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.
Concentrations requirements are identical to requirements for minors with one difference: 
Courses used to satisfy an LEP requirement, may not also fulfill a concentration requirement.

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

  • Three existing concentrations from the minors list.
  • Two existing concentrations from the minors list and an approved self-designed 18-credit interdisciplinary concentration.

NOTE: BS-IDS students may also select the Child, Family and Community Studies concentration, in addition to those listed on the minors list.

Students should note the following restrictions:

  • Students may not select more than one existing concentration from the same discipline.
  • Students may take more than the minimum 18 credits required for a concentration; in a discipline with an established concentration, however, no more than 24 credits (not including those taken as LEP) will count toward the 120 credits needed for graduation. Students who want to take more than 24 credits in any single area should major in that area.
  • A self-designed interdisciplinary concentration must be approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies Program Director and the Interdisciplinary Studies Academic Advising Coordinator in consultation with the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee prior to the completion of more than 9 credits in the proposed concentration and the completion of 60 credits overall (75 credits for transfer students). Students who have earned more than 60 credits (75 credits for transfer students) may file a written appeal with the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee for waiver of this requirement detailing the reasons which would warrant an exception to the policy.

A minimum of 36 credits overall at the 300 or 400 level. (Courses counted toward any requirement may be used to fulfill this requirement)


No cognates are required for this program.


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