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The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies is designed for the student who has a variety of interests, or has perhaps examined multiple degree programs and discovered that several hold appeal. Embry-Riddle’s bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies is for students who want options and recognize the value in pursuing their varied interests.
Being a student at ERAU grants students access to state-of-the-art labs, cutting-edge technology along with dedicated, experienced professors.
Globally recognized, Embry-Riddle will open many doors toward internships, careers, and networking opportunities.
Depending on how students structure their Interdisciplinary Studies degree, they are provided the opportunity to gain the academic experiences and practical, hands-on learning necessary to compete for the most coveted positions with leading employers.
About Interdisciplinary Studies at the Worldwide & Online Campus
The B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies degree program at our Worldwide & Online Campus offers students a unique opportunity to design a curriculum that serves their needs and aspirations.
This flexible degree, designed in response to appeals from global corporate leaders, nurtures critical thinkers who understand the connections between science, technology, and humanity.
The flexibility of the program allows students to design their own degree programs, building on their individual strengths and interests. Depending on their choices, graduates can prepare for careers in aviation, aerospace, international business, communication, or other related professions. Graduates also emerge with a strong foundation for advanced degrees, graduate studies, or even law school.
This degree program participates in the Air University-Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC Category I). Students who have completed a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) associates degree are eligible.
CCAF graduates can complete a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies by taking no more than 60 semester hours beyond their CCAF degree.
The program requires course work in general education, a core curriculum, a minor, a specialty area, and open electives. The general education component provides a broad foundation of study, which leads to the core curriculum, focusing on a specialty.
Core courses aim to enhance communication and analytical skills, so students gain an understanding of art, literature, and history, which shapes an appreciation for the humanities.
Interdisciplinary Studies provides freedom for students to choose course work, which is primarily lodged in the selection of a minor course of study. Students are able to explore ERAU’s offerings in search of a scholarly education that will broaden their knowledge and worldwide ambitions.
In the capstone experience, each student will complete and document program outcomes. The Capstone Project will illustrate and provide evidence of a well-rounded education to domestic and international employers.
The program seeks students with an entrepreneurial spirit who will cross boundaries, make creative connections, be flexible in a changing career environment, and become leaders in their chosen fields.
At ERAU’s Worldwide & Online Campus, classes are taken online, at the student’s choice of place and time.
For students who choose to pursue their master’s degree, a 4+1 degree option is available.
Program Plan of Study and Requirements
The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS) degree program offers students a unique opportunity to transfer previously earned University and Joint Services Transcripted credit by custom designing a plan of study that serves your needs and aspirations. This flexible degree program, unique to Embry-Riddle, is designed for first-time-in college students and students with previous academic and/or military credit who desire to study more than one academic discipline. BSIS students, minoring in Cybersecurity Application & Management, Homeland Security or Emergency Services are also eligible to participate in multiple BSIS 4+1 degree program options with the M.S. in Cybersecurity Management and Policy (MSCMP) or M.S. in Human Security and Resilience (MSHSR) degree programs. BSIS 4+1 degree program options create new opportunities for students to participate in an advanced graduate program and the Military Science minor allows students to transfer previously earned, upper-level, American Council on Education recommended military training credit.
The Program requires coursework in general education, a core curriculum, a minor, a specialty area, and open electives. The general education component provides a broad foundation of study, which leads to the core curriculum, focusing on a specialty. Core courses aim to enhance communication and analytical skills, so students gain an understanding of art, literature and history, which shape an appreciation for the humanities. Also, core courses prepare students to discover meaningful links to technology, science and other technical areas -- developing a renaissance education in a global economy.
Interdisciplinary Studies provides freedom for students to choose coursework, which is primarily lodged in the selection of a minor course of study. It allows students to explore the University’s offerings in search of a scholarly education that will broaden knowledge and worldwide ambitions. In the capstone experience, each student will complete and document program outcomes. The Capstone Project will illustrate and provide evidence of a well-rounded education to domestic and international employers.
The flexibility of the Interdisciplinary Studies degree program allows students to build on individual strengths and interests. Depending on your choices, graduates can prepare for careers in federal or civilian aviation or aerospace, management, engineering sciences, environmental sciences, communications, mathematics, or other related professions. In addition, Interdisciplinary Studies provides a strong foundation for advanced degrees. The Interdisciplinary Studies degree program seeks students with an entrepreneurial spirit who will cross boundaries, make creative connections, be flexible in a changing career environment, and become leaders in chosen fields.
This degree program participates in the Air University-Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC Category I). Students who have completed a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) associates degree are eligible. CCAF graduates can complete a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies by taking no more than 60 semester hours beyond their CCAF degree.
B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies students who wish to continue on to a master's degree may enroll in the BSIS 4+1 to M.S. in Cybersecurity Management and Policy (MSCMP) or M.S. in Human Security and Resilience (MSHSR) degree program option.
