Interdisciplinary Studies (BS)

Program of Study

Core IMPACTS Area : Institutional Priorities 14-5
Choose one of the following communication options3
Public Speaking
Foreign Language Course Options
AMSL, ARAB, CHIN, FREN, GERM, GREK, ITAL, JAPN, KREN, LATIN, PORT, SPAN - 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002; SWAH - 1001, 1002.
Take one of the following courses1-2
Scholarship Across the Disciplines
Introduction to Servant Leadership
Perspectives 1-hour
Perspectives 2-hour
Core IMPACTS Area : Mathematics & Quantitative Skills 13-7
DATA 1501Introduction to Data Science 3
MATH 1001Quantitative Skills and Reasoning3
MATH 1101Introduction to Mathematical Modeling3
MATH 1111College Algebra3
MATH 1113Pre-Calculus4
MATH 1125Applied Calculus3
MATH 1131Calculus with Analytic Geometry I4
MATH 1132Calculus with Analytic Geometry II4
MATH 1165Computer-Assisted Problem Solving3
MATH 1401Introduction to Statistics3
MATH 1501Calculus I4
MATH 2125Introduction to Discrete Mathematics3
STAT 1401Elementary Statistics3
Core IMPACTS Area : Political Science and U.S. History 6
HIST 2111U. S. History to 18653
or HIST 2112 U. S. History since 1865
POLS 1101American Government3
Core IMPACTS Area : Arts, Humanities, and Ethics 6
Select one Fine Arts course3
Art Appreciation
Introduction to the History of Art I– Prehistoric through Gothic
Introduction to the History of Art II– Renaissance through Modern
Music Appreciation
Theatre Appreciation
Comparative Arts 2
Select one Humanities course3
World Literature I
World Literature II
The Western Intellectual Tradition
Introduction to Digital Humanities
Introduction to Philosophy
Comparative Arts 2
Core IMPACTS Area : Communicating in Writing 6
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Core IMPACTS Area : Technology, Mathematics, and Sciences 1,37-11
ANTH 1145Human Origins3
ASTR 1105Descriptive Astronomy: The Solar System3
ASTR 1106Descriptive Astronomy: Stars and Galaxies3
ASTR 1305Descriptive Astronomy Lab1
ATSC 1112Understanding the Weather3
ATSC 1112LUnderstanding the Weather Lab1
BIOL 1125Contemporary Issues in Biology Non-Lab3
BIOL 1215KIntroductory Biology4
BIOL 1225KContemporary Issues in Biology with Lab4
CHEM 1151
Survey of Chemistry I
and Survey of Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1152
Survey of Chemistry II
and Survey of Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 1211
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1212
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Lab
CPSC 1105Introduction to Computing Principles and Technology3
CPSC 1301KComputer Science I4
ENVS 1105Environmental Studies3
ENVS 1105LEnvironmental Studies Laboratory1
ENVS 1205KSustainability and the Environment4
GEOG 2215Introduction to the Geographic Information Systems3
GEOL 1110Natural Disasters: Our Hazardous Environment3
GEOL 1121Introductory Geoscience I: Physical Geology3
GEOL 1121LIntroductory Geoscience I: Physical Geology Lab1
GEOL 1122Introductory Geo-sciences II: Historical Geology3
GEOL 1322Introductory Geo-sciences II: Historical Geology Lab1
GEOL 2225The Fossil Record4
PHYS 1111
PHYS 1311
Introductory Physics I
and Introductory Physics I Lab
PHYS 1112
PHYS 1312
Introductory Physics II
and Introductory Physics II Lab
PHYS 1125Physics of Color and Sound3
PHYS 1325Physics of Color and Sound Lab1
PHYS 2211
PHYS 2311
Principles of Physics I
and Principles of Physics I Lab
PHYS 2212
PHYS 2312
Principles of Physics II
and Principles of Physics II Lab
Core IMPACTS Area : Social Sciences6
Select one Behavioral Science course
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Moral Philosophy
Introduction to General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Select one World Cultures course3
Discovering Archaeology
Cultural Anthropology
Ancient World Civilizations
Language and Culture
Language and Culture
World Regional Geography
World History to 1500
World History since 1500
Understanding Non-Western Cultures
Core IMPACTS Total Hours42
Health and Wellness3
KINS 1106Lifetime Wellness2
or PHED 1205 Concepts of Fitness
Select one of the following1
Any PEDS course
Body Mapping (Music Majors Only)

