Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS)

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS)

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is a university-wide degree coordinated through the College of Arts & Sciences by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. This multidiscipline academic program is appropriate for students motivated by specific interests not recognized in traditional majors and is not intended to compete with existing programs. All University requirements, Including 31 hours of upper division coursework and a year's residence, must be met for graduation.

Requirements & Program of Study

Program of Study

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is intended to allow students maximum flexibility to custom-design a curriculum to their personal and career goals. Such a program of study must assure depth of study as well as breadth.

Therefore, it must insure that students take at least 36 upper-division hours in the areas they have chosen for emphasis and that they select a minimum of 12 hours in each of three areas or 18 hours in two. Emphasis areas must be selected from at least two colleges. University core curriculum requirement (45 hours) must be met in addition to a general studies core of 12 hours.


To insure coherence in the program, the student must construct and explain in writing the rationale for the interdisciplinary studies program's direct relationship to the student's personal and career goals. Each student will be required to meet with in the academic disciplines who will agree to sponsor the student in drawing up the proposed curriculum, formulating the rationale, and presenting the case in writing to the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee. This should be done prior to the senior year.

Committee Review

The Interdisciplinary Studies Committee will review applications and, if approved, the student may proceed with the curriculum. The committee will meet during the fall, spring and summer semesters, and students must make written application by September 1, February 1 or May 1. Application for a degree must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

BSIS through Distance Education

Have you ever wanted to finish your undergraduate degree but never had the opportunity?

Some students have jobs, families, or other reasons that prevent them from completing a four-year degree on a university campus. With the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS) degree program, you can earn the final years of your degree at Mississippi State University completely online.

Learn more about BSIS Online