UT Dallas 2012 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A., B.S.)

The Bachelors' degrees in Interdisciplinary Studies emphasize a broad learning experience and a wider perspective than that provided by traditional undergraduate majors. They are designed to offer the student the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary, coherent, academically sound, and goal-oriented education directly relevant to the student's intellectual development and career aspirations. They are appropriate for those students who seek a thorough grounding in the traditional arts and sciences from an interdisciplinary perspective. Each student in the Interdisciplinary Studies program becomes an active partner in the formulation of his or her program of study, working in consultation with an academic advisor to devise an appropriate individual degree plan. Within the framework of two foundation areas, a university-wide Interdisciplinary Studies sequence, and a multidisciplinary concentration, a student may draw upon the resources of all schools of the university to create a degree program.

Common areas of concentration for the B.A.I.S. are Business Issues, Environmental Studies, Human Resources, International Relations, Law, Public Relations, Urban Studies and courses toward Teacher Certification (EC-6 and 4-8). Graduates have been accepted into graduate programs in Divinity, Environmental Studies, the health professions, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Law, Management, and Social Sciences. The B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies is selected by students interested in Environmental Studies, the health professions, and other science-related fields. Students interested in pre-health are advised to contact the HPAC (Health Professions Advising Center) during their first semester.

Minors and Double Majors are not allowed in these two Interdisciplinary Studies degrees. In order to make the Interdisciplinary Studies degrees reflect their name, no more than 21 semester credit hours of courses with the same prefix are allowed in the combined major requirements and the 6 semester credit hours of advanced electives. (All courses taught by the Naveen Jindal School of Management courses count as a single prefix.) In the major requirements and 6 semester credit hours of advanced electives, there must be a minimum of 51 semester credit hours of upper-division courses. In the concentration, a minimum of three (3) prefixes must be represented. Please consult an academic advisor for further elaboration.

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 semester credit hours

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

3 semester credit hours Communication (RHET 1302)
3 semester credit hours Communication Elective (BIS 3320)2, 3

Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)

6 semester credit hours Government (GOVT 2301 and GOVT 2302)
6 semester credit hours American History
3 semester credit hours Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)

3 semester credit hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
3 semester credit hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)

3 semester credit hours College Algebra (MATH 1306 or MATH 1314)2
3 semester credit hours Statistics (STAT 1342 or PSY 2317)2

Science (9 semester credit hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)

II. Major Requirements: 60 semester credit hours4 (51 semester credit hours beyond the Core Curriculum)

Major Preparatory Courses (6 semester credit hours)

MATH 1306 College Algebra for the Non-Scientist2
or MATH 1314 College Algebra2
STAT 1342 Statistical Decision Making2
or PSY 2317 Statistics for Psychology2

Major Core Courses (12 semester credit hours)

One 3 semester credit hour ISIS course
One 3 semester credit hour IS course offered by another school (ISAH, ISEC, ISNS, or ISSS)
One 3 semester credit hour course chosen from AMS, GST or ISIS
BIS 3320 The Nature of Intellectual Inquiry2, 3

Major Related Courses (42 semester credit hours) consisting of:

Two Foundations: 12 semester credit hours each (24 semester credit hours)

The two foundations are drawn from the Schools of Arts and Humanities, Behavior and Brain Sciences, Computer Science, Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, Management, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

One Concentration: 18 semester credit hours

Each student devises, in consultation with his/her advisor, the topic for the Concentration and selects 18 semester credit hours of course work related to the topic, drawn from at least three academic disciplines.

Appropriate IS course work may be selected.

III. Elective Requirements: 27 semester credit hours

Advanced Electives (6 semester credit hours)

Guided Elective (1 semester credit hour)

BIS 1100 Interdisciplinary Studies Freshman Seminar

Free Electives (20 semester credit hours)5

Students must complete 51 semester credit hours of upper-division course work to graduate, of which 21 must be taken at UT Dallas.

Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)

GPA: 3.900 cumulative GPA, 3.900 GPA in courses described below, and a total of 30 upper level UT Dallas semester credit hours as described below.

