Core Courses and Requirements
Each BI degree is comprised of emphasis major courses, the innovation core, a cross-disciplinary core, and general education courses.
The Innovation Core is comprised of 24 Credits that are geared toward innovation and entrepreneurship; a key component is multi-disciplinary long-term team activities over the sophomore, junior and senior years. Teams are expected to include students from all years, and may include graduate students. These teams have dynamic membership and team member roles will change on a regular basis. An innovation core includes courses on innovation, entrepreneurship, business and IP law, and policy. Students develop an “innovation portfolio” throughout the program that documents and highlights their roles and contributions in these various courses. The eight required courses are listed below.
Each major includes a per-student choice of a cross-discipline core, which is a coherent collection of 15 credits from one “cross-over” area. Students are encouraged to choose their cross-discipline as early as possible in the BI program, ideally before they enter their sophomore year. Cross-discipline options depend on the chosen major.
The pre-defined Cross-Discipline cores are:
- Engineering Cross-Discipline Core
- Business Cross-Discipline Core
- Globalization Cross-Disciple Core
- Creative Communication Cross-Discipline Core
- Inclusive Education Cross-Discipline Core
BI Custom Cross-Discipline Core
This is a personalized core for students that have a different "intellectual" cultural experience. Students must submit a personalized prosed contract for approval and have it on file with their academic advisor. This core is available only to Veterans and Transfer students at the time of admission and by petition only for existing students who have switched majors.
Transfer students: Transfer students who have taken at least 30 credits at another school may use 15 of those credits to complete this core. The courses must be outside of the student’s major and may not be applied to other degree requirements, including Compass Curriculum.
Veterans: Veterans with at least four years of service can combine transfer courses that are outside of their major with any courses taken at UCCS that are outside their college to complete this core.