Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) | Los Angeles Pacific University

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

36

Required Major Units

$450

Cost Per Unit

$16,200

Estimated Major Cost

General Studies Core Requirements

Students pursuing any of LAPU’s bachelor’s degrees are encouraged to complete the General Studies Core before starting their major requirements. Students must attain at least a 2.0 (C) grade-point average in the major. Some majors may require a 2.5 grade-point average (please refer to the degree for more details). All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists. Prior coursework from regionally accredited colleges/universities may be transferred to meet the General Studies Core requirements.

English Communications

6 Units

COMM

105

Public Communication

3 Units

This course offers practical instruction on how to speak effectively and introduces the basic principles underlying effective communication. Topics range from the study of theoretical models of interpersonal and public communication to the fundamental skills of research, organization, and delivery of informative and persuasive discourse.

ENG

105

Introduction to Academic Research and Writing

3 Units

This course promotes the intellectual and rhetorical skills necessary to write persuasive and argumentative prose. Specific areas addressed to include logic, grammar, and rhetoric. Clarity of purpose and perspicuity of argument are examined through attention to critical thinking, logical fallacies, and textual analysis. Prerequisite: ENG 101

Arts and Humanities

6 Units

ART

110

Introduction to Art

3 Units

This combination lecture/studio course introduces learners to fine art history and processes. Learners develop a deeper understanding of the history, forms, and styles of architecture, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. The studio experiences expand learners’ personal awareness of art and themselves.

ENG

115

Introduction to Literature

3 Units

This course introduces learners to the varying genres of literature—fiction, poetry, drama, and cinema—while examining and exploring the historical, critical, and social significance of literary expression. Prerequisite: ENG 105

OR

PHIL

205

Introduction to Philosophy

3 Units

An introduction to the main areas of philosophy, including epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. The course will introduce learners to the major philosophers and their writings. In addition, learners will become familiar with worldview-thinking; a conceptual framework from which to examine, understand, and converse on the various topics in philosophy. In particular, learners will learn to articulate a comprehensive Christian worldview and communicate their perspectives with clarity and relevancy.

OR

PHIL

210

Introduction to Ethics

3 Units

Principle ethical theories and major thinkers who proposed them. Students examine key ethical systems and compare them to biblical teaching with the goal of articulating a Christian approach to ethics. Students explore a variety of ethical issues and acquire a step-by-step model for moral decision making.

Quantitative Reasoning

3 Units

MATH

105

Survey of College Mathematics

3 Units

MATH 105 is designed for the non-science major. Key areas of focus include financial literacy, numerically-based decision making, growth, scale, consumer applications, probability, and numerical applications. The course applies basic college-level mathematics to real-life problems.

OR

MATH

125

College Algebra

3 Units

This course is primarily a study of functions (linear, quadratic, polynomial, inverse, exponential, and logarithmic) and their graphs. Additional topics include solving equations and inequalities, matrices, and sequences and series.

OR

STAT

280

Applied Statistics

3 Units

Introductory statistics with an emphasis on the application of statistical knowledge. Students learn sampling techniques for data collection, summarize statistical information using numeric values and graphical displays, and analyze and interpret data using appropriate statistical methods.

Behavioral Sciences

3 Units

APSY

105

Introduction to Psychology

3 Units

An introduction to the scientific study of human nature, reviewing multiple perspectives of psychological thought surrounding the relationship between the brain and behavior, perception, learning and cognition, development, social behavior, personality, and psychopathology and psychotherapy.

OR

ECO

203

Principles of Microeconomics

3 Units

This course provides an introduction to concepts and tools of economic analysis for microeconomics. Learners study the interactions of firms and consumers: consumer demands, firm costs, price determination under various market structures, and the role of government in a market economy.

Social Sciences

3 Units

HIS

202

World Civilizations

3 Units

This course provides an in-depth analysis of global historical trends which have transformed world civilization, such as the emergence of world system(s); formation of ethnic, racial, and national identities; capitalism, colonialism, and development; ecological imperialism; religious movements; industrialization; and modernization. Prerequisite: ENG 105.

OR

HIS

203

U.S. History to 1877

3 Units

This course acquaints the learner with the major developments of U.S. history from early colonial developments through the Civil War. Emphasis is given to the ideas, groups, and events that helped form American culture. Learners develop critical reading and writing skills through analyzing primary documents in this era and also by considering how past movements have shaped our country in the present day. Learners who have successfully completed HIS 201 will not receive credit for this course. Prerequisite: ENG105

OR

HIS

204

U.S. History from 1865

3 Units

This course acquaints the learner with the major developments of U.S. history from the Reconstruction Era through recent times. Emphasis is given to the ideas, groups, and events that helped form American culture. Learners develop critical reading and writing skills through analyzing primary documents in this era and also by considering how past movements have shaped our country in the present day. Learners who have successfully completed HIS 201 will not receive credit for this course. Prerequisite: ENG105.

