Interdisciplinary Science Major

7035
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7035 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Delivery Mode(s): Classroom Age Restriction: No
Admission Status: Undergraduate Location(s): Main Campus - Melbourne

Because of the increasing importance of science and technology in our daily lives, Florida Tech has recognized the need for an interdisciplinary science major in the sciences that allows a student to enroll in a wide variety of science and engineering courses, supplemented by certain core courses and carefully chosen electives. The most important characteristics of the interdisciplinary science major are it is flexible, tailored to the individual student's needs and emphasizes broad training in science. The graduate will have a well-rounded expertise in science and its place in society, and will have acquired specific tools for his or her career. Because of the freedom to customize the program, most students graduate with one or more minors in addition to the bachelor's degree.

The interdisciplinary science major is intended for students who plan graduate study in professional fields, those who are interested in a broad-based degree oriented toward the sciences or engineering, former science and engineering students who want a degree with wider scope and students seeking military careers.

Graduates normally seek employment opportunities in aerospace, environmental science, medicine and health technology, personnel administration, purchasing, development, management, the military, social work or marketing; in general, a wide variety of positions requiring an interdisciplinary background, as well as opportunities for advanced study, especially in the professional fields.

Because of the great flexibility of the interdisciplinary science major, it is important that a student plan his or her program with an advisor as soon as possible. The student's capstone committee will be composed of those faculty deemed most appropriate to the student's goals and objectives. A committee normally consists of three members, including the advisor.

The basic requirements of the degree are given below, followed by a sample four-year program. The interdisciplinary science courses are chosen by the student to conform to his or her program plan. These courses must have the approval of the student's advisor. Each four year program is tailored to the student's specific needs and developed during the first semester. If the objectives change, modifications of the plan of study will be allowed if approved by the student's advisor. During the final semester, as part of the capstone experience, the student is required to write and present a paper.

Degree Requirements
General (3 credit hours)
  • EDS 1502 Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
    Credit Hours: 0
  • EDS 1503 Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
    Credit Hours: 0
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    (transfer students may substitute one credit of interdisciplinary science)
    Credit Hours: 0
Communication (9 credit hours)
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 0
Select one course:
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 2370 Speech
    Credit Hours: 0
Computer Science (3 credit hours)

     Select one course:

  • CSE 1502 Introduction to Software Development With C++
    Credit Hours: 0
  • CSE 1503 Introduction to Software Development With FORTRAN
    Credit Hours: 0
Humanities (12 credit hours)
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 3351 History of Science and Technology: Ancient and Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • HUM 3352 History of Science and Technology: Renaissance to Present
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Plus one 3-credit HUM course from the humanities core course list.
Mathematics (8 credit hours)
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 0
Interdisciplinary Science (43 credit hours)
  • At least 21 credit hours must be 3000/4000-level courses.
Liberal Arts Electives (12 credit hours)
  • At least six credit hours must be 3000/4000-level courses, and six credit hours in a foreign language.
Physical or Life Science Electives (8 credit hours)
Technical Electives (20 credit hours)
  • At least three credit hours must be 3000/4000-level courses.
Free Electives (6 credit hours)
Capstone Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • Usually completed during the senior year.
Curriculum

The interdisciplinary science curriculum is extremely flexible since many students enter this major after several semesters at Florida Tech. Although program plans are designed on a student-by-student basis to meet individual needs and interests while fulfilling all degree requirements listed above, the following provides a general model that may be followed by students.

Freshman Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 0
  • EDS 1502 Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
    Credit Hours: 0
  • FYE 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Physical/Life Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 0
  • EDS 1503 Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
    Credit Hours: 0
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Physical/Life Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Interdisciplinary Science Courses Credit Hours: 6
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Select one course:
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 0
  • COM 2370 Speech
    Credit Hours: 0
Spring (17 credit hours)
  • Humanities Core Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Interdisciplinary Science Course Credit Hours: 3
  • Restricted Elective (CSE 15xx) Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Electives Credit Hours: 8
Junior Year
Fall (16 credit hours)
  • HUM 3351 History of Science and Technology: Ancient and Medieval
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Interdisciplinary Science Courses Credit Hours: 7
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 credit hours)
  • HUM 3352 History of Science and Technology: Renaissance to Present
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Interdisciplinary Science Courses Credit Hours: 9
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (15 credit hours)
  • Interdisciplinary Science Courses Credit Hours: 9
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (16 credit hours)
  • EDS 4900 Interdisciplinary Science Capstone Seminar
    Credit Hours: 0
  • Interdisciplinary Science Courses Credit Hours: 9
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 125