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The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) is a customized degree intended for students who are looking to combine social sciences with interests in business, leadership, information technology, digital marketing, and humanities. This unique program provides individuals the opportunity to take courses from multiple disciplines, forming a rewarding experience that is completely online. Students can transfer in prior-earned credits or start their degree from scratch. Graduates of LSU’s BIS program can finish in as little as four years, and become equipped to succeed in various career roles such as a legislative assistant, college recruiter, business manager, human resources specialist, and more.
The online BIS is an undergraduate degree that includes three minors. A student must select three minors from the following choices listed below:
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You may be able to find savings and earn credit from previous work or training, or as demonstrated by your industry certifications, through Prior Learning Assessment. Learn more.
The final cost of this program will be determined once all transfer credits are evaluated. For the BIS program, you are able to transfer up to 75% of previous credits. LSU Online also offers financial aid to qualified applicants. Click here to learn more.
Total credit hours per program: 120 credit hours
Cost per credit hour: $379
Total cost with fees and maximum amount of credits allowed to transfer into the program: $11,370
Total cost with fees, no transfer credits and no financial aid: $45,480
Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Please consult an Enrollment Concierge for final program cost.
*This recommended path template is a general course path for the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies, but does not encompass every minor or course option available. Please consult with your academic counselor in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences for an individualized course path that will incorporate your specific minors and previous course credits earned. For more details on this pathway, please visit the LSU General Catalog.
*Students who will not have 30 transferable credit hours by the time they plan to enroll at LSU can still be considered for admission if they meet all remaining transfer requirements.
To see about transfer credits please check out the TIGER TRANSFER TABLES
Students interested in applying for re-entry to LSU must have a 2.0 GPA on all LSU coursework and must meet the requirements for their prospective senior college. Students who have attempted 30 or more hours at another institution must also have a 2.5 cumulative GPA on all college work attempted. For your senior college specific requirements please check out the Re-Entry Student Requirements per College.
If you feel like you do not meet any of the above qualifications please reach out to your Enrollment Concierge team member as there are different evaluation pathways for non-traditional students to take.
Undergraduate students who are reviewed and admitted by meeting LSU A&M general admissions requirements but do not meet the admittance requirements to a senior college have two admissions options:
Students can start with The University College Center for Freshman Year (UCFY). This academic unit is designed for new freshmen and some transfer and re-entry students. Their mission is to prepare incoming students for success at LSU and to help define their academic and career goals. Students typically exit the UCFY at the conclusion of the freshman year and enter one of the degree-granting senior colleges at LSU.
Students can start with The Center for Advising and Counseling (UCAC). This administrative unit serves as the academic home for students who have attempted 30-plus hours of college credit and who do not yet meet the admission requirements for one of the University’s degree-granting senior colleges.
For a list of specific senior college requirements please visit the LSU A&M Undergraduate Admission page.
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