Integrated Studies

Have you completed two or more years of college credit? Do you dream of finishing your degree but worry about making time in your busy schedule?

Earn your bachelor’s degree from Murray State through our one-of-a-kind integrated studies program.

Flexible and convenient. This degree is perfect for adults, non-traditional students, and those in the military with previous college credit. Those who have significant life and work experience may even be able to earn college credit through a portfolio process. You’ll take classes from the best of the best in the format that works for you through any combination of online courses as well as those on the Murray campus or regional campuses. Plus, we’ve designed our courses to work around schedules like yours to ensure you don’t have to compromise between family, work and school. You can even start courses at six different times throughout the year! 

Tailored field of study. Ultimately, you design your academic journey to meet your unique needs and interests. Some students build a field of study based on more traditional majors.  Another option is an integrated studies pathway which has a more set curriculum but is available via distance learning for the busy adult learner. Others design an interdisciplinary plan that combines two or more areas of interest. The opportunities are endless.

To help you get started, explore our common fields of study and pathways below. If you are ready to see what you will need to finish your bachelor's degree complete a short form to get in touch with an academic advisor. 

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Job opportunities for Integrated Studies graduates

Our graduates come from a diverse background. Every journey to the degree may be different, but each person has benefited from the opportunities available to those who have earned their bachelor's. Here is a small sampling of jobs held by Integrated Studies graduates: 

  • Bank president
  • Child care director
  • College professor (Ph.D.)
  • Executive assistant to president
  • Human resources representative
  • Insurance agent
  • Law enforcement office
  • NBA player development coach
  • Paramedic
  • PC technician
  • Physician's assistant
  • Production manager
  • Sales manager
  • Small business owner

Fields of study and pathways 

Agricultural studies field of study 

  • Agriculture (AGR)
  • Agriculture education

Applied sciences field of study 

  • Civil/construction engineering technology
  • Computer information systems
  • Computer science
  • Electrical and telecommunications technology
  • Electromechanical engineering
  • Engineering
  • Engineering technology
  • Graphic communications management
  • Industrial and engineering technology
  • Industrial technology and design
  • Math
  • Telecommunications systems management

Arts and humanities field of study 

  • Art
  • English
  • Humanities
  • Modern languages
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Religious studies
  • Theatre

Communications field of study 

  • Communication
  • Journalism and mass communication

Commerce and leadership field of study 

  • Accounting
  • Business and public affairs
  • Computer information systems
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Legal studies
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Real estate

Educational studies field of study 

  • Agricultural education
  • Career and technical education
  • Communication disorders
  • Education
  • Elementary education
  • Guidance
  • Middle school education
  • Reading
  • Secondary education
  • Special education

General studies  field of study 

Choose from multiple fields of study. Consult your advisor for additional information.

Health care administration pathway

Field of study required courses 

All required HCA courses are offered in the evening via Interactive Television (ITV) to regional campuses and the Murray Campus.

  • HCA 301, Overview of Health Care Delivery System - 3 hrs. (fall only) 
  • HCA 405, Hospital and Health Services Administration  - 3 hrs. (fall only)
  • HCA 410, Health Care Planning - 3 hrs. (spring only)
  • HCA 415, FInancial Aspects of Health Service Organizations - 3 hrs. (spring only)

Field of study - Choose 6 hrs.

  • HCA 395, Cultural Diversity for Healthcare Organizations - 3 hrs. (online only) 
  • HCA 450, Human Resource Management in Healthcare - 3 hrs. (online only) 
  • MGT 350 - 3 hrs.
  • MGT 550 - 3 hrs.
  • MGT 551 - 3 hrs.
  • MKT 360 - 3 hrs. 

Research methods

  • BIS 301 (Research Methods I) and BIS 302 (Research Methods II) or other approved courses. All BIS courses are only offered online. 

BIS 437 senior project - 6 hrs. 

Students must earn at total of 36 upper-level (300+) hours and 32 MSU residency hours. One hundred twenty overall hours are required. University studies requirements must also be completed. 

Health and exercise studies field of study 

  • Exercise science
  • Physical education
  • Recreation

Human services field of study 

  • Communication disorders
  • Criminal justice
  • Family consumer science
  • Health
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Social work
  • Youth and nonprofit leadership

Manufacturing systems pathway

BIS field of study requirements

  • BIS 399, Seminar in Bachelor of Integrated Studies - 3 hours
  • BIS 301 (Research Methods I) and BIS 302 (Research Methods II) or other approved courses 
  • BIS 437, Senior Project 

Field of study - Required courses (19 hours offered online) 

  • EMT 351, Power Distribution
  • IOE 350, Technology Management
  • MET 310, Manufacturing Analysis
  • MET 320, Manufacturing Control Systems
  • MET 440, Quality Management Systems
  • MET 450, Systems Project Management 

Students must earn at total of 39 upper-level (300+) hours and 32 MSU residency hours. One hundred twenty overall hours are required. University studies requirements must also be completed. 

