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The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program
In Partnership with Tidewater Community College

Admissions Process

Eligibility for Admission
  • Current TCC student or recent TCC graduate (must have at least 15 transferable credits from TCC)
  • 4 years past high school graduation or GED
  • 60 semester credits of transferable college course work with a grade of C (2.0) or better from one or more regionally accredited colleges or universities
  • 30 of the 60 credits must satisfy the Liberal Studies Core (see below)
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 and good social/academic standing at most recent college or university
  • Good financial standing at UVA
Liberal Studies Core Requirements (30 semester credits)
  • 6 transferable credits of English Composition
  • 6 transferable credits of Humanities (art, art history, architectural history, classics, drama, literature, music, philosophy, political theory, religion, and western or other civilization courses)
  • 6 transferable credits of Social Science (anthropology, economics, government and foreign affairs or political science, history (non-civilization courses), psychology, and sociology)
  • 12 transferable credits of Math/and or Natural Science
Additional Required Transferable Credits (30 semester credits)
  • Courses must be comparable to UVA courses in content and rigor.
  • A maximum of 2 credits of PE may be transferred.
  • A maximum of 12 credits of transferable course work in Military Science (ROTC) may be transferred.
  • Most foreign language courses will transfer, but will not count toward the Humanities requirement.
  • Up to two programming courses & one software applications course (IST 114 or 117) may be transferred.
  • A maximum of 12 credits from the Defense Language Institute may be transferred.
  • UVA does not accept credits earned through non-traditional means (e.g., CLEP, military credits, correspondence courses).
  • See UVA Transfer Guide: for a complete list of transferable courses.
The Process
  • Attend a BIS Information Session at TCC.  If you are unable to attend a session, please meet with Maura Spreen at or Penny Lewis at at TCC for an overview of the program.
  • Send transcripts to SCPSadmissions or fax to (434) 982-5324 for preliminary review. These can be unofficial transcripts, although eventually you will need to send official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended.
  • Based on feedback, complete an online application. Go to and click on "Apply Now".  The application deadlines are May 15 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission.