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Interdisciplinary Studies Degree

Coordinator and Adviser: Ms. Michele Aurand
Office: Centennial Honors College, Malpass Library, Second Floor
Telephone: (309) 298-2586
Fax: (309) 298-2591
E-mail: IDST@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/idst

Under the auspices of the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee, students in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program design and pursue individualized programs of study leading to either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. These students may select courses from several departments, take courses leading to a liberal program of study, or select courses in preparation for certain graduate programs that do not require a specific undergraduate major. Students may also pursue concentrations in Youth Development; Renewable Energy and Biofuels Technology; Renewable Energy and Wind Technology; and Renewable Energy: Policy, Planning, and Management.

The Youth Development Concentration will enable students to develop skills necessary in a broad range of careers in nonprofit youth and human service organizations which seek to assist young people in developing the capacities needed to live a quality life. Professionals in these organizations play pivotal roles in making a difference in the lives of others and in their communities.

The Renewable Energy Concentrations will enable students to develop skills necessary in a broad range of careers in the biofuels industry, wind energy industry, or in developing policy, project planning, and management in a variety of renewable energy industries.

The Interdisciplinary Studies Program is intended to give students transferable skills. Courses articulated in the concentrations or those selected by the student in consultation with their adviser encourage students to think critically, comprehend what they read, communicate orally, and write effectively. In addition, students may enroll in an internship to help them incorporate relevant work-site experiences with academic courses they have taken or plan to take.

Honors Curriculum - Academically qualified students in this program are welcome to complete an honors curriculum in University Honors, Upper Division Honors, or Lower Division Honors. All Honors students must complete the one-hour honors colloquium (G H 299). Lower Division Honors includes General Honors coursework. Upper Division Honors includes honors work in the major. University Honors combines Upper and Lower Division Honors. For more information about honors curricula visit the Centennial Honors College website at www.wiu.edu/Honors

Admission

Admission to the program is by application from students in good standing who have earned at least 24 s.h. of credit. Freshmen who wish to declare Interdisciplinary Studies on entry to the University should contact the Coordinator for application procedures. Students who have earned more than 75 s.h. will be admitted only by exception granted by the Interdisciplinary Studies Committee and only if the student has a grade point average of 2.00 or better. Students admitted by exception must complete at least 24 s.h. of credit after admission to the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

Graduation

To graduate, students are required to: (1) complete 120 s.h.; (2) complete 40 s.h. in courses numbered 300 or above; (3) complete the University's General Education requirements for the B.S. or B.A. degree described below*; (4) have an overall C average by graduation; (5) complete an approved Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) requirement; and (6) complete an approved course of study for the program, no more than 21 s.h. of which may come from an individual WIU department and/or major, and (7) meet additional requirements as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog. Interdisciplinary Studies students may include an approved concentration in their degree plan, which will be shown on the transcript upon successfully completing all degree program requirements.  Minors are not shown on the transcript of an Interdisciplinary Studies student.

*(3)  Complete the University’s General Education requirements for the B.S. or B.A. degree described below.

Students following the Bachelor of Science degree will complete the University General Education Curriculum with the following stipulation:

  • A minimum of 14 s.h. in Natural Sciences and Mathematics to include 8 s.h. of laboratory science, chosen from the University General Education offerings.
  • Students following the Bachelor of Arts degree will complete the University General Education requirements with the following stipulation:
  • A minimum of 15 s.h. in the Humanities, chosen from the University General Education offerings.
    Total. B.S. = 47 s.h.; B.A. = 49 s.h.

Concentrations

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science - Youth Development

All students seeking the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Youth Development must complete I, II, III, and IV. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum:   47 or 49 s.h.
    B.A. - University General Education plus 6 additional s.h. in the Humanities (49)
    B.S. - University General Education to include 8 s.h. of lab science plus 6 additional s.h. in the Natural Sciences/Mathematics category (47)
  2. Concentration courses:  43 s.h.
    HE 440 Sexuality Education in Home, School and Community (3)
    HE 442 Drug Education in the Home, School and Community (3)
    JOUR 329 Fundamentals of Public Relations (3)
    PSY 221 Psychology of Child Development (3)
    PSY 422 Adolescent Development (3)
    RPTA 111 Introduction to Leisure Services (3)
    RPTA 199 Fieldwork in Leisure Services (1)
    RPTA 230 Leadership in Leisure Services (3)
    RPTA 235 Programming Principles and Applications in Leisure Services (3)
    RPTA 270 Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations (3)
    RPTA 322 Administration of Leisure Services (3)
    RPTA 424 Fund Raising and Volunteerism in Leisure Services (3)
    RPTA 470 American Humanics Management Institute (0)
    SOC 425 Juvenile Delinquency (3)
    UNIV 490 Career Internship (6 )
  3. Other:  16 s.h.
    1. Complete an approved WID requirement (3)†
    2. PSY 100, SOC 100, SOC Elective, HE 121, HE 123 (13)

IV.  Open Electives:  12-14 s.h.
To be selected in consultation with the Interdisciplinary Studies adviser and to include a minimum of 7 s.h. of upper division courses

†An approved Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) requirement fulfills the WID graduation requirement.

