Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

Complete Coursework: Varies Credit Hours: 120 Tuition: $216 per credit hour. This price includes the administrative fee.

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS) is designed to offer highly motivated and self-directed students the opportunity to design their own major. As an alternative to traditional majors, the BSIS Program allows students to pursue their educational goals in areas not available within existing departmental curricula. Experiential learning is strongly encouraged. Students seeking a double major concurrently with their Interdisciplinary Studies degree or students who have completed a degree and are returning to complete a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies may only apply their general education courses toward additional second program of study. Students will be asked to choose one thematic concentration from the link below for which they must complete 45 hours (36 must be upper level). More themes may be added as they become available.

BSIS Thematic Concentrations (.PDF)

BSIS Thematic Course Schedule (.PDF)

BSIS Textbook Information (.PDF)

State Program Approvals (.PDF)

Course Listing

Program Requirements
These courses must be taken to complete your degree. All students during their first registration term must take Making Connections UC 1013.
UC 1013
Making Connections
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
Required course for all first semester freshmen. Course content is centered around the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful ASU student, including academic performance, problem solving, critical thinking, self-management and group building skills, university policies and other relevant issues. Fall, Spring.
IDS 2013
Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
Introduction to the concept of inter¬disciplinary study, exploration of research and career possibilities for IDS majors, and composition of individualized program of study.
IDS 2023
Introduction to Service Learning
Duration: 14 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
Introduction to principles of service learning and the Social Change Model of Leadership to promote personal learning, social growth, and civic responsibility. Students participate in a community-based project as determined by the instructor of record.
IDS 3023
Advanced Service Learning
Duration: 14 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
Course integrates academic objectives with service experiences to foster student learning, personal and social growth, and civic responsibility. Students establish expectations and responsibilities to address a campus or community need in partnership with the community-based service project. Course theme determined by instructor at time of instruction.
IDS 4013
Seminar in Professional Development
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
Required for all BSIS majors. Must be senior level status to enroll (90 or more earned hours).
IDS 4023
Leadership in the Profession
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
Capstone experience is designed to ensure BSIS graduates synthesize the learning objectives embedded in the BSIS program and gain the necessary skills to be market-ready including professional-level communications and critical thinking skills. The special problems research project is centered on students' emphasis area(s).
IDS 3013
Critical Thinking in the Profession
Duration: 14 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
Exploration of the role of critical thinking in a range of professional settings through reading, writing and communication using technology, professionally-prepared materials, and statistical charts. Basic overview of the research writing process is included.
Communication Requirement
Must have six credit hours of the following courses.
ENG 1003
Composition I
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
Study and practice of fundamentals of written communication, including principles of grammar, punctuation, spelling, organization, and careful analytical reading. Prerequisite, with grade of C or better, for ENG 1013. Fall, Spring.
ENG 1013
Composition II
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
Continues the practice of ENG 1003 to develop further the skills learned in that course. Based on reading and discussion of various types of writing, the students’ essays will provide practice in different kinds of rhetorical development, including research and documentation. Fall, Spring.
Mathematics Requirement
Must have three to four credit hours or any higher level mathematics course for which College Algebra is a prerequisite. The course listed below is the only one offered online through AState at this time. You may also take Math 1054.
MATH 1023
College Algebra
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
Equations and inequalities, functions and graphs, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, systems of equations and inequalities, matrices, and miscellaneous topics. No credit given if taken following MATH 1054. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Arts and Humanities Requirement
Students must complete three courses from this section. At least one must be a fine arts course, one humanities, and one English course. Please note that Intro to the Literature of the Western World I ENG 2003 and Intro to the Literature of the Western World II ENG 2013 are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other Fine Arts courses not offered online are ART 2501, THEA 2503, PHIL 1103.
ENG 2003
Introduction to World Literature I
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from early civilizations through the Renaissance. Fall, Spring.
ENG 2013
Introduction to World Literature II
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
Introduction to the analysis and interpretation of literary works from several historical periods ranging from the Renaissance to the present. Fall, Spring.
MUS 2503
Fine Arts-Musical
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
This course is an introduction to music for the listener who has had no formal training or experience. By exploring the history of Western Art music, learners will begin to connect the development of music with the changing of society and culture.
COMS 1203
Oral Communications
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
The theory and practice of communication in interpersonal, small groups, and public speaking contexts, emphasizing proficiency in message organization, delivery, and critical thinking.
Social Sciences Requirement
Three of the following courses must be completed. At least one course must be selected from HIST 2763, HIST 2773, or POSC 2103. Please note that The United States to 1876 HIST 2763, POSC 2103, Introduction to American Government, and SOC 2213, Introduction to Sociology are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other social science courses that can be taken but not offered online are ECON 2313, ECON 2333, POSC 1003.
HIST 2763
The United States to 1876
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
United States history. Social, economic, and political developments from Columbus to the end of Reconstruction. Fall, Spring, Summer.
POSC 2103
Introduction to U.S. Government
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
American politics. The constitution, government, and politics of the United States.
PSY 2013
Introduction to Psychology
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
Study of the important scientific, principles of individual human behavior from biological, cognitive, social, and behavioral perspectives. Fall, Spring, Summer.
Life Science Requirement
One of the following courses and lab must be completed. Please note that Biological Science BIO 1003 and Laboratory for Biological Science BIO 1001 are offered online through Arkansas State University. Other courses that may be taken but not offered online are BIO 1033, BIO 1063, BIO 2013.
BIO 1003
Biological Science
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
The major characteristics and processes of life emphasizing the human organism. Promotes understanding of diversity and unity among living organisms with focus on ecological interactions and responsibilities of people within their social and natural environment. Lecture three hours per week. Special course fees may apply. Must be taken with BIO 1001.
BIO 1001
Laboratory for Biological Science
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1  |  $216.00
Laboratory, must be taken with BIO 1003. There will be a fee when purchasing the LabKit. Please visit the tuition and fees page for pricing.
Physical Sciences Requirement
PHSC 1203
Physical Science
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3  |  $648.00
The relationship of man to his physical world, content of the course is centered on the development of our modern concepts about matter and energy and how this development is related to the social order of which man is a part. Lecture three hours. This course does not satisfy science certification for secondary school teachers. It is not accepted as a major requirement in any natural science field. Special course fees may apply. To be taken concurrently with PHSC 1201. Prerequisites: MATH 0013 or ACT Mathematics score of 16.
PHSC 1201
Physical Science Lab
Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 1  |  $216.00
Two hours per week. Special course fees may apply. To be taken concurrently with PHSC 1203.
Foreign Language Requirement
Foreign Language 6 hours (courses to be determined)

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