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Providence, RI 02903

Phone: 401-277-5000

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree (BIS)

interdisciplinary studies degree - Anne  Anne Hubbard
 Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

 Program Coordinator for the Providence Campus

 ahubbard@uri.edu
 401-277-5305
 For appointments call: 401-277-5163

Welcome to the URI Providence Campus
Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) Program

The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Degree (BIS) exists to serve a growing population of non-traditional adult learners needing a more flexible program to accommodate existing work and family responsibilities. Previously offered as the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS), the program was expanded to provide a greater exposure to more programs and career options, with customizable majors.


The Interdisciplinary Studies degree program is open to adults who are at least 22 years old and:


  • Are working either full or part time, as well as unemployed
  • Have been away from school for a period of time
  • Desire to either begin or complete a bachelor degree
  • May be undecided about a major
  • Wish to find a degree program that meets their goals and accommodates their work and family schedules

The advantages of a Interdisciplinary Studies degree

Students may now choose from two or more areas of study, with the ability to design a program aligning with their own career, academic and professional goals, and which accommodates the needs of family and work.

Courses, seminars and other student services are offered, with programs designed for each student’s unique interests, goals, background and related experience, under an experienced advisor’s guidance.

Up to 88 previous course credits from other schools may be transferable to the total 118 required credits needed to graduate from the Interdisciplinary degree program.


Students may also receive credit for:

  • Military service
  • Employer training programs
  • Credit through examination *
  • Credit for prior learning **

*The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) which measures knowledge, gained through work, independent study or other means


**Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) tests for documented college-level learning acquired outside of a classroom


The Interdisciplinary Studies degree curriculum at a glance

At the URI’s Providence campus, the interdisciplinary program consists of the following requirements:


  • BIS 100 - Pro-Seminar
  • URI 101B - Traditions and Transformations
  • General Education Program
  • BIS Majors
    • Applied Communications
    • Business Institutions
    • Health Services Administration
    • Human Studies
  • Electives
  • Senior Project (BIS 399)

Learn more about the BIS curriculum here


Scholarships and other assistance and services


  • As one of the few Continuing Education colleges offering endowed scholarships, financial assistance covering books and tuition are available for matriculated adult BIS students. To learn more about the scholarships available click here.
  • Free parking with shuttle buses to campus, along with good access to public transportation, makes getting to class easier.
  • All classes are held in one building, and are offered both days and weekends, offering more flexibility for student schedules.
  • Preschool is also available for children of student parents.

Interested students can fill this form or call the campus at 401.277.5160 to discuss available options with a BIS program representative.