Integrated Studies

Integrated Studies

QUICK FACTS

Credential:
Bachelor's degree

Duration:
4 years

Options:
General option, thematic option, minor, aviation, coop

How to apply

Start date:
January, May, September 

Location:
May vary depending on course selection

Cost:
(Details)

FEATURES:

  • Customize your own educational experience to fit your educational and professional goals.
  • You may be able to count vocational credits, transfer credits, or professional training towards your degree.
  • Program eligible for financial aid

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

In Fall 2019, the Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) replaced the Bachelor of General Studies degree. If you are currently working on your Bachelor of General Studies degree, we encourage you to review the FAQ to learn how this change can benefit you, and how you can convert your degree.

What would an ideal degree look like in 2030? What kind of program should you choose in order to be competitive in the workforce?

Today’s students and tomorrow’s leaders require flexible education options that allow for a blend of professional and academic training, interdisciplinary studies, as well as applied and practical experiences.

The Bachelor of Integrated Studies — UFV's most customizable degree program — lets you choose from over 100 courses from various disciplines and programs, so you can earn an undergraduate degree tailored to your personal career and academic needs. As part of the program, you draw on a mixture of in-class and online learning opportunities, field-based courses, and professional learning experiences to achieve competency in six core areas:

  • Effective communications
  • Scientific literacy
  • Digital
  • Use and analysis of numerical information
  • Intercultural engagement
  • Professional and applied skills

The Bachelor of Integrated Studies is an excellent option if you want to pursue interdisciplinary studies, combine minors, or change your educational focus partway through your degree. You can also include credits earned while completing a certificate or diploma at UFV or other accredited community colleges or universities.

If you are returning to university after some time in the workforce, speak to an academic advisor about whether you can use this experience toward your degree.

Specialization

As a Bachelor of Integrated Studies student, you may choose to complete additional credentials to suit your own interests and goals.

Thematic options

Create a unique specialization around a specific theme or concept, using upper-level credits from two or more disciplines. If applicable, you complete the bulk of your thematic option courses in your last two years. If you are considering a thematic option, meet with an academic advisor as early in your program as possible, to ensure that you can complete the program in good time. Learn more about thematic options.

Minors and extended minors

Build one or more minors into your program from a diversity of fields in the arts, sciences, professional studies, and health.

Aviation

If you are completing an aviation program with your Bachelor of Integrated Studies, you will also complete most requirements for the Aviation diploma within these first two years.

CAREER EXPECTATIONS

The UFV Bachelor of Integrated Studies program is a stepping stone into many different careers, depending on how you customize your program of study.

Common fields that many Integrated Studies graduates pursue include education, government and administrative support, community programming and outreach, aviation (for students with a thematic option in aviation), and business.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Enter the Bachelor of Integrated Studies program directly, or through transfer. For more information, view the UFV calendar to see the Bachelor of Integrated Studies requirements.

OTHER ADMISSION CATEGORIES

This program is open for international students

UPGRADING OPTIONS

Contact UFV's Upgrading and University Preparation department to learn more about upgrading options.

QUESTIONS?

Phone: 1-604-851-6333
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441, ext. 6333
Ask a question

Are you currently employed with McDonald’s?

Receive credits toward one of four credentials, including the General Studies diploma & the Bachelor of Integrated Studies through a new UVF-McDonald's partnership.

Learn more

Contact Us