In addition, BSIS students are also eligible to minor in Military Science.
The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. Included in the 120 credit hours must be 40 credit hours of upper-division courses (300-400 level).
General Education Requirements
For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs.
|Communication Theory and Skills||9|
|Lower-Level Social Sciences||3|
|Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences||3|
|Physical and Life Sciences||6|
|Communication Theory and Skills|
|Transfer English Composition or take:||3|
|Transfer in up to six (6) credit hours of writing, communication or speech courses or take two Speech/English courses||6|
|Lower Level Humanities|
|Transfer up to three (3) credit hours of 100 or 200 level Humanities courses or take a Humanities course (Lower Level)||3|
|Lower Level Social Sciences|
|Transfer up to three (3) credit hours of Lower Level Social Sciences or take a Social Science elective (Lower Level)||3|
|Lower or Upper Level Humanities or Social Sciences|
|Transfer lower or upper Humanities or Social Sciences credit or select a non-duplicated Humanities or Social Science elective (lower or upper level)||3|
|Upper Level Humanities or Social Sciences|
|Transfer up to three (3) credit hours of upper level Humanities or Social Science or take a Humanities or Social Science elective, (Upper Level) *International Relations minor students may be required to take a humanities course to satisfy this requirement.||3|
|Transfer three (3) credit hours of 100 level or above computer science course credit or take one of the following courses to satisfy Computer Science requirements. The course used to satisfy the General Education Computer Science requirement cannot also be used to satisfy a Core/Major or Minor requirement:||3|
|Introduction to Computers and Applications|
|Introduction to Computing for Data Analysis|
|Computer and Network Technologies|
|Take six (6) credit hours from any MATH series courses (excluding MATH 106) or transfer in direct equivalents.||6|
|Physical and Life Sciences|
|Transfer up to six (6) credit hours of physical/life science courses or take one or two Physical and Life Sciences courses (as appropriate to add up to a total of 6 semester hours).||6|
Core Requirements / Categories
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Aeronautical Science|
|History of Aviation in America|
|Transfer up to three (3) additional credit hours of humanities upper or lower -or- take a 3 credit hour upper or lower level Humanities course.||3|
|Transfer three (3) 100 level or above Management credit hours or choose one Embry-Riddle Management elective.||3|
|Interdisciplinary Research and Skills|
|Transfer a three (3) credit hour of a 100 level or above Research Methods course or take:||3|
|Introduction to Research Methods|
|Transfer three (3) credit hours of 100 level or above Statistics course or select one from below:||3|
|Statistics with Aviation Applications|
|Transfer three (3) upper level credit hour Government course or take a three 3 credit hour upper level Government course.||3|
|Transfer three (3) credit hours upper level Ethics course or take:||3|
|Values and Ethics|
|Transfer three (3) credit hour upper level Humanities or Literature course or take an upper level Humanities or Literature course||3|
|Transfer three (3) credit hour upper level Communications or English course or select an upper level COMD or ENGL course||3|
|BSIS 473||Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone||3|
|Total Core Requirements||30|
The Military Science minor is available exclusively to BSIS students. BSIS students must select one minor field of study. Required credits in each minor vary, depending on the minor(s) chosen. Examples of minors and required credits are shown below but can change. Please consult the Worldwide Minor Courses of Study page for up to date list. Courses taken in minors cannot duplicate (double-counted for) requirements in other areas.
|Total Credits (for 1 Minor)||15/21|
|Specialty Area of related courses can be taken at ERAU or transferred from another college or university.|
|Open Electives (Any shortages in the required upper level hours will be made up in this area).|
|Total Degree Credits||120|
|(at least 40 semester hours need to be upper level coursework)|
BSIS to MSCMP or MSHSR 4+1 Program: A Unique Opportunity
Students who are accepted into the 4+1 program, spend three academic years in undergraduate-level study, minoring in Cybersecurity, Homeland Security or Emergency Services and then, at the beginning of their senior year (having earned at least 88 credit hours with a 3.00 CGPA), will take up to three graduate-level courses that will meet undergraduate and graduate program requirements (when a B grade or better is achieved). Upon completion of the BSIS requirements, students will be enrolled in graduate school and can complete their MSCMP or MSHSR degree in one year. In any graduate course taken by an undergraduate student, a grade of B or better must be earned. If a grade of C or F is earned in any of the MSCMP or MSHSR graduate courses taken for BSIS credit, the student will be removed from the 4+1 program, have credit awarded to the BSIS degree only, and may continue to complete the BSIS degree.
Students initiate program acceptance through their Academic Advisor or Campus Advisor; to help ensure program criteria are met. Student Advisor will complete the request for processing into the 4+1 program.
Minnesota student residents refer to State of Minnesota Course Requirement statement for Humanities requirements.
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