College of the Sciences
Dean Hall, room 130
This academic program provides an opportunity for students to develop, with the assistance of a faculty advisor(s), a unique interdisciplinary program of study. Each program of study must be comprised of a coherent curriculum that supports student’s stated professional and education goals. Individual Studies majors may be assigned the BA or BS degree as deemed appropriate. The Individual Studies designation and the title of the major will be noted on the diploma and the student’s academic transcript (i.e., BS Individual Studies: Aviation Safety).
Applicants must have completed 60 credit hours of study with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and be in academic good standing. 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.
Students wishing to apply to the Individual Studies major must submit a proposal to include an application form with proposed degree title, a statement of purpose, an explanation of the primary learning goals of the major, a listing of courses comprising the major, and support from a faculty liaison. 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. The proposal will be developed under the guidance of a faculty member during the required IS 200 - Introduction to Individual Studies course.
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.
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the range of perspectives and conventions associated with their course of study, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of their program by integrating and applying knowledge across experience and disciplines.
- Demonstrate the ability to craft effective written material relevant to one or more specific learning objectives included in their approved plan of study.
- Analyze facts, concepts, theories, and processes associated with the disciplines under study.
- Report satisfaction with their overall degree program experience.