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The Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) replaces 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:
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.
As a Bachelor of Integrated Studies student, you may choose to complete additional credentials to suit your own interests and goals.
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.
Build one or more minors into your program from a diversity of fields in the arts, sciences, professional studies, and health.
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.
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.
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.
Contact UFV's Upgrading and University Preparation department to learn more about upgrading options.
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