The hours applied in the Institutional Priorities; Mathematics & Quantitative Skills; and Technology, Mathematics, and Sciences areas must add to 18 credit hours. 


ITDS 1145 Comparative Arts, though listed under both Fine Arts and Humanities, may be taken only once. 


At least 4 of the credit hours in this area must be in a lab science course.

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
Complete the core requirements for this program45
Core Total45
Field of Study Requirements
ITDS 2791Interdisciplinary Pathways1
ITDS 2792Information Literacy and Critical Analysis1
ITDS 2793Interdisciplinary Research and Careers1
Students apply 15 credit hours at the 1000-2000 level. These credits must be approved in the student’s Pathway Plan by meeting prerequisite requirements for upper level courses in the student's Pathway Areas or supporting the learning outcomes of their chosen Pathways..15
Field of Study Requirements Subtotal18
Required for the Major
All students take the following two courses:3
Interdisciplinary Capstone Proposal
Interdisciplinary Capstone
Select two distinctly different Pathway Areas from the following list for a total of 36 credit hours. At least 12 hours in each Pathway must be at the 3000 level or above.36
1. Data Management and Application Pathway: Students gather, organize, and evaluate a variety of data related to practical applications.
2. Ethical, Creative, and Critical Reasoning Pathway: Students explain the enduring value of created works of art, history, and literature by interpreting and/or participating in the creative process.
3. Health and Community Welfare Pathway: Students articulate and apply skills that support and improve the wellbeing of individuals and their communities.
4. Leadership and Communication Pathway: Students identify and address contemporary problems by developing strategies that effectively build and support collaborative work.
5. Public Service and Security Pathway: Students identify, analyze, and develop solutions for complex public safety and security situations.
6. Science and Technology: Students apply scientific knowledge and methods to address contemporary and/or anticipated issues affecting society.
7. Create Your Pathway: Students, through the formulation and fulfillment of a unique Degree Pathway Plan, will articulate and achieve measurable learning outcomes specific to their personal and professional goals.
Required for the Major Subtotal39
General Electives
Select 21 credit hours of coursework. Students may need to apply upper level credit in this area to meet the program’s overall requirement of 39 credits at the 3000-level or above.21
All students must complete 31 hours at CSU to meet the 25% residency requirement.
General Electives Subtotal21
Total Credit Hours123

