BIS Integrative Studies

124 Credit Hours Beginning Fall 2020, Catalog Year 2021

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First Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
ENG 111 English Composition 3
MPF IIB Humanities 3
MPF IIC Social Science 3
MAJOR 21st Century Literacies 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

MPF IIB Humanities

Recommended course options

  • ART 187 Or ART 188 History of Western Art
    Historical survey of Western art, including development of concepts necessary for analysis and appreciation of great works of art.
  • ART/AMS 183 Images of America
    Investigating the power and influence of visual art imagery, either about, targeted to, or made by diverse segments of historic and contemporary American society and how this imagery has helped or hindered our coming together as a diverse nation. Explores the use of art stereotypes as a basis for evaluation, how visual components help define culture, the decoding of cultural codes and how the idea of taste and aesthetics influences the way we see ourselves and others.

MPF IIC Social Science

Recommended course options

  • CMR 106 Introduction to Business and the Economy
    Introduction to various functional areas of business and everyday business and economic principles and problems including consumer choice, supply and demand, money, banking system, investment, growth, inflation, government policy, taxes, and employment.
  • ASO 201 Intro to Social Research
    Social scientists (anthropologists, geographers, psychologists, sociologists, etc.) conduct empirical research in order to explain our social world. In ASO 201, students gain an overview of the multiple theoretical approaches guiding social research. Students will examine approaches from multiple disciplines within the social sciences to determine how research is conducted within these fields to explore, understand, and implement practical solutions to important social issues.
First Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
MPF IV Natural Science 3-4
MPF IIA Creative Arts 3
MPF III Global Perspectives 3
MP-AW Advanced Writing 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 16-17

MPF IV Natural Science

Recommended course options


  • MBI 131 Community Health Perspectives
    Discussion of community health primarily from the perspective of leading causes of disease and death in the U.S. Exploration of the impact of environment, behavior, and disease, including prevention and treatment strategies, on human health, public resources, and quality of life for society.
  • BIO 121 Environmental Biology
    Local, regional, and global environmental issues examined in the context of current ecological theory and principles of resource use and management.


  • PHY 101/111/121/141 + PHY 103L
    • PHY 101 Physics and Society
      Introduction of fundamental principles of physics and discussion of the interaction of science and society, both today and in the past. Provides skills in thinking critically about societal problems which have a scientific or technological component.
    • PHY 111 Astronomy and Space Physics
      Study of space exploration, astrophysics, astronomy, and cosmology.
    • PHY 121 Energy and Environment
      Application of physics principles and models to societal uses of energy. Includes mechanics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, and atomic and nuclear physics. Energy topics include resources, environmental problems, global atmospheric challenges, nuclear power, solar energy, alternative energy systems, and energy conservation. Algebraic skills are required but no previous course in physics is needed.
    • PHY 141 Physics in Sports
      Various aspects of a dozen or more sports are treated using the laws of physics. Provides the non-science student with insight into principles governing motion, dynamics, and other elements of physics in sports.
    • PHY 103L Concepts in Physics Laboratory
      Laboratory course illustrating the basic concepts of physics. For the general student; complements physics lecture offerings at the nonspecialist level.
  • GLG 111/121/141 +GLG 115L
    • GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth
      Earth as a geophysical-geochemical unit and its internal and external processes. Formation of minerals and their relationships in rocks. Earth stresses and rock deformation, mountain building, and earthquakes. Geomorphic (landscape) evolution by mass wasting and wave, stream, wind, ground water, glacial, and volcanic activity.
    • GLG 121 Environmental Geology
      A survey of introductory geology with a sub theme of human interaction with the geologic environment. Topics include flooding, earthquakes, volcanoes, water quality and availability, energy, use and abuse of natural resources and land-use planning.
    • GLG 115L Understanding the Earth
      Laboratory course exploring Earth from multiple perspectives. Earth in the solar system; Earth in time; the solid Earth; Earth's surface in flux; Earth's atmosphere and hydrosphere. 
      Prerequisite or Co-requisite: any 100-level, 3 credit hour GLG course (students enrolled in these courses are not required to take the lab).

