Why Choose the Bachelor of Integrative Studies Program?
The Bachelor of Integrative Studies Program is a flexible degree program designed for highly motivated, independent students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary baccalaureate degree in educational areas where Ferris State University has appropriate faculty, facilities, and course work, but for which FSU does not have an existing baccalaureate degree program.
Within the individualized study program, a student could propose a program of study that crosses department or college disciplinary areas in an unconventional manner or creates a new configuration of areas of study. Proposed programs do not duplicate any existing FSU majors, and all Integrative Studies programs are approved by the Program Coordinator in consultation with the BIS Program Committee.
In short, the program allows students to develop competencies from a variety of disciplines that will be well matched with their intended career and/or educational goals.
There are three main concentrations, or program options, in the BIS program. All of the concentrations allow flexibility to students to propose coursework geared toward their clearly defined career goals, job advancement, and/or graduate study. For each of the three Program Options in the BIS, individual programs of study are developed with and approved by the Program Coordinator. An assigned faculty advisor will also assist in this process for the student's successful completion of the degree.
Admission into the BIS program requires the following:
For transfer students coming from other FSU programs or from other institutions:
Admission to FSU in good standing; cumulative GPA of at least 2.0; initial interview with Program Coordinator (in person or by phone); application portfolio containing: 1) letter of application to the BIS Program Coordinator with a statement of educational/career goals and how the BIS degree may be well matched; 2) current resume; 3) proposed program of study; 4) employer letter (for Option 3 only).
First-year student admission (non-transfer):
first year student admission is open to high school graduates (or equivalent) who demonstrate appropriate academic preparedness, maturity, and seriousness of purpose. High school courses, ACT composite score, and ACT Mathematics and Reading subscores will be considered in the admission and course placement process. First year students must also participate in an interview with the Program Coordinator (in person or by phone) and provide an admission portfolio containing the following: 1) letter of application to the BIS Program Coordinator with a statement of educational/career goals and how the BIS degree may be well matched; 2) proposed program of study for the BIS degee.
All BIS graduates must fulfill the following:
Completion of the University General Education requirement; a minimum of 120 credits with a minimum of 40 at the 300 or higher level; a minimum of 30 credits taught by FSU; a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher; completion of the approved BIS Program Option in consultation with the Program Coordinator; and all other University requirements.
NOTE: The BIS degree is not available to students who would be better served with another bachelor degree offered by FSU, nor may it be received as a second bachelor degree using the same credits as another bachelor degree offered at FSU.
Dr. Roxanne Cullen
BIS Program Coordinator
College of Arts and Sciences
820 Campus Drive, ASC 1009
Big Rapids, MI 49307