Interdisciplinary Science Studies
Degree: B.S., General Liberal Arts and Studies
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Interdisciplinary Science Studies is an interdisciplinary major leading to a general liberal arts and sciences (Bachelor of Arts) degree. This major is designed with the idea of creating a program of study that will best prepare a student to become a science educator. While this has been developed for students preparing to enter the teaching profession at the elementary level, it will also provide excellent preparation for those who might be interested in becoming science educators for museums, nature centers, aquariums, zoos, and a number of other fields as well. (Methods, approaches, and practices involved in teaching elementary age children science are provided through Education coursework.) The major, which leads to a general liberal arts and studies (Bachelor of Arts) degree, has been developed to provide students with an in-depth exposure to one area of science, broad exposure to at least one additional area of science, a strong background in mathematics, and exposure to other areas that will strengthen their pedagogy (e.g. engineering/design, museum studies, digital storytelling.)
Course requirements include twenty-one (21) hours from Earth and Environmental Sciences, an eleven (11) or twelve (12) hour, three course building sequence from a second science area (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, or Computer Science). Additional required courses include MATH 120 Quantitative Reasoning for Decision-Making, IDIS 307 How Things Work: Engineering and the Design Process and IDIS 407 Field Project in STEM Education, and CPSC 106 Digital Storytelling.
Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Science Studies major will also take the undergraduate Education coursework required for students enrolled in the 5-year, Master of Science (M.S.) in Elementary Education program.
Interdisciplinary Science Studies Required Courses
|EESC 110||Environmental and Ecological Systems||3|
|EESC 111||Our Dynamic Earth||4|
|or EESC 201||Paleontology|
|EESC 230||Global Environmental Problems||3|
|EESC 240||Field Methods in Environmental Science and Geology||4|
|EESC 340||Energy Resources and Technology||3|
|MATH 120||Quantitative Reasoning for Decision-Making||3|
|CPSC 106||Digital Storytelling||3|
|IDIS 307||How Things Work: Engineering and the Design Process||3|
|IDIS 407||Field Project in STEM Education||4|
|A three-course, building sequence from a second science area (Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics, or Computer Science)||11-12|
Links to Course Descriptions for Disciplines in the Major
General Education Requirements
The general education requirements for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degrees apply to all students who are seeking to earn an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree.
Students seeking a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree have a separate set of BLS general education requirements.
Elective courses are those that are not needed to fulfill a general education requirement or major program requirement but are chosen by the student to complete the 120 credits required for graduation with a B.A./B.S. degree or the BLS degree. These courses may be taken graded or pass/fail (or S/U in the case of physical education and 100-level dance). No student in a regular B.A./B.S. program may count more than 60 credits in a single discipline toward the 120 credits required for graduation.
Total Credits Required for the Degree: 120 credits
Interdisciplinary Science Studies Program
Jodie L. Hayob, Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Pamela R. Grothe, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Debra Hydorn, Department of Mathematics
Ben Odhiambo Kisila, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Sarah A. Morealli, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Marie Sheckels, College of Education
Melanie D. Szulczewski, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Charles E. Whipkey, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Grant R. Woodwell, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences