Integrated Studies combines career skills with general education classes to enable students to more easily transfer credit to a four-year institution. Students may add a general education component to any two-year or select certificate programs offered at the College. Students must complete at least one semester in an approved skill area (degree or certificate) before beginning the general studies component.
For example, a student who wants to eventually earn a bachelor’s degree could complete one semester in any associate of applied science degree, or in any approved certificate program, and then begin the general studies coursework while completing the remaining program requirements. The student would then graduate from LDS Business College with an AAS or Certificate and an AS in Integrated Studies. The AS in Integrated Studies would meet general education transfer requirements at most institutions. Students planning to transfer to BYU should check their admissions policies regarding the maximum number of credit hours they will allow.
The Integrated Studies degree can be completed in one to two semesters beyond the time required to earn an applied skills degree. Some students will be able to complete both a two-year applied degree and an Integrated Studies degree in only five semesters. There are two options for the general education component of the Integrated Studies degree. Students may use any combination.
- Some general education courses will continue to be offered by the College. These are listed in the College’s course catalog.
- Selected general education classes are available through the BYU-Idaho online program.
It is the responsibility of each student to meet with a representative from the transfer institution they want to attend to discuss the specifics of how the degree meets that institution’s transfer and graduation requirements.
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