College of the Sciences
Dean Hall, room 130
See website for how this program may be used for educational and career purposes.
David Darda, Associate Dean, College of the Sciences
Students interested in pursuing an area of scholarly inquiry which falls outside the purview of an established academic department or program of the university may apply for admission to the Individual Studies Program. This academic program offers students an opportunity to develop, under the guidance of faculty advisors, a major which meets their specific needs. Major areas of study are typically interdisciplinary.
Applicants must have completed 60 credit hours of study with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and be in academic good standing for admission. All proposal materials must be submitted to the associate dean of the College of the Sciences at least three quarters prior to anticipated graduation. Proposals are subject to review and approval of an advisory committee which meets quarterly.
List of Degrees
The active programs available include:
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Music
(NOTE: Students seeking a BA degree must complete one year college/university study or two years high school study of a single world language.)
Proposal and Application
Detailed written procedures directing proposal preparation are available at
www.cwu.edu/sciences/individual-studies. The proposal must include an application form with proposed degree title, statement of purpose, a listing of courses comprising the major, an explanation of the primary goals of the major, and support from a faculty advisor. The course of study should include a minimum of 60 credits including at least two separate subject areas; 30 of the credits must be upper division. IS 487, End-of-Program Assessment, must be included in the course of study. No more than 15 credits may overlap with a declared minor or second major.
Students must earn a minimum grade of C- in each course counted toward fulfilling major requirements and the overall GPA in the major must be a 2.5.