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School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A. and 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, Communications, Environmental Studies, Human Resources, International Relations, Law, Public Relations, Urban Studies and courses toward Teacher Certification (EC-4 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 Advisory CommitteeCenter) Office 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 hours of courses with the same prefix are allowed in the combined major requirements and the 6 hours of advanced electives. (BA and ACCT courses count as a single prefix.) In the major requirements and 6 hours of advanced electives, there must be a minimum of 51 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 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours

A. Communication (6 hours)

3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)

3 hours Communication Elective (BIS 3320)1

B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)

6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)

6 hours American History

3 hours Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective

C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)

3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)

3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)

3 hours College Algebra (MATH 1306 or MATH 1314)1

3 hours Statistics (STAT 1342 or PSY 2317)1

E. Science (9 hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)

1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parenthesis are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.

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

Major Preparatory Courses (6 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 hours)

One 3 hour ISGS course

One 3 hour IS course offered by another school (ISAH, ISEC, ISHD, ISNS, or ISSS)

One 3 hour course chosen from AMS, GST or ISGS

BIS 3320 The Nature of Intellectual Inquiry2

Major Related Courses (42 hours) consisting of:

Two Foundations: 12 hours each (24 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, Computer Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Management, and Natural Sciences and Mathematics

One Concentration: 18 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.

2 A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. An additional IS course will be taken if BIS 3320 is used to satisfy the Core Curriculum Communication Elective requirement.

III. Elective Requirements: 27 hours

Advanced Electives (6 hours)

Free Electives (21 hours)2

Students must complete 51 hours of upper-division course work to graduate.

3 An additional (or fourth) IS course (science or non-science) will be taken if BIS 3320 is used to satisfy the Core Curriculum Communication Elective requirement.

Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies (BA)

GPA: 3.75 cumulative GPA, 3.75 GPA in courses described below, and a total of 30 upper level UTD hours as described below.

Required courses:

Notation on Transcript: Honors in Major

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Degree Requirements (120 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours

A. Communication (6 hours)

3 hours Communication (RHET 1302)

3 hours Communication Elective (BIS 3320)1

B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)

6 hours Government (GOVT 2301 and 2302)

6 hours American History

3 hours Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective

C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)

3 hours Fine Arts (ARTS 1301)

3 hours Humanities (HUMA 1301)

D. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (6 hours)

6 hours Calculus (MATH 1325 and 1326 or MATH 2417 and 2419)1

E. Science (9 hours including at least one course with a substantial laboratory component)

1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parenthesis are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.

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

Major Preparatory Courses (6-8 hours)

Either MATH 1325 Applied Calculus I2

and MATH 1326 Applied Calculus II2

or MATH 2417 Calculus I2

and MATH 2419 Calculus II2

Major Core Courses (12 hours)

Three Science IS courses

BIS 3320 The Nature of Intellectual Inquiry3

Major Related Courses (42 hours) consisting of:

Two Foundations: 12 hours each (24 student 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 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.

2 A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. An additional IS course will be taken if BIS 3320 is used to satisfy the Core Curriculum Communication Elective requirement.

III. Elective Requirements: 27 hours

Advanced Electives (6 hours)

Free Electives (21 hours)2

Students must complete 51 hours of upper-division course work to graduate.

3 Students may elect to substitute MATH 2417 and 2419 for MATH 1325 and MATH 1326 and count two of the credit hours as Free Electives.

Honors in Interdisciplinary Studies (BS)

GPA: 3.75 cumulative GPA, 3.75 GPA in courses described below, and a total of 30 upper level UTD hours as described below.

Required courses:

Notation on Transcript: Honors in Major

Minor in Health Care Studies

The Health Care Studies minor is designed for students from any major who have an interest in pursuing a career in one of the health care fields. Students will learn important aspects of the health profession including appropriate terminology and the foundational elements of professionalism in the health care setting. Students will also gain an understanding of basic biological and medical principles related to human health and disease, the fundamental aspects of the history or philosophy of health care, and psychological, social, or economic issues associated with health care or the health care system in America.

This minor is well suited for traditional pre-health students (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and optometry) as well as those interested in allied health fields (physcial therapy, physician assistant studies, clinical nutrition, etc.), public health, clinical psychology, and counseling.

18 semester credit hours are required, 12 semester credit hours of which must be upper-level courses. No courses used to fulfill requirement of a major or another minor may be used.

  • Health Career Development Foundations
    • BIS 4V04 Internship (1-3 hours)
    • HLTH 1100 Career Explorations for the Health Professions
    • HLTH 3100 Pre-Health Professional Development
    • HLTH 3101 Medical Terminology
  • Historical, Legal, and Philosophical Foundations
    • At least one of the following courses:
      • HIST 3328 History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine
      • PHIL 4380 Topics in PHilosophy: Medican Ethics or Philosopphy of Medicine only (both of these topics may be taken when offered)
      • PSCI 4365 Law and Medicine
  • Biological Foundations
    • At least one of the following courses:
      • BIOL 3370 Exercise Physiology
      • BIOL 3455 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I
      • BIOL 3456 Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab II
      • HLTH 1322 Human Nutrition
      • ISGS 3306 Human Female: Biology and Culture
      • ISGS 3308 Bones, Bodies, and Disease
      • NSC 3344 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing
      • NSC 4356 Neurophysiology
      • NSC 4366 Neuroanatomy
  • Psychological, Social and Economic Foundations
    • At least one of the following courses:
      • ECON 3330 Economics of Health
      • PSY 4328 Health Psychology
      • PSY 4346 Human Sexuality
      • SOC 3357 Spatial Dimensions of Health and Disease
      • SOC 4372 Health and Illness
      • SPAN 3441 Medical Spanish

Highly Recommended

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.