Academic Catalog

2023-2024 Edition

Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) program is a flexible, interdisciplinary program designed for students who want a degree tailored to their own career goals. This program allows students, in consultation with an academic advisor, to select two concentrations and general electives that help students develop knowledge, skills, and attitudes to prepare them for their career. A final capstone project requires the integration of the various courses around a common theme. The two concentrations and two capstone courses comprise the 36-credit major.

The BIS program also provides a foundation for those who desire to pursue graduate studies in a program that does not require a discipline-specific undergraduate degree.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) for the Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

Graduates of the Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies program will be able to:

  • PLO 1: Demonstrate the ability to integrate biblical concepts and principles with inter-concentration specific topics and domains.
  • PLO 2: Develop professional competencies in two concentrations and in the integration of those concentrations.
  • PLO 3: Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills.
  • PLO 4: Analyze inter-concentration specific issues, practices, and trends using appropriate research concepts and processes.
  • PLO 5: Demonstrate critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
  • PLO 6: Apply principles of Christian ethics in response to ethical dilemmas and issues within inter-concentration contexts.

The Los Angeles Pacific University Core comprises the General Education requirements and the LAPU Distinctives. Students are encouraged to complete the Core before beginning their major requirements. General Education requirements may be met by transfer work. The LAPU Distinctives are required for all undergraduate degrees at LAPU.

Requirement Title Credits
General Education Requirements25
LAPU Distinctives9
Total Credits34

General Education

Requirement Title Credits
English Communication
COMM 105Public Communication3
ENGL 105Introduction to Academic Research and Writing3
ARTS 110Introduction to Art3
ENGL 115Introduction to Literature3
or PHIL 205 Introduction to Philosophy
or PHIL 210 Introduction to Ethics
Quantitative Reasoning
MATH 105Survey of College Mathematics3
or MATH 125 College Algebra
or STAT 280 Applied Statistics
Behavioral Sciences
ECON 203Principles of Microeconomics3
or PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology
Social Sciences
HIST 202World Civilizations3
or HIST 204 U.S. History from 1865
or HIST 420 United States History and the Constitution
Physical and Biological Sciences
BIOL 230Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab4
or BIOL 240 Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab
or CHEM 115 Chemistry for Health Sciences/Lab
or NSCI 150 Introduction to Astronomy/Lab
Total Credits25

LAPU Distinctives

Requirement Title Credits
BIBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy3
BIBL 230Introduction to Biblical Literature: Luke/Acts3
ISTU 101Success in the University 13
Total Credits9

Must be taken at LAPU.


To earn the Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, students must complete the degree components listed below:

Requirement Title Credits
Two Concentrations30
Total Credits120

In order to earn the Bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, students create a personalized study focus by completing two compatible concentrations (comprising at least 30 credits) and two capstone courses, while achieving a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the combined concentrations and capstone courses. There may be at most one course that is common to the two concentrations; an approved substitute course will be required to complete the second concentration.

Requirement Title Credits
Core Requirement34
Major Requirements
Concentrations Requirement 130
Capstone Courses
ISTU 490Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone I3
ISTU 495Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone II3
Electives Requirement 250
Total Credits120

Please consult a success coach to determine an appropriate pairing of concentrations.


Students may choose from any course in the catalog.