Overview

New opportunities are opening for adults who have a college education, an unfinished university degree, and even unfulfilled dreams of someday beginning and attaining a degree. The Bachelor of Integrated Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island places the unique needs of adult learners in focus, with a distinct entry point, ongoing learner supports, a broad choice of courses to meet employment requirements and personal interests, and a faculty noted for its strength in teaching.

The structure is flexible while ensuring that students receive both depth and breadth of knowledge within their studies. The student achieves depth through choosing a concentration of at least eight (8) courses in an area of interest. The student achieves breadth through the completion of a required core of basic courses, and by pursuing a diversity of offerings to satisfy personal intellectual curiosity and career interests. 

Bachelor of Integrated Studies concentrations

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Diversity and Social Justice
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • Foods and Nutrition
  • French
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology
Course Structure
Degree Requirements

The program requires completion of 90 semester-hours of course work.

Area of Concentration (24 semester-hours)

Students must complete an area of concentration totalling 8 courses (24 semester hours). One course in the concentration must be at the 3000 level, and one must be at the 4000 level. A further 9 courses overall at the senior (3000 and 4000) level are required for graduation. Not more than 12 courses or 36 semester-hours can be at the Introductory (1000) level. The advisor may recommend certain courses according to individual learning plans. Students must achieve a grade of 65% in at least 7 of the 11 courses completed at the 3000-4000 levels.

Required Courses (9 semester-hours)

One of UPEI 1010, 1020, or 1030 plus a writing intensive course
Integrated Studies 1930: Creating a Career and Learning Portfolio

Electives

Students are required to explain and reflect on their course choices when they establish their learning plan. However, the need to ensure coherence in study should not restrict students from intellectual exploration, or from addressing conspicuous gaps in knowledge unrelated to their primary learning objectives. One of the primary roles of the BIS Coordinator is to help ensure that the course choices are balanced, and the over-all outcomes of a well-rounded degree program are achieved.

Summary

The Bachelor of Integrated Studies requirements include:

  • 33 semester-hours (11 courses) at the senior level: nine 3000-4000 level courses in any subject, one 300 level course in the concentration, and one 4000 level course in the concentration.
  • A grade of 65% in at least 7 of the 11 courses completed at this senior level
  • Not more than 36 semester-hours (12 courses) at the preparatory (1000) level
  • 6 semester-hours in one of UPEI 1010, UPEI 1020, or UPEI 1030 plus one writing intensive course
  • Integrated Studies 1930: Creating a Career and Learning Portfolio

PLAR Process in the BIS

Program PLAR at the University of Prince Edward Island provides for assessment and recognition of prior learning (PLAR) through portfolio assessment. Learners must demonstrate how their learning from sources other than formal study equates to what is expected of a student who is completing the degree through course work. For more information on the role of PLAR, contact the BIS Coordinator.

Admissions Criteria
Who can apply to the Bachelor of Integrated Studies program?

UPEI has opportunities for adults who have an unfinished degree or unfulfilled dreams of someday beginning and attaining a degree. The Bachelor of Integrated Studies at the University of Prince Edward Island places the unique needs of adult learners in focus, and offers ongoing learner supports, broad choice of courses to meet employment requirements and personal interests, and a faculty noted for its strength in teaching.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must be out of high school for seven years, and may be considered under the University’s mature student admission regulations. Please note that high school graduation is not absolutely required under the mature student policy. Admission in this program is available only to Canadian students.

Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions information.

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