Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

The Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is ideal for the student interested in combining challenging, science-based courses with other interests such as environmental, behavioral or historical issues. Like the Bachelors of Arts in American Studies and Interdisciplinary Studies, it is flexible, but also challenging and rewarding.

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is comprised of the Texas Common Core Curriculum, Interdisciplinary Studies major core science courses, two foundations, concentration and electives.

Student take 12 hours in two foundations. Foundation I must be math-based or science-based, but foundation II can be drawn from another of the University’s seven schools:

Working with an Interdisciplinary Studies academic advisor, students will create a concentration tailored to their academic goals and interests.  Students will take 18 hours in their concentration and incorporate at least three different disciplines to make it adaptable, diverse, individual and truly interdisciplinary. Students are encouraged to incorporate an internship to earn college credit and gain work experience. Students who are interested in adding teacher certification to their degree plan will meet with the Teacher Development Center for certification advising and their Interdisciplinary Studies advisor for their academic advising.

Degree Plan Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies stands apart from other degrees due to its framework of two foundation areas and a multidisciplinary concentration in addition to core curriculum requirements and electives. The purpose of the two foundation areas is to provide an intellectual base in two academic schools related to the student’s concentration. The concentration component permits a multidisciplinary investigation of an area, problem or theme meaningful to a student’s educational or career goals. The Interdisciplinary Studies major preparatory and core courses require the perspectives of more than one discipline. Lastly, the electives develop, increase or intensify a student’s studies.

The foundations and concentrations framework is explained in detail below. For more information on the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree and related courses, please refer to the academic catalog or set up an appointment with your academic advisor.


Interdisciplinary Studies foundations are drawn from the seven schools at UT Dallas. IS students choose any two foundations and take courses from that school. Each foundation must be a minimum of 12 hours in length. For the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies degree, foundation I must be Computer Science, Natural Sciences and Mathematics or science courses from the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Students seeking teacher certification may also select an Education foundation. See your academic advisor for details.

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  1. Arts and Humanities (A&H)
  2. Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS)
  3. Computer Science (CS)
  4. Economic, Political and Policy Sciences (EPPS)
  5. Interdisciplinary Studies (IS)
  6. Management (MGT)
  7. Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM)


The concentration consists of 18 hours of courses and is the student’s opportunity to specialize in an area. Together with your academic advisor, you will design your concentration to suit your particular interests. Any topic is suitable for a concentration, as long as UT Dallas offers enough courses on the topic and the courses span at least three disciplines. You should decide on a title for your concentration as early as possible and have your academic advisor put this title on your degree plan.

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Below is a list of concentration areas compiled from degree plans for graduating Interdisciplinary Studies students. This is a list of the most common concentrations and is designed for guidance only. Other concentrations have been developed by conscientious Interdisciplinary Studies students. Some of the courses in each sample concentration require prerequisite courses. Before deciding to select a course, refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for the description and whether or not prerequisites are required.

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