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Note: The program plan below shows a correction to the 2014–2015 University Catalog: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching (EDS 1502) and Inquiry-Based Lesson Design (EDS 1503) have replaced two credits of Technical Electives. The total credits required remain the same.

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Science

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) CREDITS
ASC 1000 University Experience (transfer students may substitute one credit of interdisciplinary science) 1
EDS 1502 Inquiry Approaches to Teaching 1
EDS 1503 Inquiry-Based Lesson Design 1

  

Communication (9 credit hours) CREDITS
COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
COM 1102 Writing About Literature 3
COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication or COM 2370 Speech 3

  

Computer Science (3 credit hours) CREDITS
CSE 1502 Introduction to Software Development/C++ or CSE 1503 Introduction to Software Development/FORTRAN (CL) 3

  

Humanities (12 credit hours) CREDITS
HUM 2051 Civilization 1   3  
HUM 3351 History of Science and Technology 1 3
HUM 3352 History of Science and Technology 2 3
   Plus one 3-credit HUM course from the humanities core course list. 3

  

Mathematics (8 credit hours) CREDITS
MTH 1001 Calculus 1 4
MTH 1002 Calculus 2 4

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 3 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 typically 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 CREDITS
ASC 1000 University Experience 1
COM 1101 Composition and Rhetoric 3
EDS 1502 Inquiry Approaches to Teaching 1
MTH 1001 Calculus 1 4
   Physical/Life Science Elective 4
   Technical Elective 3
     16

  

SPRING CREDITS
COM 1102 Writing About Literature 3
EDS 1503 Inquiry-Based Lesson Design 1
MTH 1002 Calculus 2 4
   Physical/Life Science Electives 4
   Technical Elective 3
     15

Sophomore Year

FALL CREDITS
COM 2223 Scientific and Technical Communication or COM 2370 Speech 3
HUM 2051 Civilization 1 3
   Interdisciplinary Science Courses 6
   Technical Elective 3
     15

  

SPRING CREDITS
   Humanities Core Course*
3
   Interdisciplinary Science Course 3
   Restricted Elective (CSE 15xx)
3
   Technical Electives 8
     17

Junior Year

FALL CREDITS
HUM 3351 History of Science and Technology: Ancient and Medieval
3
   Interdisciplinary Science Courses 7
   Liberal Arts Elective 3
   Technical Elective 3
     16

  

SPRING CREDITS
HUM 3352 History of Science and Technology: Renaissance to Present
3
   Interdisciplinary Science Courses 9
   Liberal Arts Elective 3
     15

Senior Year

FALL CREDITS
   Interdisciplinary Science Courses   9
   Free Elective 3
   Liberal Arts Elective 3
     15

  

SPRING CREDITS
EDS 4900 Capstone Seminar 1
   Interdisciplinary Science Courses 9
   Free Elective 3
   Liberal Arts Elective 3
     16

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED 125

*Humanities Core Courses
HUM 2052 Civilization 2: Renaissance Through Modern  
HUM 2142   World Art History 2: Early Modern to Post-Colonial  
HUM 2212   British and American Literature 1  
HUM 2213   British and American Literature 2  
HUM 2331   American History: Pre-Columbian to Civil War Era  
HUM 2332   American History: From Reconstruction to the Present  

Not all humanities core courses are offered online or every term; check the current schedule of classes for humanities core options.