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Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies

Total Credit Hours
120

Cost Per Credit Hour
$379

Create a Degree that You Desire.

The Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) at LSU Online is a customized degree intended for students who are looking to combine social sciences with interests in business and humanities. This unique program provides individuals the opportunity to take courses from multiple disciplines, forming a personalized degree and rewarding experience that is completely online. 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.

Total Credit Hours
120

Cost Per Credit Hour
$379

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Cost

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

Course Listings
  • ENGL 1001 English Composition | Credit Hours: 3
  • ENGL 2000 English Composition | Credit Hours: 3
  • UNST 3900 Interdisciplinarity | Credit Hours: 3
  • General Education course - Analytical Reasoning (from mathematics) | Credit Hours: 3
  • General Education course - Analytical Reasoning | Credit Hours: 3
  • General Education course - Arts | Credit Hours: 3
  • General Education course - Humanities | Credit Hours: 9
  • General Education course - Natural Sciences | Credit Hours: 3
  • General Education course - Natural Sciences | Credit Hours: 3
  • General Education course - Natural Sciences | Credit Hours: 3
  • General Education course - Natural Sciences | Credit Hours: 3
  • General Education course - Social Sciences | Credit Hours: 3
  • General Education course - Social Sciences (2000-level) | Credit Hours: 3
  • Approved Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Approved Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Approved Electives | Credit Hours: 9
  • Approved Social Sciences Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Approved Social Sciences Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Approved Social Sciences Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Approved Social Sciences Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Minor #1 Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Minor #1 Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Minor #1 Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Minor #2 Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Minor #2 Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Minor #2 Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Minor #3 Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Minor #3 Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Minor #3 Elective | Credit Hours: 3
  • Minor #1 Elective (3000-level or above) | Credit Hours: 3
  • Minor #1 Elective (3000-level or above) | Credit Hours: 3
  • Minor #2 Elective (3000-level or above) | Credit Hours: 3
  • Minor #2 Elective (3000-level or above) | Credit Hours: 3
  • Minor #3 Elective (3000-level or above) | Credit Hours: 3
  • Minor #3 Elective (3000-level or above) | Credit Hours: 3

Choose one of the following:

  • EXST 2000 Introduction to Microcomputers | Credit Hours: 3
  • ISDS 1100 Introduction to Management Information Systems | Credit Hours: 3
  • LIS 2001 Introduction to Information Technologies | Credit Hours: 3
  • Computer Science Course | Credit Hours: 3
  • Foreign Language course | Credit Hours: 3

*This recommended path template is a general course path for the Bachelor’s 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. 

1 - If two course sequence is taken in the physical sciences, the additional three hour course must be taken from the life sciences, and vice versa.
2 - At least 45 hours of credit at or above the 3000-level must be completed; of the 45 hours, at least 15 must be at the 4000-level.
3 - General Education/Approved Social Sciences must cover at least three different departments from list.
4 - General Education Humanities must cover at least one non-ENGL, non-General Education Arts department from list.

Admission Requirements
  • 3.0 Core GPA on the 19 units of college-preparatory high school courses as outlined in the LSU Core
  • 1030 Old SAT (Critical Reading and Math)/1100 New SAT (Evidence Based Reading/Writing and Math)/22 Composite ACT
  • Must be eligible to enroll in university-level English and mathematics courses, as evidenced by a minimum ACT English subscore of 18 (a New SAT Writing and Language score of 25 or Old SAT Critical Reading score of 450) and a minimum ACT Math subscore of 19 (a New SAT score of 500 or Old SAT Critical Reading score of 460)
  • A letter of recommendation from an academic source (such as a counselor or teacher) for new incoming freshman. This is not required for transfer or re-entry students. 
Degree Requirements

General Requirements

  • No more than 24 hours in any one subject may be used toward this degree, unless minor area requirements dictate otherwise.
  • No more than 30 hours of Independent and Distance Learning credit may be used toward this degree.
  • No more than eight hours of kinesiology activity courses may be used toward this degree.
  • No more than 12 hours of ROTC credit may be used toward this degree.
  • At least 45 hours of credit at or above the 3000 level must be completed; of the 45 hours, at least 15 must be at the 4000 level.
  • At least a 2.00 GPA on all work taken in the LSU System. At least a 2.00 GPA on all work taken.
  • At least a 2.00 GPA in all minors.
  • Enrollment in internships, independent study, and research courses must have prior dean’s approval.
  • Students are required to complete coursework from at least three different departments in both the humanities and social sciences areas.

Specific Requirements

  • Complete all requirements for the area of concentration.
  • Complete all general education requirements.
  • Complete elective courses to reach 120 hours.
  • A student must earn three hours in one of the following: computer science, EXST 2000, ISDS 1100, LIS 2001, or a foreign language.
  • Complete UNST 3900, a capstone course for seniors majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies currently enrolled in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences.
Why choose LSU?

The passion and excellence that LSU stands for have earned the school a coveted "Tier One" spot in U.S. News & World Report's “Best Colleges.” As the state’s flagship university, LSU has been preparing students for rewarding careers for nearly 150 years. Today, LSU is equally proud of its strides to make education more accessible through innovative online degree programs that are every bit as rigorous as its on-campus programs

Through the dedication of an exceptional faculty and staff, LSU is one of only 30 universities in the United States designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution. In addition, LSU is the only public top-tier university—and the only university in Louisiana—to receive the honor of being placed in the "very high research activity" category by the Carnegie Foundation.

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