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Western Kentucky University
Transfer Office
270-745-5065
transfer@wku.edu
1906 College Heights Blvd #11052 Bowling Green, KY 42101-1052

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INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (AA TO BIS)

Effective Date: 8/1/2016 - 7/31/2018

Completion of the following curriculum will satisfy the requirements for an Associate in Arts degree at KCTCS and related baccalaureate INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES (AA TO BIS) degree at Western Kentucky University. This pathway meets the general education, pre-major, and program requirements.

The suggested courses in this pathway leads to an Associate and Baccalaureate major. The course recommendations for the first two years are required for the Baccalaureate degree, but also apply to the associate degree. The completion of these courses will enable a student to move efficiently into the last two years of the baccalaureate program.

It is important to discuss revisions to the plan, graduation requirements, entrance requirements, and other important program requirements with your advisor. Students who complete the associate degree in this pathway are guaranteed acceptance into the pathway as stated, unless otherwise noted on the pathway.

Sample 1st & 2nd Year Progression


Semester 1Credit Hours
ENG 101 (3) 3
Humanities Course 3
SB Course 3
QR Course 3
DLC Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 2Credit Hours
ENG 102 (3) 3
OC Course 3
Heritage Course 3
SB Course 3
NS Course 3
NS Lab Course 0
Total Credit Hours15

Semester 3Credit Hours
SB Course 3
QR/NS Course 3
AH/SB/FL Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 4Credit Hours
AH/SB/FL Course 3
GE/FL Course 3
GE/FL Course 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15

Pre-Transfer Notes

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree provides an academic alternative to a traditional major program. The integration of studies within an overarching emphasis (complementary courses from different disciplines or academic programs) allows considerable latitude and flexibility to satisfy individual interests and needs. The student must complete an emphasis of at least 36 semester hours of coursework approved by a BIS degree advisor, including a capstone course (student may choose from IDST 495 or IDST 499). Students wishing to earn a minor as a secondary area of study must meet the published requirements for that minor. Courses in the minor may not duplicate those used to satisfy the emphasis in the BIS.


Those with questions about the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program may contact:
School of Professional Studies
University College
Phone: 270-745-8973
Email: idst@wku.edu
Website: http://www.wku.edu/idst/bis/

Additional KCTCS Graduation Requirements


1. Completion of minimum of 60 credit hours,
2. Minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA,
3. Minimum of 15 credit hours earned at the institution awarding the degree,
4. Cultural studies course, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
5. Demonstration of computer/digital literacy, (Refer to the KCTCS catalog.)
6. One science course must include a laboratory experience, and
7. Two disciplines must be represented in Social & Behavioral Science courses and must be different than those in the Heritage and Humanities categories.

Sample 3rd & 4th Year Progression


Semester 5Credit Hours
Area of Emphasis Course 3
Area of Emphasis Course 3
Area of Emphasis Course 3
Area of Emphasis Course 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 6Credit Hours
Area of Emphasis course (Upper level) 3
Area of Emphasis course (Upper level) 3
Area of Emphasis course (Upper level) 3
Area of Emphasis course (Upper level) 3
Elective 3
Total Credit Hours15

Semester 7Credit Hours
Elective (Upper level) 3
Area of Emphasis course (Upper level) 3
Area of Emphasis course (Upper level) 3
Elective (Upper level) 3
Elective (Upper level) 3
Total Credit Hours15
Semester 8Credit Hours
IDST 495 (3) 3
Area of Emphasis course (Upper level) 3
Area of Emphasis course (Upper level) 3
Elective (Upper level) 3
Elective (Upper level) 3
Total Credit Hours15

Program Notes

Those with questions about the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program may contact:
School of Professional Studies
University College
Phone: 270-745-8973
Email: idst@wku.edu
Website: http://www.wku.edu/idst/bis/


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