Gender Studies
- Leadership Studies
- Mass Media
- Mexican American Studies
- Political Science
- Professional Education
- Public Relations
- Range and Wildlife Management
- Social Work
- Special Education
- Technical and Business Writing for Business Major
- Technical and Business Writing for Non-Business Major