Jul 22, 2019  
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2018-19 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Multidisciplinary Studies, B.S.


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Joyce Johnston, coordinator
Ferguson Building, 273 AA
Phone: (936) 468-6537
Email: mdp@sfasu.edu
Web: sfasu.edu/oidp

The Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies is one of three interdisciplinary degrees offered in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts . It remains distinct from others (the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences and the Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies) in that students can select areas of study from any of SFA’s colleges. Unlike those enrolled in a traditional degree program, students pursuing the B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies will work with the program coordinator to design a degree plan consisting of three areas of study. Each area of study requires a total of 18 semester credit hours (9 of which must be upper-division, 300- to 400-level coursework). The areas of study must be complementary of one another. Students wishing to pursue this degree must be able to demonstrate how these areas can be logically, academically and professionally integrated.

In most cases, students may include areas of study from any of the academic programs that currently offer minors. However, only those students pursuing the physical science secondary teaching certification may include secondary education as one of the three areas of study. In addition, only one area of study within any degree plan can be based on a defined interdisciplinary minor (a list of these minors can be obtained through the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs ).

Students interested in pursuing the B.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies must meet the following prerequisite requirements:

  1. Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA to be eligible for the program.
  2. Students must meet with the program coordinator before changing their major to the Multidisciplinary Studies program.

1. University Core Curriculum Requirements


See College of Liberal and Applied Arts Bachelor of Science for Liberal and Applied Arts, B.S.  requirements for University Core Curriculum course listing.

Foundation of Knowledge (9-13 hours)


a) Additional Science


Six to eight additional semester hours from one of the following sequences:

Anthropology, archaeology, geography:

b) Additional Mathematics


Three to five additional semester hours from Mathematics (MTH) courses numbered 133 or higher.

2. Program and Major Requirements


3. Multidisciplinary Studies Major


A. Discipline Area 1


consists of 18 hours selected from an academic discipline, at least 9 of them advanced, in consultation with an advisor.

B. Discipline Area 2


consists of 18 hours selected from an academic discipline, at least 9 of them advanced, in consultation with an advisor.

C. Discipline Area 3


consists of 18 hours selected from an academic discipline, at least 9 of them advanced, in consultation with an advisor.

4. GPA and Grade Requirements


  • Students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher overall.
  • Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in each discipline area of study.
  • Students must earn a grade of C or higher in both AAS 300   and AAS 498 .
  • A grade of at least C in each freshman English course.
  • If required by the Texas Success Initiative, and unless exempted from the Texas Success Initiative, a C in MTH 099  and IRW 099 .
  • A C average in work completed at SFA. These required averages are based on those courses in each category that are included in the student’s official degree plan.

5. Advanced and Residence Requirement


  • A minimum of 42 semester hours of advanced courses (300-499 courses) at least 36 of which must be at SFA.
  • An overall minimum of 42 semester hours of residence work at SFA.

6. Writing Enhanced


Students must complete nine semester hours that follow the Division of Multidisciplinary Program’s  writing-enhanced policy.

7. College of Business Course Limit


Students may not earn more than 30 hours of academic credit from the Nelson Rusche College of Business .

8. Hours needed to total 120


To be discussed with advisor.

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