MPF IIA Creative Arts

Recommended course options

  • ART 181 Concepts in Art
    Introduction to visual and thematic concepts as applied to art in various cultures and historical periods.
  • ART 187 Or ART 188 History of Western Art
    Historical survey of Western art, including development of concepts necessary for analysis and appreciation of great works of art.

MPF III Global Perspectives

Recommended course options

  • HST 197/198 World History
    Introduction to the origins and early development of individual civilizations prior to the period of Western European hegemony. Stresses interdependency and interrelations among cultures, and compares social, political, and religious experiences of peoples with one another.
  • IDS 159 Strength Through Cultural Diversity
    A primary goal of this course is to facilitate students' abilities to build their cultural competencies and their abilities to work toward a socially just and inclusive world by providing the conceptual tools and vocabulary to think about, discuss and experience diversity. Topics covered include multiculturalism, ethnocentrism, prejudice, discrimination, privilege, the impacts of social and cultural change, and the engagement of students in the global community.
  • ATH 175 Peoples of the World
    Provides an appreciation of human cultural, social, and linguistic variation around the world and through time. Develops anthropological and ethnographic approaches to understanding cultural differences and similarities in political, social and economic organization; marriage and family patterns; environment and beliefs systems; and other aspects of globalized human cultural life.
  • GEO 101 Global Forces, Local Diversity
    Application of human geography concepts to patterns and processes of economic, political, and cultural changes at global, regional and local scales.

MP AW Advanced Writing

Recommended course options

  • ENG 226 Creative Writing
    Techniques and principles of creative writing with application to fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and hybrid forms.
  • ENG 313 Technical Writing
    Introduction to the principles of technical writing. Attention to defining purpose, analyzing audience, developing document structure, creating visual design, drafting and revising communications. Practice in varieties of technical communication.
Freshman are strongly encouraged to take UNV 101 their first semester.
Second Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
MPF III Global Perspectives 3
MPF IV Natural Science 3-4
MPF V Math, Formal Reasoning & Tech 3-5
MP-IP Intercultural Perspectives 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15-18

MPF V Math, Formal Reasoning & Tech

Recommended course options

  • ENG/ATH/GER 219 Introduction to Linguistics
    Scope of linguistics: fundamental concepts and methods of linguistic science (phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics) in its descriptive and historical aspects.
  • STA 261 Statistics 
    Descriptive statistics, basic probability, random variables, binomial and normal probability distributions, tests of hypotheses, regression and correlation, analysis of variance. Emphasis on applications.

MP IP Intercultural Perspectives

Recommended course options

  • FSW 206 Social Welfare: Impact on Diverse Groups
    Critical analysis of historical and current interactions of social welfare policies, programs, and services with diverse recipient populations. Attention given to contexts in which social welfare has been developed and provided.
  • WSG 201 Introduction to Women's Studies
    Interdisciplinary introduction to the study of women which focuses on determinants and expressions of women's roles.
Second Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
BIS 201 Introduction to Integrative Studies 3
MAJOR Concentration I 3
MPT Thematic Sequence 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

Third Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
BIS 301 Integrative Studies Seminar II 3
MAJOR Concentration 1 3
MAJOR Concentration 2 3
MAJOR Concentration 2 3
MPT Thematic Sequence 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

Third Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
MAJOR 21st Century Literacies 3
MAJOR Concentration 1 3
MAJOR Concentration 1 3
MAJOR Concentration 2 3
ELECTIVE Elective 3

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

Fourth Year, Semester 1
Course Name Hours
MAJOR Concentration 1 3
MAJOR Concentration 2 3
MAJOR Concentration 2 3
ELECTIVE Electives 7

Total Semester Credit Hours: 16

Fourth Year, Semester 2
Course Name Hours
BIS 401 Senior Integrative Studies Seminar 3
MPT Thematic Sequence 3
ELECTIVE Electives 9

Total Semester Credit Hours: 15

Abbreviation Key

MP-EL = Experiential Learning

MPF I = English Composition

MPF IIC = Social Science

MPF V = Mathematics, Formal Reasoning, Technology

MPT = Thematic Sequence

MP-AW = Advanced Writing

MPF = Global Miami Plan Foundation

MPF IIB = Humanities

MPF IV = Natural Science

MP-IP = Intercultural Perspectives

MPF IIA = Creative Arts

MPF III = Global Perspectives