Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) at SUU

Take control of your education, choose courses that interest you, and prepare yourself for an interconnected world.

By earning a BIS degree, you can build your own path to graduation by selecting courses from across the disciplines that relate to your specific interests. Some students want to specialize in multiple areas without increasing their time to graduation. Others want to major in a field of study that SUU doesn’t offer. The BIS major allows the most freedom to construct a degree path that is customized to your needs.


The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) is a rigorous degree that allows students to customize and develop a program of study to integrate interests from different disciplines. It emphasizes a broad learning experience and offers students the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary, academically sound, and intentional education directly relevant to the student’s intellectual development and career goals.

Degree Requirements

Option 1

  • Students choose two (2) emphases. Students complete at least 21 credits in each emphasis, for a total of 42 credits
  • At least 12 credits in each emphasis must be upper-division (3000 or higher), for a total of 24 upper-division credits.

Option 2

  • Students choose 42 credits from multiple emphases within a proposed theme.
  • At least 24 of those credits must be upper-division (3000 or higher).

In both Option 1 and Option 2, students must meet the following requirements:

  • In addition to the 42 credits from other emphases, students must complete BIS 2000 (2 credits), BIS 3000 (3 credits), and BIS 4000 (3 credits), for a total of 8 BIS credits.
  • Students must complete all General Education and other SUU requirements.
  • Students must complete a total of 120 credits, including 40 upper-division (3000 or higher) credits. Upper-division credits include the minimum 24 upper-division credits from emphases and 6 upper-division BIS credits.
  • A minimum of C- is required for any course counted toward the major.
  • No pass/fail course may be used toward the BIS degree without prior approval.

How to Apply

Work with the appropriate Advisor to construct your program:

  • Aimee Kaiser:
  • Ryan Avery (Aviation):