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Bachelor of Individualized Studies (BIS)

Craft an Educational Path as Unique as You Are

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Program Quick Facts

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Tailor your degree to fit your aspirations with an extensively customizable Program of Study.

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Flexible, online classes make it easier to reach your goals while balancing work and family life.

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Get up to 100% of tuition covered with the New Mexico Opportunity Scholarship.*

Forge Your Own Academic Journey

This program is designed for individuals like you, with extensive, comprehensive, or eclectic academic and career interests. As a BIS student, you’ll collaborate with an academic advisor to construct a unique Program of Study plan that aligns with your goals.

Your individualized plan is organized to meet your unique needs, whether that’s leveraging prior university credits, advancing in your current job, preparing for further education, or navigating a career change. This program can also be designed to help you obtain a degree when an initial major does not fit as well as planned, or when a degree is not offered at NMSU.

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Career Pathways

With the Bachelor of Individualized Studies, you will find success in roles that require adaptability, critical thinking, and the ability to connect ideas from various fields. Specific career opportunities will depend on the unique combination of skills and interests you develop in your Program of Study. Here are examples of the broad selection of career opportunities you can access through interdisciplinary studies:

  • Research Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • International Relations Specialist
  • Content Strategist
  • Renewable Energy Consultant
  • Training Coordinator
  • Technology Consultant
  • Business Development Analyst
  • Museum Curator
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“As an 18 year old, I found NMSU to be one of the most inviting campuses — rich in student life yet equally involved in academics. As a 36 year old, I am looking forward to coming full circle with NMSU and graduating as an Aggie forever.”

Stephanie M., Class of 2024

BIS students coordinate with their advisor to construct a well-designed interdisciplinary Program of Study in their field of interest. Each student is responsible for clearly expressing their ideas in writing, conducting systematic inquiry, handling ambiguity in the design and implementation of their studies, proactively communicating with advisors, and following through on tasks related to their Program of Study.

Program Credits: 120 credits credits
Cost Per Credit Hour: $395.40**
Active Military Cost Per Credit Hour: $250
College: Arts and Sciences

The Bachelor of Individualized Studies program must meet the minimum of 120 credits, with the total number determined by your academic advisor. To earn this degree, you must fulfill the NMSU General Education Core Requirements with a minimum of 35 credits, as well as a minimum of 48 upper-division credits with a grade of C- or better, including six from the Viewing a Wider World curriculum. It is also recommended you complete one or more approved minors, each requiring a minimum of 18 credits, including at least 9 upper-division credits.

Sample Courses Credits
PSYC 1110G: Introduction to Psychology 3
COMM 1115G: Introduction to Communication 3
PHYS 1125G: Physics of Music 4
BUSA 2230G: Human Relations in Business 3
INTR 300: Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies 3
INTR 301: Interdisciplinary Research: Theory & Practice 3
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Developmental coursework will not count toward the degree requirements and/or elective credits but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

At NMSU Global Campus, we strive to offer competitively priced tuition to keep your tuition costs affordable. If you need financial aid, we’re ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education.

Financial assistance includes loans, grants, and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system.

NMSU and NMSU Global Campus students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

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Phone: 1-888-729-6678


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*For NMSU Global Campus programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Global Campus programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.