OR

HIS

420

United States History and the Constitution

3 Units

Exploration of United States history from pre-colonization until the Industrial Revolution. Candidates reflect on the importance of democracy and the Constitution as a lens for understanding democratic principles that serve as the foundation of our political system.

Physical and Biological Sciences
(Requirement waived for B.S. in Health Sciences, increases general electives.)

4 Units

BIO

230

Anatomy and Physiology I/Lab

4 Units

Lecture, 3 units; Lab, 1 unit This course is intended for nursing and allied health students requiring a two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence. This course covers the structure and function of cells and tissues, along with the anatomy and physiology of the integumentary, skeletal, nervous, and muscular systems. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components.

OR

BIO

240

Anatomy and Physiology II/Lab

4 Units

This course is intended for nursing and allied health students requiring a two-semester anatomy and physiology sequence. This course covers the continuation of body systems started in Anatomy and Physiology I and includes the study of the endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. This course includes both lecture and laboratory components. Prerequisite: BIO 230 Anatomy and Physiology I

OR

CHEM

115

Chemistry for the Health Sciences/Lab

4 Units

Lecture, 3 units; Lab, 1 unit This course covers organic and biochemistry topics related to the health sciences. Emphasis is placed on organic nomenclature, functional groups, selected organic reactions, and biochemical pathways. Lab activities will focus on the application of organic and biochemistry with respect to the health sciences.

OR

PHYS

150

Introduction to Astronomy/Lab

4 Units

Lecture, 3 units; Lab, 1 unit This course introduces the history of astronomy, the solar system, the stellar systems, galactic systems, and cosmology. This course requires basic skills developed in a college algebra environment including solving equations, scientific notation, roots, exponents and unit conversions. Students uncomfortable with these requirements may wish to complete College Algebra before taking Astronomy.

LAPU Distinctives

9 Units

BIBL

100

Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy

3 Units

This course introduces Old Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary critical methodologies with a primary focus on the books of Exodus and Deuteronomy. Learners study to observe the overall structure of these books, their historical settings, and modern approaches to their literary analysis. Learners study to interpret individual texts within each book and study how Deuteronomy uses the material of Exodus to communicate God’s Word to a new generation.

BIBL

230

Introduction to Biblical Literature: Luke/Acts

3 Units

This course introduces New Testament biblical literature, hermeneutics, and literary critical methodologies with a primary focus on the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. Special attention is given to the meaning of the texts with regard to their political, cultural, religious, and geographical settings; the literary structures and genres employed; and how those texts are relevant for faithful Christian living.

MO

101

Momentum: Success in the University*

3 Units

This course lays a strong foundation for a successful transition to college by increasing critical thinking, curiosity, goal orientation, and motivation. It provides an orientation to LAP, the Moodle Online Learning System, digital library services, and other support services. Learners are introduced to the idea of a Christian liberal arts education, strengths approach learning and opportunities to develop practical skills and strategies for addressing the challenges of college.
*Must be taken at LAPU

Total Units

34 Units

Interdisciplinary Studies Requirements

To earn the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree, students must complete the degree components listed below:

General Studies Core

34 Units

View the General Studies Core tab above for more details on the
General Studies course requirements.

34 Units

Two Concentrations

30 Units

Students choose 2 concentrations from the catalog as part of their program. Please consult with a success coach to determine an appropriate pairing of concentrations.

30 Units

Capstone Courses

6 Units

ISTU

490

Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone I

3 Units

This course is one of a two-course capstone experience for students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program. In this class, students grapple with the development of their worldview in the context of a biblical perspective and relate it to the specific emphases they have studied. Students articulate their own worldview, apply an ethical decision-making model based on their worldview, and address a professional or social issue.

ISTU

495

Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone II

3 Units

This course is one of a two-course capstone experience for students in the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies program. In this class, students draw from their accumulated education and professional experience to create a solution or improve a process for a situation in their workplace, ministry, or interest area, integrating insights from both of their emphases.

Electives

50 Units

Students may choose from any 100-400 level course in the LAPU catalog.
24 of the 53 Elective units must be in the 300-400 level.
Students may also choose a 15-unit Concentration as part of their Electives.
Explore Concentrations

50 Units

Total Units

120 Units

This information is current for this academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.

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