Interdisciplinary Studies, B.S.

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120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

45 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 3 - Capstone
IDS 401 - Capstone Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


A minimum 2.0 GPA in each concentration.

Completion of three 18-credit concentrations.
Concentration requirements are identical to requirements for minors with one difference:

Courses used to satisfy an LEP requirement, cannot also be used to fulfill a concentration requirement.

To create a BS-IDS degree students have two options:

  • Choose three existing concentrations from the minors list.

  • Choose two existing concentration from the minors list and an approved self-designed 18-credit interdisciplinary concentration.

NOTE: In addition to the concentrations from the minors list or in addition to a self-designed interdisciplinary concentration, students may also choose to select the Child, Family and Community Studies concentration.  The requirements for this concentration may be found in the Interdisciplinary Studies, B.S., Early Childhood Teaching Credential (ECTC-B) or the Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A., Early Childhood Teaching Credential (ECTC-B).

Students should also note the following:

  • Generally, students may not select more than one existing concentration from the same discipline and must and must complete a minimum of 36 credits overall at the 300 or 400 level (any 300 or 400 level course in the student’s degree program may count towards the 36 credit requirement).
  • A self-designed interdisciplinary concentration must be approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies Program Director.


No cognates are required for this program.


Remaining credits to reach total Overall Credits Required (listed above).