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Interdisciplinary Studies BIS
Program Overview

Across the length of our working lives, most of us will change careers; probably more than once. A degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) from The University of Southern Mississippi provides our students with the tools needed to make sense of our fast-paced world. Our bachelor’s degree allows students to choose concentrations from a variety of disciplines across the university, and integrate them into a unified program of study. If you have ever considered medical school, law school, a career in communications, management, the arts, the non-profit sector, or even owning your own business, this program from Southern Miss might be the perfect fit for you.

Online at Southern Miss is proud to offer this convenient and affordable interdisciplinary studies option to our students who can’t make it to campus everyday. While some coursework is done in the classroom, BIS students enjoy a flexible learning environment with online course options. Let Southern Miss help you achieve your career goals that include a variety of your interests. This is your life, plus college.

 

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Degree Requirements


  • ENG 101 – Composition One 3 hrs.
  • ENG 102 – Composition Two 3 hrs.


Science Requirement (8 hours minimum)

Select 2 courses with labs:

  • AST 111 – General Astronomy I 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 111L – General Astronomy I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • AST 112 – General Astronomy II 3 hrs. AND
  • AST 112L – General Astronomy II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • BSC 103 – Biology and Society 3 hrs. ◊ AND
  • BSC 103L – Biology and Society Laboratory 1 hr ◊
  • BSC 110 – Principles of Biological Science I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 110L – Principles of Biological Science I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • BSC 111 – Principles of Biological Science II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 111L – Principles of Biological Science II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • BSC 250 – Human Anatomy and Physiology I 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 250L – Human Anatomy and Physiology I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • BSC 251 – Human Anatomy and Physiology II 3 hrs. AND
  • BSC 251L – Human Anatomy and Physiology II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • CHE 104 – Chemistry and Our Environment 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 104L – Chemistry and Our Environment Laboratory 1 hr.
  • CHE 106 – General Chemistry I 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 106L – General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • CHE 107 – General Chemistry II 3 hrs. AND
  • CHE 107L – General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • GHY 104 – Weather and Climate 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 104L – Weather and Climate Laboratory 1 hr.
  • GHY 105 – Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography 3 hrs. AND
  • GHY 105L – Landforms, Hydrology and Biogeography Laboratory 1 hr.
  • MAR 151 – Introduction to Ocean Science 3 hrs. AND
  • MAR 151L – Introduction to Ocean Science Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 103 – Introductory Physics 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 103L – Introductory Physics Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 111 – General Physics I 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 111L – General Physics I Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 112 – General Physics II 3 hrs. AND
  • PHY 112L – General Physics II Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 201 – General Physics I with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 201L – General Physics I with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PHY 202 – General Physics II with Calculus 4 hrs. AND
  • PHY 202L – General Physics II with Calculus Laboratory 1 hr.
  • PSC 190 – Living in a Material World 3 hrs. AND
  • PSC 190L – Lab for Living in a Material World 1 hr.
Mathematics Requirement (3 hours)

  • MAT 100 – Quantitative Reasoning 3 hrs. ***
  • MAT 101 – College Algebra 3 hrs.
  • Higher-level MAT course


  • ENG 203 – World Literature 3 hrs.
Select 2 courses, 1 History required:

  • HIS 101 – World Civilizations: Beginnings to 1500 C.E. 3 hrs.
  • HIS 102 – World Civilizations: 1500 to the present 3 hrs.
  • PHI 151 – Introduction to Philosophy 3 hrs.
  • PHI 171 – Ethics and Good Living 3 hrs.
  • REL 131 – Comparative Religion 3 hrs.


Select 1 course:

  • ART 130 – Art Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • DAN 130 – Dance Appreciation 3 hrs.
  • MUS 165 – The Enjoyment of Music 3 hrs.
  • THE 100 – Theatrical Expressions 3 hrs.


Select 2 courses:

  • ANT 101 – The Human Experience: A Global Perspective on Human Diversity 3 hrs.
  • COH 100 – Concepts of Wellness 3 hrs.
  • ECO 101 – Basic Economics 3 hrs.
  • GHY 101 – World Geography: Dynamics of a Changing Earth 3 hrs.
  • PS 101 – American Government 3 hrs.
  • PSY 110 – General Psychology 3 hrs.
  • SOC 101 – Understanding Society: Principles of Sociology 3 hrs.


Select 1 course:

  • CSC 100 – Introduction to Computing 3 hrs.
  • LIS 201 – Introduction to Information Literacy 3 hrs.
  • PSY 360 – Introduction to Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences 3 hrs.


  • IDS 301 – Foundations of Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3 hrs. (WI)
  • ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites


Select 1 course:

  • CMS 111 – Oral Communication 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 305 – Interpersonal Communication 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 320 – Business and Professional Speaking 3 hrs. (SI)
  • CMS 330 – Small-Group Communication 3 hrs. (SI)


  • IDS 402 – Integrative Capstone Experience 3 hrs.Must be taken Senior Year; ENG 101 & ENG 102 prerequisites

Note:


*This course satisfies both the GEC requirement and a program requirement for this major.

**This particular GEC course is recommended by this major.

***This course does not satisfy prerequisites for any other math course.

◊ GEC restrictions apply; see here.

GEC 06 – GEC 09 courses are specific to this major.

For full description of the GEC, see here.



  • IDS 201 – Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar 1 hr.
  • IDS 301 – Foundations of Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3 hrs. (WI)
  • IDS 350 – Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies 3 hrs.
  • IDS 401 – Integrative Research Methods and Design 3 hrs.
  • IDS 402 – Integrative Capstone Experience 3 hrs.


 Select 1 option:

a. Two concentrations of 18 hours minimum each established in IDS 201 and approved by IDS director

b. 36 hours in a multi-disciplinary degree plan established in IDS 201 and approved by IDS director.

Select 1 course:

  • ENG 332 – Advanced Composition 3 hrs. (WI) or
  • ENG 333 – Technical Writing 3 hrs. (WI)


Choose electives as needed. (See Hours to Degree below.)

Note:


IDS 181 may be repeated once for a total of 6 hours.

Hours to Degree


120 hours are needed to graduate with a BIS in Interdisciplinary Studies. At least 50 percent of the hours applied to a degree at The University of Southern Mississippi must be earned from a senior college, and 45 of these hours must be in courses numbered 300 or above. The student must earn at least 21 of the last 30 hours of course work and at least 12 hours in the major area of study from Southern Miss. See Residence Hour Requirements for more information.


Frequently Asked Questions


Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted. 



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