Integrative Studies & Innovation Major

The focused nature of the Bachelor of Integrative Studies and Innovation (B.I.S.I.) degree specifically engages students who have a particular creative solution they are seeking within their degree plan not offered by any singular discipline.  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.  Students will be required to select  three disciplines.  Students have the option to complete a departmental minor, but will not be required to complete one. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Integrative Studies and Innovation program for the current term must take place before the end of the third week of classes. After that deadline, admission is for the following term (Fall, Spring or Summer). Please see an advisor for more information on LAIS admission requirements.

Minimum requirements to transfer into the Integrative Studies program are:

  1. Completion of the General Education Communication area
  2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher
  3. LAIS 150: Foundations of Integrative Thought
  4. Twenty-six or more hours of earned credit applicable to this program

Application Process

Application to the Integrative Studies and Innovation program includes a preliminary advisement session with an LAIS academic advisor. The meeting is the student’s opportunity to discuss their ideas, goals, requirements for the degree, and ask any questions they may have before admission to the program.  

In order to apply to the Integrative Studies and Innovation 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. Write and submit a Statement of Purpose (no less than 250 words): The Statement of Purpose should describe how a Bachelor of Integrative Studies and Innovation will help meet the educational and career goals.

  3. Create and submit a Plan of Study: This comprehensive Plan of Study must list all coursework taken, including transfer credits, and all remaining courses that the student intends to take to complete their B.I.S.I. degree. The Plan of Study must also include the three disciplines the student intends on pursuing.  In preparing a Plan, students must consult The University of New Mexico Catalog to find courses and minors (if applicable) for their interdisciplinary plans.

  4. A Project Proposal. Your proposal should detail the following:

    • 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.).

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 Integrative Studies & Innovation major will include:

  • LAIS 150: Foundations of Integrative Thought 
  • LAIS 311: Experiential Research 
  • LAIS 499: Senior Seminar
  • Three disciplines at UNM

Major Requirements

Credit Hours

Core Courses

LAIS 150

Foundations of Integrative Thought


LAIS 311

Experiential Learning and Research


LAIS 499

Senior Seminar




Additional Requirements

Discipline One


Discipline Two


Discipline Three


 Approved Degree Plan Total (minimum)


Approved Degree Plan = 45 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 and Innovation [B.I.S.I] Grade Point Average. The B.I.S.I. grade point average is based on all attempted University of New Mexico courses that are acceptable to the Integrative Studies and Innovation 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.


Concentration in Global and National Security

The B.I.S.I. concentration in Global and National Security is designed for students who wish to focus on analysis of global and national security issues and to their potential solutions. An understanding of the policy and technical elements of global and national trends is essential to being able to analyze issues and threats related to global and national security. To complete this concentration, students must take: basic critical thinking and quantitative analysis courses, a foreign (non-English) language sequence, a foundational course that introduces concepts of global and national security, as well as electives in global and national security.  For additional information, please visit: UNM National Security Studies Programs.