Courses and Syllabi

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Bachelor of Individualized Study Spring 2021


300-Level Courses in BIS

BIS 300: Understanding Interdisciplinary Studies (3 Credits)

Focuses on literature and issues relevant to interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary studies and the BIS program. Students explore selected topics, develop and gather feedback on individualized concentration proposals, and review BIS program requirements. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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BIS 301: Adult Learner Transition (3 Credits)

A comprehensive, research-based, problem-solving educational experience in which adult students learn the multiple factors that affect adult degree completion, assess their situation regarding these factors, and develop skills and plans to overcome the challenges of completing a bachelor’s degree as an adult. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Seminar
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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BIS 390: The Research Process (3 Credits)

Focuses on skills to develop a research project, find and organize relevant information, examine and critique evidence, establish criteria, and create plan to complete senior project. Notes: Open only to pre-BIS students and BIS majors. Students cannot receive credit for both BIS 390 and 391. Equivalent to BIS 391.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in Major
Recommended Prerequisite: BIS 300 and grade of 2.0 or above in ENGL 302/ENGH 302.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Individualized Study.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in BIS

BIS 490: RS: Senior Project (4 Credits)

Project or thesis on a topic directly relevant to student's concentration, which will be formally presented to an audience of peers and faculty. Guided by student's faculty advisor and 490 instructor. Notes: Open only to BIS majors. Individualized sections for BIS honors. Capstone course in BIS core concentration. Research proposals must be approved by faculty mentor, executive committee, and BIS director prior to enrollment. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive
Recommended Prerequisite: BIS 390.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students in the LA-BIS-INDV program.

Schedule Type: Independent Study

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled