Once enrolled in BIS, students on average take two courses each fall, spring, and summer term. Average time to completion is 3-4 years, assuming satisfactory academic progress and no leaves of absence. Here is a sample plan of the 20 courses required to complete the degree with a concentration in liberal arts (assuming 60 transferable credits).
Term 1: Required Liberal Studies Seminar and one concentration course
Term 2: 3000-level Liberal Studies Seminar and one concentration course
Term 3: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Social Sciences and one degree elective
Term 4: Special Topics in Conduct of Inquiry: Humanities and one concentration course
Term 5: One concentration course and one degree elective
Term 6: One concentration course and one degree elective
Term 7: One concentration course and one degree elective
Term 8: Two degree electives
Term 9: Capstone I and one degree elective
Term 10: Capstone II and one degree elective
The time it takes to complete your degree depends on how many transferable credits at admission and number of courses you take each semester. However, students must complete the program within seven years. On average, students complete the program within 3-4 years. The BIS staff gladly will talk with students individually about alternatives.
* The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements.
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