Required courses:

BIS 3320 The Nature of Intellectual Inquiry (3 semester credit hours)
Foundation I (3 semester credit hours)
Foundation II (3 semester credit hours)

Concentration (15 semester credit hours)

Options: (6 semester credit hours)

6 semester credit hours of Practice Teaching
6 semester credit hours of Internship
3 semester credit hours of Internship and one three semester credit hour ISIS/AMS/GST course

Notation on Transcript: Honors in Major

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

Degree Requirements (120 semester credit hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 semester credit hours

Communication (6 semester credit hours)

3 semester credit hours Communication (RHET 1302)
3 semester credit hours Communication Elective (BIS 3320)2, 6

Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 semester credit hours)

6 semester credit hours Government (GOVT 2301 and GOVT 2302)
6 semester credit hours American History
3 semester credit hours Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester credit hours)

3 semester credit hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)
3 semester credit hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 semester credit hours)

6 semester credit hours Calculus (MATH 1325 and 1326 or MATH 2417 and 2419)2, 7

Science (9 semester credit hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)

II. Major Requirements: 60 semester credit hours8 (51 semester credit hours beyond the Core Curriculum)

Major Preparatory Courses (6-8 semester credit hours)

Either MATH 1325 Applied Calculus I2, 7and MATH 1326 Applied Calculus II2, 7
or MATH 2417 Calculus I2, 7 and MATH 2419 Calculus II2, 7

Major Core Courses (12 semester credit hours)

Three Science IS courses
BIS 3320 The Nature of Intellectual Inquiry2, 6

Major Related Courses (42 semester credit hours) consisting of:

Two Foundations: 12 semester credit hours each (24 student semester credit hours)
Foundation I consists of courses taught by the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Computer Science, or Science courses from the School of Behavior and Brain Sciences.
Foundation II is drawn from Arts and Humanities, Behavior and Brain Sciences (if not used for Foundation I), Computer Science (if not used in Foundation I), Economical, Political and Policy Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Management.
One Concentration: 18 semester credit hours
Each student devises, in consultation with his/her advisor, the topic for the Concentration and selects 18 semester credit hours of course work related to the topic, drawn from at least three academic disciplines. Appropriate IS course work may be selected. Three courses must be science courses and one must be a statistics course.

III. Elective Requirements: 27 semester credit hours

Advanced Electives (6 semester credit hours)

Guided Elective (1 semester credit hour)

BIS 1100 Interdisciplinary Studies Freshman Seminar

Free Electives (20 semester credit hours)7

Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies (BS)

GPA: 3.900 cumulative GPA, 3.900 GPA in courses described below, and a total of 30 upper level UT Dallas semester credit hours as described below.

Required courses:

BIS 3320 The Nature of Intellectual Inquiry (3 semester credit hours)
Foundation I - Natural Science and Mathematics (6 semester credit hours)

Concentration (15 semester credit hours)

Options: (6 semester credit hours)

6 semester credit hours of Practice Teaching
6 semester credit hours of Internship
3 semester credit hours of Internship and one three semester credit hour ISIS/AMS/GST course

Notation on Transcript: Honors in Major

Internships, basic computer skills, foreign languages, international studies, and courses in literature and history, offered by the School of Interdisciplinary Studies are highly recommended in all Interdisciplinary Studies degree plans. Students should consult closely with their advisors on particular areas of interest they wish to include in their programs.

  1. Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parentheses are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.
  2. A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement.
  3. An additional IS course will be taken if BIS 3320 is used to satisfy the Core Curriculum Communication Elective requirement.
  4. It will be 51 semester credit hours if MATH 1314, STAT 1342, and BIS 3320 are taken as part of the students' core curriculum requirements.
  5. An additional (or fourth) ISIS course (science or non-science) will be taken if BIS 3320 is used to satisfy the Core Curriculum Communication Elective requirement.
  6. An additional ISIS course will be taken if BIS 3320 is used to satisfy the Core Curriculum Communication Elective requirement.
  7. Students may elect to substitute MATH 2417 and MATH 2419 for MATH 1325 and MATH 1326 and count two of the semester credit hours as Free Electives.
  8. It will be 51 semester credit hours if MATH 1325, MATH 1326 and BIS 3320 are taken as part of the students' core curriculum requirements.
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