The initial draft of a BIS concentration is assembled by the student as part of a BIS course, with feedback and support of BIS staff. Upon approval of the proposed concentration by the advising staff and signed by the program director. The student creates an initial list of courses for the concentration in BIS 300 and then meets regularly with the BIS advising staff to pursue their curricular goals.
The following guidelines should be referenced and adhered to when developing the proposed concentration and educational contract:
The BIS concentration must contain 34 to 46 credit hours (to include BIS 300, 390, 490, 491 and optionally BIS 301).
** Note: Students following a catalogue prior to Fall 2000 are required to have a concentration of 33 to 45 semester credit hours, including BIS 490.
Students enrolled under the GMU catalogue for Fall 2000 or later must include the following courses in their concentration:
Once the BIS advising staff and student have agreed to the educational contract, the student is responsible for submitting the contract to the BIS office for review.
Each BIS student is encouraged to submit an educational contract as early as possible in their studies at GMU. However, all students must have an approved BIS Educational Contract prior to enrolling in BIS 490.
A contract amendment is required whenever the student and BIS advising staff agree that a change to an approved educational contract is warranted. Permissible changes include improvements to the student's concentration by the addition of newly offered courses, substitutions for deactivated courses, etc. Contract amendment forms are available on this Web site under Forms/Information.
Once an approved educational contract is on file, contract amendments can be submitted at any time during the student's program of study.