To earn a Bachelor of Integrated Studies, you will build on the credit hours you transfer into the program (minimum of 30 credit hours) to complete a minimum 120 credit hours that include the following requirements:
1. University Minor
Choose from the many Minors offered at UNB (Fredericton or Saint John Campuses). A Minor generally consists of 24 credit hours in one particular subject area. Minor requirements will vary depending on the Minor chosen and are as outlined in the University calendar for each Minor Program. Advising and responsibility for approval of the Minor lies with the appropriate Faculty. Some Faculties will approve the "equivalent" of a Minor in subject areas that currently do not have an approved Minor, particularly when BIS applicants have previous UNB study in that subject area i.e. Adult Education, or Technology Management and Entrepreneurship, Family Violence Issues, Forestry, and Geodesy and Geomatics (completion of the UNB Diploma in Geodesy and Geomatics). Students may also wish to continue their leadership studies through Renaissance College and complete a second Minor in their program.
Minors that can be completed by a combination of UNB online courses and pre approved study from another Canadian accredited public university:
Note that half of the Minor must be UNB coursework; in some cases the upper level coursework must be from UNB (i.e. Economics). Some courses have pre requisites which must be satisfied as part of your overall program.
For more information on Minors that can be completed via distance, please click here.
2. Interdisciplinary Integrative Component
To build program coherence and to explore interdisciplinary and integrated learning approaches to issues, you will complete at least 15 credit hours of interdisciplinary leadership courses through Renaissance College within the first two years of your studies. RCLP 3030, the Integrated Learning Portfolio course is taken in the first year of study - an additional 12ch is taken during year one and two. Upon completion of the required 15 credit hours, students will receive a Certificate in Leadership from Renaissance College.
3. Individualized Plan of Study
Once admitted to the BIS, you will meet with the BIS Coordinator to design a plan of study that builds upon your interests and previous academic study, and meets the program requirements.
Each individual plan of study includes a statement of objectives written by the learner, a list of courses previously taken and to be taken during the upcoming academic year, a summary of BIS program requirements, and a description of how each component will contribute to achieving your learning objectives.
4. Personal Learning Portfolio
Two distinct elements of the BIS portfolio are needed for graduation. The first is successful completion of RCLP 3030, the BIS learning portfolio course. This 3ch course introduces you to the BIS learning outcomes, reflective writing, and experiential learning as a foundation for developing your learning portfolios.
This course is taken within the first year of your program. The second element is a personal learning portfolio that you will continue to develop throughout your studies.
The development of the learning portfolio begins with the Admission application process, and if applicable your prior learning assessment. A portfolio review takes place annually to allow learners to recognize and reflect on progress toward their objectives and the BIS learning outcomes.
Finally, you will submit your completed portfolio to the Faculty for evaluation in the semester prior to your expected graduation.
5. Elective credits
The balance of the BIS program is comprised of elective courses that you select based on individual goals and interests identified in your study plans.
Within your program, you will complete a minimum of 39 credit hours (one-third of the program) at the 3000 and/or 4000 level.
Normally you will complete a minimum of 45 credit hours of the program at UNB. The Registrar in consultation with Renaissance College and the College of Extended Learning may waive this provision.
Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0