Each student entering the program will have an academic plan outlining your transfer units, degree requirements, and your courses for the year, so that you know exactly when you will be graduating. Students need a minimum of 54 transfer units in order to be admitted to the program, and generally complete the program in 3 to 4 semesters (depending upon the number of transfer units). The academic plan ensures that you are guaranteed access to the courses you need to take in order to graduate on time and lock in the tuition rate.
All students in the program engage in a core curriculum that consists of in-person class meetings on 5 weekends per semester (all-day Saturdays and Sundays) and online learning via an online learning platform, which allows students to continue their learning, collaboration, and discussions between in-person meetings.
The core curriculum is comprised of a three-semester sequence of courses that build on each other. Students are exposed to particular themes and critical frameworks that enable them to build intellectual and practical skills and to examine themselves and their relationship to the world. In the three semester sequence, students remain with the same group of students, a group of peers called a cohort, building relationships and collaborating on co-creating knowledge.
Starting Fall 2021, the core curriculum will follow this sequence:
|Semester||Core Curriculum (36 units)|
BIS 1224 Introduction to Social Ecology (4 units)
BIS 1227 Decolonizing Worldviews (4 units)
BIS 1230 Planetary Interconnections (4 units)
Each semester's themes are taught from an interrelated and interdiscplinary perspective. A faculty team facilitates the students' learning and brings in different disciplinary perspectives. The specific curriculum evolves each semester according to our students, faculty, contemporary culture, and emerging scholarship.