Bachelor of Integrative Studies & Innovation Graduation Requirements

Students must see an advisor in the LAIS office to apply for graduation one year prior to that in which they plan to graduate. An “Apply to Graduate” hold will appear on the student’s account once the student has earned 100 credit hours to remind them of this requirement. At this time, the student and the advisor will view a Lobotrax Degree Audit specifying the work remaining to be completed for graduation. It should be noted that students are solely responsible for knowing and completing all requirements for graduation from the Integrative Studies program. Students must know how to run and read their LoboTrax Degree Audits in order to check on their graduation progress. We recommend students run and save (or print) an audit each time a change is made to their schedule as audits are not saved in Loboweb.

In addition to adherence to approved plans of study, specific graduation requirements are as follows:

  1. Completion of the University Core curriculum.

  2. A minimum of 120 credit hours of earned credit acceptable to the program as defined above.

  3. A minimum cumulative UNM grade point average of 2.00.

  4. A minimum of 45 credit hours earned in courses at the upper-division level (courses numbered 300–499). Transfer courses in which credit hours were earned at a lower-division designation cannot be transferred as upper-division to count towards a B.I.S.I. degree.

  5. A minimum grade-point average of 2.00 on all upper-division course work completed at The University of New Mexico. 

  6. A minimum of 36 credit hours of academic work earned after admission to the Integrative Studies and Innovation program (department residency requirement). These may not include: credit by exam, transfer credit and/or concurrent enrollment, nonprofessional-physical education and/or music ensemble, or independent study/problems courses unless specifically approved by an LAIS Advisor.) They must include the final 36 credit hours of enrollment prior to graduation from the program.

  7. A minimum of 9 credit hours of LAIS core courses: LAIS 150, 311 or approved 309, and 499

  8. Completion of three disciplines at UNM. 

  9. Statement of how the chosen disciplines create a singular experience for the student as they transition from undergraduate education (e.g., workforce, graduate school, etc.).

  10. Fulfillment of the University residency requirement (30 credit hours, including the "15 after 92 rule").

  11. Completion of a capstone project (LAIS 499 Senior Seminar).  Students are required to submit a project proposal to be approved by their faculty mentor. 

    • Project Proposal.  The proposal should:

      • Establish a faculty mentor and include the mentor's name, department, and contact information;
      • Explain the motivation for the project (rationale, goals, time frame);
      • Discuss the intellectual merit, including how the project will address a “problem” through distinctiveness and/or creativity;
      • Demonstrate the feasibility of the project (student's qualifications, needed resources, etc.).