Bachelor of Science - Renewable Energy and Biofuels Technology

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Renewable Energy and Biofuels Technology must complete I, II, III, and IV. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum:  47 s.h.
    B.S. - University General Education to include 8 s.h. of lab science plus 6 additional s.h. in the Natural Sciences/Mathematics category
  2. Concentration courses:  46 s.h.*
    AGEC 447 Commodities Markets and Futures Trading (3)
    AGTM 461 Surveying and Soil and Water Conservation Engineering (4)
    CHEM 331 Organic Chemistry (5)
    CHEM 332 Organic chemistry II (4)
    ECON 465 Economics of Energy (3)
    ENG 381 Technical Communication (3)†
    GEOG 100 Introduction to Human Geography (3)
    GEOG 208 Cartographic Design for GIS (3)
    MET 345 Quality Engineering (3)
    MET 356 Prime Movers and Power Transfer (3)
    MET 448 Industrial and Construction Occupational Safety and Health (3)
    MICR 200 Introductory Microbiology (4)
    SCM 211 Supply Chain Management (3)
    UNIV 495 Renewable Energy Capstone (2)
  3. Other:  32 s.h.*
    BOT 200; CHEM 201, 202; ECON 231, 232; GEOG 120; MATH 137; MET 105; PHYS 100
  4. Open Electives:  18 s.h.

†ENG 380 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.
*23 s.h. of II and III may count toward the University General Education requirement.

Bachelor of Science-Renewable Energy and Wind Technology

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Renewable Energy and Wind Technology must complete I, II, III, and IV. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum:  47 s.h.
    B.S. - University General Education to include 8 s.h. of lab science plus 6 additional s.h. in the Natural Sciences/Mathematics category
  2. Concentration courses:  46 s.h.*
    AGEC 336 Rural Appraisal (4)
    AGEC 342 Agricultural Law (3)
    AGEC 447 Commodities Markets and Futures Trading (3)
    AGTM 461 Surveying and Soil and Water Conservation Engineering (4)
    ECON 465 Economics of Energy (3)
    ENG 381 Technical Communication (3)†
    FIN 331 Financial Management I (3)
    GEOG 100 Introduction to Human Geography (3)
    GEOG 208 Cartographic Design for GIS (3)
    MET 345 Quality Engineering (3)
    MET 356 Prime Movers and Power Transfer (3)
    MET 385 Digital Logic Industrial Application (3)
    MET 448 Industrial and Construction Occupational Safety and Health (3)
    SCM 211 Supply Chain Management (3)
    UNIV 495 Renewable Energy Capstone (2)
  3. Other:  33 s.h.*
    ACCT 201; AGRI 220; ECON 231, 232; GEOG 120; MET 105, 271; MATH 137; PHYS 114, 115
  4. Open Electives:  17 s.h.

†ENG 380 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.
*23 s.h. of II and III may count toward the University General Education requirement.

Bachelor of Science - Renewable Energy Policy, Planning and Management

All students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Renewable Energy Policy, Planning and Management must complete I, II, III, and IV. The minimum semester hour requirement for the baccalaureate degree is 120 s.h.

  1. University General Education Curriculum:   47 s.h.
    B.S. - University General Education to include 8 s.h. of lab science plus 6 additional s.h. in the Natural Sciences/Mathematics category
  2. Concentration courses:  45 s.h.*
    AGEC 336 Rural Appraisal (4)
    AGEC 342 Agricultural Law (3) OR
    BL 431 The Law of Commercial Transactions (3)
    AGEC 430/ECON 430 Environmental Economics (3)
    AGEC 447 Commodities Markets and Futures Trading (3)
    ECON 465 Economics of Energy (3)
    FIN 331 Financial Management I (3)
    GEOG 100 Introduction to Human Geography (3)|
    GEOG 208 Cartographic Design for GIS (3)
    IS 320 Business Communications (3)†
    JOUR 329 Fundamentals of Public Relations (3)
    MGT 349 Principles of Management (3)
    POLS 302 Introduction to Public Policy (3)
    POLS 393 Environmental Politics (3)
    SOC 345 Rural Social Organization (3)
    UNIV 495 Renewable Energy Capstone (2)
  3. Other:  39 s.h.*
    ACCT 201; AGRI 220; ECON 170, 231, 232; GEOG 120; MET 271; MATH 123 or STAT 171; PHYS 114, 115; POLS 122; SOC 100
  4. Open Electives:  12 s.h.

†IS 320 fulfills the Writing Instruction in the Discipline (WID) graduation requirement.
*23 s.h. of II and III may count toward the University General Education requirement.