Interdisciplinary Science Major

7035
Bachelor of Science
Classroom
No
Undergraduate
Main Campus - Melbourne
Major Code: 7035 Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science
Age Restriction: N Admission status: undergraduate
Delivery Mode/s: classroom only Location/s: main campus

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)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    (transfer students may substitute one credit of interdisciplinary science)
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • EDS 1502 Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
    Credit Hours: 1
    Acts as the first step in exploring teaching in science or mathematics. Provides early field experience in teaching. Introduces the theory and practice necessary to design and deliver instruction. Requires student to teach at the elementary level in local public school and student teams to present lessons to grades three to five.
    Requirement(s):
    Program chair approval
  • EDS 1503 Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
    Credit Hours: 1
    Acts as second step in exploring teaching in science or mathematics. Covers the middle school environment. Includes inquiry-based lesson analysis, design and assessment. Requires students to be assigned according to interest to a middle school mentor teacher. Includes observation and teaching three quest inquiry-based lessons as part of student team.
Communication (9 credit hours)
Complete:
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
Select one course:
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • COM 2370 Speech
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the concepts and techniques of effective public speaking and small group communication. Students prepare, organize and deliver different kinds of short speeches.
Computer Science (3 credit hours)
Select one course:
  • CSE 1502 Introduction to Software Development With C++
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the stages of software development and practice in using C++. Includes requirement analysis, design and implementation methods, testing procedures and an introduction to certifying program correctness.
    Requirement(s):
    For majors other than computer science. CS majors may only use as Free Elective.
  • CSE 1503 Introduction to Software Development With FORTRAN
    Credit Hours: 3
    Focuses on the stages of software development and practice in using Fortran. Includes requirement analysis, design and implementation methods, testing procedures and an introduction to certifying program correctness.
    Requirement(s):
    For majors other than computer science. CS majors may only use as Free Elective.
Humanities (12 credit hours)
Complete:
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • HUM 3351 History of Science and Technology: Ancient and Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the origins of science in antiquity and the Middle Ages. Includes development of mathematical, physical and biological thought in the ancient and medieval period, and the relationship between science, technology and religion.
  • HUM 3352 History of Science and Technology: Renaissance to Present
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the principal developments in science, mathematics and technology from the Renaissance to the present. Includes scientific revolution, development of modern biology and the relationship between technology and science.
  • Plus one 3-credit HUM course from the humanities core course list.
Mathematics (8 credit hours)
Complete:
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
Interdisciplinary Science (43 credit hours)
Complete:
  • At least 21 credit hours must be 3000/4000-level courses.
Liberal Arts Electives (12 credit hours)
Complete:
  • 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)
Complete:
  • At least three credit hours must be 3000/4000-level courses.
Free Electives (6 credit hours)
Capstone Seminar (1 credit hour)
Complete:
  • 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)
Complete:
  • ASC 1000 University Experience
    Credit Hours: 1
    Helps first-year students adjust to the university and acquire essential academic survival skills (classroom behavior, academic honesty, study skills, etc.) that enhance academic and social integration into college.
  • COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
    Credit Hours: 3
    The first of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on writing essays using various rhetorical modes: persuasion, description, comparison and analysis. Presents basic methods of library research, as well as the MLA documentation system. Students write one research paper and several essays.
    Requirement(s):
    Passing grade on placement exam or prerequisite course
  • EDS 1502 Inquiry Approaches to Teaching
    Credit Hours: 1
    Acts as the first step in exploring teaching in science or mathematics. Provides early field experience in teaching. Introduces the theory and practice necessary to design and deliver instruction. Requires student to teach at the elementary level in local public school and student teams to present lessons to grades three to five.
    Requirement(s):
    Program chair approval
  • MTH 1001 Calculus 1
    Credit Hours: 4
    Functions and graphs, limits and continuity, derivatives of algebraic and trigonometric functions, chain rule; applications to maxima and minima, and to related rates. Exponential logarithmic, circular and hyperbolic functions: their inverses, derivatives and integrals.
    Requirement(s):
    High school algebra and trigonometry, and a passing score on the placement test, or prerequisite course
  • Physical/Life Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • COM 1102 Writing About Literature
    Credit Hours: 3
    The second of two courses in college-level writing skills. Focuses on reading and analyzing poems, plays and short works of fiction. Students write several essays and one research paper on literary topics.
  • EDS 1503 Inquiry-Based Lesson Design
    Credit Hours: 1
    Acts as second step in exploring teaching in science or mathematics. Covers the middle school environment. Includes inquiry-based lesson analysis, design and assessment. Requires students to be assigned according to interest to a middle school mentor teacher. Includes observation and teaching three quest inquiry-based lessons as part of student team.
  • MTH 1002 Calculus 2
    Credit Hours: 4
    Integration and applications of integration, further techniques of integration, improper integrals, limits, l'Hospital's rule, sequences and series, numerical methods, polar coordinates and introductory differential equations.
  • Physical/Life Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Sophomore Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • HUM 2051 Civilization 1: Ancient Through Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces civilization from its early development to the European Renaissance. Emphasizes the interpretation of primary texts that reflect the intellectual and historical changes in society. The first of two interdisciplinary courses.
  • Interdisciplinary Science Courses Credit Hours: 6
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Select one course:
  • COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication
    Credit Hours: 3
    Practice in the technical and scientific writing style and format, including gathering and using data to prepare reports. Includes abstracts, reports, letters, technical descriptions, proposals and at least two oral presentations.
  • COM 2370 Speech
    Credit Hours: 3
    Introduces the concepts and techniques of effective public speaking and small group communication. Students prepare, organize and deliver different kinds of short speeches.
Spring (17 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • 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)
Complete:
  • HUM 3351 History of Science and Technology: Ancient and Medieval
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the origins of science in antiquity and the Middle Ages. Includes development of mathematical, physical and biological thought in the ancient and medieval period, and the relationship between science, technology and religion.
  • Interdisciplinary Science Courses Credit Hours: 7
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Technical Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • HUM 3352 History of Science and Technology: Renaissance to Present
    Credit Hours: 3
    Surveys the principal developments in science, mathematics and technology from the Renaissance to the present. Includes scientific revolution, development of modern biology and the relationship between technology and science.
  • Interdisciplinary Science Courses Credit Hours: 9
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
Senior Year
Fall (15 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • Interdisciplinary Science Courses Credit Hours: 9
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
Spring (16 Credit Hours)
Complete:
  • EDS 4900 Interdisciplinary Science Capstone Seminar
    Credit Hours: 1
    This seminar is part of the capstone experience for a B.S. degree in the interdisciplinary science program. It is taken during the final semester of the program. Students are required to write a paper and present it orally.
    Requirement(s):
    Instructor approval
  • Interdisciplinary Science Courses Credit Hours: 9
  • Free Elective Credit Hours: 3
  • Liberal Arts Elective Credit Hours: 3
Total Credits Required: 125