Military studies field of study 

  • Military science

Natural sciences field of study 

  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth and environmental sciences
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Safety sciences
  • Occupational safety and health

Nonprofit administration pathway

BIS field of study requirements

  • BIS 399, Seminar in Bachelor of Integrated Studies - 3 hours
  • BIS 301 (Research Methods I) and BIS 302 (Research Methods II) or other approved courses 
  • BIS 437, Senior Project 

Field of study - Required courses (9 hours) 

  • NLS 290, Community Engagement and the Nonprofit Sector
  • NLS 300, Introduction to Nonprofit Management
  • NLS 402, Financial Resource Management & Fund Development

Field of study (Choose 9 hours) 

  • NLS 302, Special Event Management
  • NLS 305, Giving, Philanthropy and Grant-making
  • NLS 350, Program Development
  • NLS 351, Leadership, Governance, and Board Development
  • NLS 352, Human Resource and Volunteer Development
  • NLS 410, Technology Skills for Community Organizations 

Students must earn at total of 39 hours of upper-level (300+) hours and 32 MSU residency hours. One hundred twenty overall hours are required. University studies requirements must also be completed. 

Rural tourism and hospitality pathway

BIS field of study requirements

  • BIS 399, Seminar in Bachelor of Integrated Studies - 3 hours
  • BIS 301 (Research Methods I) and BIS 302 (Research Methods II) or other approved courses 
  • BIS 437, Senior Project 

Field of study - Required courses (9 hours) 

  • NLS 104, Rural Tourism 
  • NLS 302, Special Event Management 
  • NLS 460, Natural Resources and Society 

Field of Study (Choose 9 hours) 

  • NLS 101, Introduction to Recreation and Leisure Services 
  • NLS 207, Diversity and Inclusion in a Global Society 
  • NLS 306, Aging in American Society 
  • NLS 350, Program Development 
  • NLS 405, Organization and Administration of Recreation 
  • NLS 420, Field Studies in Environmental Education
  • NLS 470, Interpretation of Cultural and Natural Resources

Students must earn at total of 39 hours of upper-level (300+) hours and 32 MSU residency hours. One hundred twenty overall hours are required. University studies requirements must also be completed. 

Social sciences field of study 

  • Anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Economics
  • History
  • Political science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Admission requirements

You must have previously earned at least 60 credit hours and have a minimum 2.2 grade point average (GPA). Current Murray State students changing their major to integrated studies must contact an integrated studies advisor and have previously earned 60 credit hours and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. New or transfer students must apply for admission to the integrated studies program online

Degree requirements

You are probably closer than you think to earning your bachelor's degree! You must earn a minimum of 120 college credits to graduate. Of those, at least 32 hours must be taken from Murray State. Contact an advisor to see what you will need to complete the core requirements. 

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Integrated Studies curriculum

Click the arrows below for more detailed information on program requirements. This degree is designed to be flexible. Be sure to talk with an advisor to see how you can tailor your degree to your specific goals! 

University study requirements

Approved associate's degrees may fulfill this requirement.

Oral & Written Communication (7 Hours)
ENG 105 - Composition (Previously ENG 101 & 102) (4 Hours)
One elective from this category

Scientific Inquiry, Methodologies, and Quantitatives Skills (7-10 Hours)
Science course with a lab (4-5 Hours)
Math 117 or above (3-5 Hours)

World's Historical, Literary, & Philosophical Traditions (6 Hours)
CIV 201 or 202  (3 Hours)
HUM 211 (3 Hours)

Global Awareness, Cultural Diversity, & the World's Artistic Traditions (3 Hours)
 One elective from this category 

Social & Self-Awareness and Responsible Citizenship (6 Hours)
One Ethics, Social Responsibility, & Civic Engagement course (3 Hours)
One Social Science course (3 Hours)

 University Studies Approved Electives (9-12 Hours)
Choose courses from University Studies options. No more than two courses from any one Thematic category and no more than one course from the Enrichment Electives category.

Integrated studies requirements

Integrated Studies Coursework (15 hours) 

  • BIS 399 - Seminar in Integrated Studies (3 Hours;  must earn a C or better)
  • Research Methods (6 Hours) - Recommended: BIS 301 & BIS 302
  • BIS 437- Senior Project (6 Hours;  prerequisite of C or better in ENG 101/102/105 or equivalent; must earn a C or better)
    All BIS prefix courses are only offered online.

Field of Study (18 hours) 

18 hours of coursework is required. Some pathways require specific courses while other fields of study are more flexible. Talk with your advisor for more information! 

Minimum hour requirements 

The following are the minimum hour requirements to earn a Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree.

  • Total Earned Hours Required: 120
  • Hours Earned at Murray State, in Residency: 32  (courses that apply to residency include Murray State classes, credits earned by departmental challenge exams, credits earned by independent learning contracts and/or educational portfolios) 
  • Upper-Division Hours: 39
  • Overall GPA: 2.0
  • Field of Study GPA: 2.5
  • Murray State Courses GPA: 2.0

Requirements will vary depending on your catalog year. Contact an advisor to discuss your degree plan!

What's next? 

It all starts with that first initial contact.  Talk to one of our advisors below or complete this short form and we will let you know what it will take for you to finish your bachelor's degree here at Murray State.