To earn a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, students must:
1. Submit a degree proposal when they have earned between 60 and 90 credits.
A degree proposal contains the following:
- Clarity in reasons for designing a themed degree plan
- Cohesive learning objectives (see samples) that include a math, science, engineering or technology-related focus
- An integrative Capstone Project idea
- The support of two faculty advisors from two of the strongest disciplines represented in the proposal. One of two faculty advisors must be from math, science, engineering or technology.
- At least 42 credits of courses at the 200-level and above
- 30 credits in math, science, engineering or technology on the transcript; 15 of these 30 must be in the proposal and at the 300- and 400-level
- All courses in our core curriculum
The coursework presented in a degree proposal must not:
(a) overlap substantially with another major
(b) contain more than 21 credits (or 7 classes) from any one discipline
(c) contain more than 12 credits (or 4 classes) of transfer credit
(d) include more than 6 credits (or 2 classes) shared with any other qualification (major, minor or certificate) that is being claimed by the student on their transcript
2. Have a GPA of at least 2.5 at the time of proposal submission and maintain that through graduation.
If this is an area of concern, please see this helpful resource from the Office for Academic and Pre-Professional and Advising. Get in touch with your INDS advisor to discuss ways to boost your GPA. Another handy function: the GPA calculator.
A student can graduate with departmental honors by maintaining at least a 3.5 GPA and by taking INDS 330H or INDS 430H and INDS 490H.
3. Execute a capstone research project, including an oral presentation of this work.