Program Map

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ENGL 1101 English Composition I (minimum grade of C) 3
AREA AMATH 1001 or higher level MATH 3
Area B2 ITDS 1779 (2), LEAD 1705 (2), PERS 1506 (1; may be repeated with different topic), PERS 1507 (2) 1 2
POLS 1101 American Government 3
ITDS 2799 Interdisciplinary Pathways 2 3
 Credit Hours14
ENGL 1102 English Composition II (minimum grade of C) 3
Area B1COMM 1110 Public Speaking or foreign language 1001, 1002, 2001, 2002 3
AREA DLab Science 4
Area FFoundational course for Pathway preparation 3 3
Area FFoundational course for Pathway preparation 3 3
ITDS 3099 Interdisciplinary Milestones 0
 Credit Hours16
Second Year
Area FFoundational course for Pathway preparation 3 3
Area FFoundational course for Pathway preparation 3 3
Area FFoundational course for Pathway preparation 3 3
Area GPathway #1 course 4 3
Area GPathway #2 course 4 3
WellnessKINS 1106 (or PHED 1205)Concepts of Fitness 2
ITDS 3099 Interdisciplinary Milestones 0
 Credit Hours17
HIST 2111
U. S. History to 1865
or U. S. History since 1865
Area CFine Arts 3
AREA DMath/Science/Tech 3
Area GPathway #1 course 4 3
AREA GPathways #2 course 4 3
ITDS 3099 Interdisciplinary Milestones 0
 Credit Hours15
Third Year
AREA CHumanities 3
AREA DScience 3
WellnessPEDS Elective 1
AREA GPathway #1 course 4 3
AREA GPathway #2 course 4 3
AREA IElective 3
ITDS 3099 Interdisciplinary Milestones 0
 Credit Hours16
AREA EWorld Culture 3
AREA EBehavioral Science 3
AREA GPathway #1 course 4 3
AREA GPathway #1 course 4 3
AREA GPathway #2 course 4 3
ITDS 3099 Interdisciplinary Milestones 0
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
AREA GPathway #1 course 4 3
AREA GPathway #2 course 4 3
AREA IElective 3
AREA IElective 3
AREA IElective 3
ITDS 3099 Interdisciplinary Milestones 0
 Credit Hours15
AREA GPathway #2 course 4 3
ITDS 4799 Interdisciplinary Capstone 3
AREA IElective 3
AREA IElective 3
AREA IElective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours123

Note: Students must complete Area B and Area D with a combined total of 15 credit hours within the following ranges. Any additional hours may be applied to Area F or beyond, depending on the program of study. Students should consult their advisors.

  • Area B1, 3 hours;
  • Area B2, 1-2 hours; 
  • Area D1, 7-8 hours;
  • Area D2, 3-4 hours. 

In ITDS 2799, students will develop a plan that identifies which specific Area F and Area G courses to take to meet their overall educational goals. With the guidance of the instructor of ITDS 2799 and the Interdisciplinary Governance Board (IGB), students will design their own degree program, one that highlights their unique skills and knowledge gained through study and experience. In ITDS 2799, students will develop a program map that is more specific than the general one shown here, for it will appropriate their previously earned credits to this degree.Two features of the program are designed for students with transfer credits or who have changed majors and have accrued a fair number of credits. First, its Interdisciplinary Governance Board can quickly evaluate and apply prior credits to the program so entering students know how long the program will take for them to finish. Once those prior credits have been appropriated, students can then determine which two pathways they want to pursue and which Area F courses they should take as prerequisites. Second, the program's Pathway-Milestone-Capstone design will help students who may have a variety of credits or partially completed majors to refashion their academic experience into a coherent whole, investing them with the knowledge and skills they need to meet their academic and career goals. 


These Area F Foundational courses should be used to satisfy prerequisites for upper division courses in the chosen two Pathways (Area G coursework). The trickiest part of the degree is making sure that the prerequisite courses for the upper level courses get taken in areas A - F.  Many can fit in Area F, but it will help to have some satisfy an A-E requirement. During Fall 1 and while enrolled in ITDS 2799, students will submit their personally created program map--including their plans for Area F Foundational coursework and Pathway choices--for approval to the IGB.


Students are to select two different Pathway Areas from the following list. At least 12 hours in each Pathway must be at the 3000 level or above.

  1. Communicating in a Global Environment (18 hours) (Most language, linguistics, writing, and communication courses can contribute, as well as courses framed around global issues.)

  2. Humanities (18 hours) (Most philosophy, literature, history, language, and creative writing courses can contribute.)

  3. Leadership and Community Engagement (18 hours) (Courses framed around the topics of leadership and engagement can contribute and be found in a broad range of fields, including business, education, and social sciences.)

  4. Evidence Based Inquiry using Social Science or Natural Science Perspectives (18 hours)

  5. Create Your Pathway (18 hours) (Developed by the student in consultation with the Interdisciplinary Governance Board.)


Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Additional Program Requirements

There are no program specific academic regulations.