BS in Interdisciplinary Studies

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Not sure which degree option is right for you? Are you interested in courses in more than one major? Then BYU-Idaho's Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) degree may be a good choice. The IDS degree allows students to design their own degree by selecting courses from two or more disciplines (a discipline is a subject such as Business, English, or Communication). This allows students to customize their degree in order to prepare for a particular career goal.

Students pursuing this degree create an educational experience that bridges two or more disciplines by completing the BYU-Idaho Foundations program (40 credits) and then selecting one of the following three options:

  • Two concentrations (a concentration is between 30-36 credit hours - more than a minor, less than a major),
  • A concentration and a minor (a minor is between 20-25 credit hours),
  • A concentration and two clusters or two certificates (clusters and certificates are between 12-15 credit hours).

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Because this degree is customizable, students pursuing an IDS degree are suited for careers in many different areas, depending on their choice of concentrations, minors, and clusters.

CONCENTRATIONS
BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH
HEALTH PROMOTION
HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
MINORS:
BUSINESS
COMMUNICATION
COMPUTER INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
COMPUTER SCIENCE
ENGLISH
FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH
FINANCE
PUBLIC HEALTH
MARRIAGE & FAMILY STUDIES
WEB DESIGN
WEB DEVELOPMENT
CLUSTERS
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
ART - GRAPHIC DESIGN
BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS
CHILD DEVELOPMENT
COMPUTER SCIENCE
ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING
ENGLISH LANGUAGE & USAGE (HUMANITIES MAJORS ONLY)
ENTREPRENEURSHIP
FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH
FAMILY STUDIES
GENERAL BUSINESS
GENERAL BUSINESS FOR ACCOUNTING MAJORS
GENERAL ECONOMICS
HEALTHCARE ADMINISTRATION
HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH STUDIES
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY
LITERARY ANALYSIS - LITERATURE
PRE-LAW
PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS
PROGRAMMING
PROJECT LIFECYCLE
PARENTING EMPHASIS - PSYCHOLOGY
PUBLIC HEALTH
SOCIOLOGY
VISUAL COMMUNICATION
WEB

DEGREE OVERVIEW

The BS in Interdisciplinary Studies degree can be taken entirely online. Students must complete the 40 credits of required Foundations courses, 50 - 60 credits of major courses and additional 20 - 30 elective credits to reach a total of 120 credits (15 of these total credits must be upper division classes from BYU-Idaho - 300 to 400 level classes, online or on-campus.)

Use the list of online courses and check the catalog to find out about course availability and offerings, or contact us today at (208) 496-1800.

The approved concentrations, minors, and clusters that are available online are listed below.

The time it takes to complete a BYU-Idaho online program depends on how many credits (or course hours) a student takes each semester. Most courses are worth two or three credits each. A certificate is comprised of 15-19 credits. An associate degree is comprised of 60 credits. And a bachelor's degree is 120 credits.

BYU-Idaho online courses are designed around the BYU-Idaho Learning Model, with learning activities adapted to the online environment. The class progresses together through the semester and there is frequent interaction between students and with the instructor. Courses taught online and on-campus are based on the same learning objectives.

Students who meet admission requirements can apply to begin the next available semester. Visit our Online Admissions page for information about qualifications, application deadlines, and how to apply.