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Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies

The Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies is designed for adult learners who want to build on their existing education and tailor their degree to match their personal and professional educational goals. Learners discover and engage with subjects across disciplines in a given area concentration, or combine their Arts & Sciences courses with professional studies. Students acquire the foundation for career development and life-long learning, honing skills in writing, deep reading, communication, and critical thinking. By approaching subjects across disciplines, learners consider and analyze issues using multiple lenses. They deepen their understanding of problems, test new approaches to challenges, and learn to solve issues creatively.

Students interested in completing this degree online should visit the Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies — Online degree.

Admission Requirements

6 units of transferrable college-level course work
  • At least six units of transferrable college-level course work; or 
  • at least six units of course work taken at University College and proof of high school completion, General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE).
2.7 minimum GPA

Note: University College is designed for students with adult responsibilities who may require part-time and flexible course schedules. Current high school students and recent graduates seeking a traditional WashU college experience should apply through the undergraduate admissions office:

Application Requirements

Below is a list of requirements for an application to the undergraduate degree in Integrated Studies. Applications will be reviewed once all requirements are received.

Application Deadlines

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis and typically take four to six weeks. An application is incomplete and will not be reviewed until all of the application requirements have been received or processed. Applicants are encouraged to submit all materials by the following dates:

  • FALL 2022: AUGUST 7, 2022
  • SPRING 2023: DEC. 31, 2022
  • SUMMER 2023: APRIL 30, 2023
Completed application form

The online application is available online on our Apply page. Applications are ready for review when all fields on the application form are completed and the required documents have been received.


Official or unofficial (student-issued) copies of transcripts from the three most recent years of college-level work. If you have fewer than 6-units of transferable credit or University College course work and proof of high school completion, General Educational Development (GED) or High School Equivalency (HSE) must be submitted. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to University College. Electronic transcripts should be forwarded to For transcript questions, please contact our Admissions Coordinator, Patricia Agnew, at

Non-United States course work transcript verification
If the transcript you submit for consideration is from a college or university outside the United States, a course by course transcript evaluation is also required. Evaluations will be accepted from World Education Services (WES), Spantran or another member institution of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). For Spantran evaluations, you must use this form

Personal Essay

Tell us about yourself in a brief essay (about 250 words). Why are you applying to University College? What are your goals, both academic and professional? Is there additional information we should know about you when considering your application?

TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable)

All international students are required to submit TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores at the time of application. The TOEFL iBT and IELTS may be waived for applicants who, immediately prior to their application for admission, have done both of the following:

  • Lived for three years or longer in the United States or another country where English is the primary language of daily life (e.g. Canada or United Kingdom).
  • Completed three or more years of study at a college or university which is located in that country and where the language of instruction is English.

This policy applies to all international students, even those who have earned a degree from a United States college or university.

If an applicant moves away from an English-speaking country after living and studying there for three years or more, TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo scores are then required for admission. 

Changes to the English Language Proficiency Requirements (2022–23)

Effective March 23, 2022, if an applicant is unable to take the TOEFL iBT or the IELTS, they may document their efforts to take the tests, contact University College Admissions, and request the Duolingo, TOEFL ITP Plus for China, or TOEFL iBT Home Edition as exceptions. 

For international student application deadlines and fees, please click HERE.

Additional TOEFL and IELTS information for international students adversely affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on University College’s International Student Information webpage.

Enrolling in University College

We are here for you, every step of the way. Getting started at University College is easy.


Step 1Meet with an Advisor
Schedule an appointment with an advisor online.

Step 2Start Your Application
Applying is easy, and our advisors are here to help you find the path that fits your needs. Apply Today!

Step 3Plan Ahead
Explore ways that can help you afford your education such as tuition payment methods, scholarships and financial aid.  


Take a course today. Apply later.

At University College, students can take courses without applying to a degree program. If you are interested in taking a class to get to know University College, to fulfill credits, for professional development, or to follow a passion, the non-degree option is for you. Learn more.

Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.



Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.


Schedule an appointment

All University College undergraduate students must satisfy the same general education requirements. Students in the BS in Integrated Studies choose from the Area Concentration track or the Arts & Sciences Professional track, each of which culminates in a capstone experience.


In the Area Concentration Track, students take course work across the humanities, social sciences, or mathematics and sciences, providing multiple perspectives and approaches to similar subjects. Learning how a variety of disciplines approach questions provides a foundation for appreciating differences across cultures, areas of work and life, and among individuals. Students acquire a range of tools for approaching problems and creating solutions.

Required Courses: 36 units
Complete 33 units in one area of concentration, choosing from humanities, mathematics and sciences, or social sciences. For example, a student in the humanities area concentration might take 9 units each in English literature, history, and Spanish, and six units in philosophy. At least 18 units must be at the 300–400 level.  


  • African and African American Studies
  • Art and Archeology
  • Classics
  • English Composition**
  • English Literature
  • French*
  • History
  • Italian*
  • Korean*
  • Philosophy
  • Spanish*
  • Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Mathematics & Sciences

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Physics

Social Science

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

* Foreign languages fulfill the Humanities Concentration of the Integrated Studies degree; foreign languages fulfill the Languages and the Arts distribution area for general education requirements.
**300-level and above

Capstone: 3 units
Complete a three-unit capstone essay, reflecting on the integration of a topic across fields within the chosen concentration.



In the Arts & Sciences Professional track, students pair the critical thinking, research, and writing that are essential across multiple careers with a set of skills that advances their prospects in a particular profession.

Required Courses: 36 units

Area Concentration (18 units)
Students choose from humanities, social sciences, or mathematics and sciences. Courses must be at the 300–400 level. 

Professional Studies (15 units)
Students choose individual courses that best advance their goals, or focus on a given area. Professional studies courses are chosen from:  

  • Business
  • Clinical Research Management
  • Communications
  • Computers and Information Management
  • Design Thinking
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Human Resources Management**
  • Journalism
  • Nonprofit Management**
  • Sustainability

Capstone: 3 units 
Students reflect on, research, and develop a set of best practices in a chosen profession.

Optional Certificate
Students may focus on a given area and can earn a certificate (13–21 units) in the following:

  • Business
  • Clinical Research Management
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Strategic Communications
  • Sustainability

** Undergraduates may take a maximum of nine units of 500-level (graduate-level) course work.

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