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BIS Major

The focused nature of the B.I.S. degree specifically engages students who would benefit from closer collaboration with a faculty mentor(s) through experiential research and/or participation with faculty-led problem solving teams. Students are encouraged to design an individualized program that will prepare them for unique or advanced learning experiences, including international, cooperative or professional schools. It may be used as part of a dual degree or as a second degree, and an existing departmental minor is required.

BIS Admission Requirements

Admission to the Integrative Studies program must take place before the end of the third week of classes.  Minimum requirements to transfer into the Integrative Studies program are:

  1. Completion of the University Writing & Speaking Core.
  2. Completion of the University Mathematics Core.
  3. Completion of the University Foreign Language Core.
  4. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher.
  5. Twenty-six or more hours of earned credit applicable to this program.


Application Process

Application to the Integrative Studies program includes a preliminary advisement session with an LAIS Academic Advisor. The meeting is the student’s opportunity to discuss their ideas and goals for their degree, and ask any questions they may have before admission to the program.  In order to apply to the Integrative Studies program, students must:

  1. Meet with an LAIS Advisor. This will give you the opportunity to meet with someone to discuss the program and learn about resources that will help you with the rest of the application process.

  2. Design and submit a comprehensive Plan of Study. This Plan of Study must list all remaining courses that the student intends to take to complete their B.I.S. degree. In preparing a Plan, the student must consult The University of New Mexico Catalog to find courses appropriate for their theme-based plan.

  3. A Project Proposal. Your proposal should detail the following:
    • A faculty mentor: name, department, and contact information;
    • The motivation for this project (rationale, goals, time frame);
    • The intellectual merit, including how the project will address a “problem” through distinctiveness and/or creativity;
    • The feasibility of the project (how are you qualified, resources needed, etc.).

Note: Application will not be accepted unless all pieces are submitted together – plan, project proposal, and is signed by both the student and faulty mentor.

A B.I.S. major will include:

  • LAIS 150: Foundations of Integrative Thought (3); Co-Req: 399
  • LAIS 310: Investigations in Research: Methodologies & Techniques (3); Pre-Req: 150; Co-Req: 399
  • LAIS 311: Experiential Research (3); Pre-Req: 310; Co-Req: 399
  • LAIS 399: Interdisciplinary Synthesis (1)
  • LAIS 399: Interdisciplinary Synthesis (1)
  • LAIS 399: Interdisciplinary Synthesis (1)
  • LAIS 499: Senior Seminar (3); Pre-Req: 310, 311, 399 (x3)

Core Courses = 15 credit hours

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  • Approved Departmental Course A or B __________ (3)
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Elective Courses = 21 credit hours
Approved Degree Plan = 36 credit hours (minimum)


Courses for Which Degree Credit Is and Is Not Given

Credit toward a degree will be given for:

  1. Up to 4 hours of Physical Education-Nonprofessional (PE-NP); and up to 4 hours of music ensemble.
  2. Up to 30 hours of correspondence course work.
  3. Any approved course work from an accepted Baccalaureate degree program.

Credit toward a degree will not be given for:

  1. Any course numbered 100 (e.g., ISE 100, ISM 100).
  2. Any hours in a course that exceeds the maximum number of hours the originating department stipulates for that course in the catalog.

Integrative Studies [B.I.S.] Grade Point Average. The B.I.S. grade point average is based on all attempted University of New Mexico courses that are acceptable to the Integrative Studies program, as defined above.
Questions regarding any aspect of the program should be addressed to an advisor in the LAIS office. Please request an appointment.