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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies
(degree-only concentration)

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies without teacher certification must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

MAT 1023 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. IDS 2113 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

IDS Degree Requirements (39 semester credit hours)

  1. IDS Core Courses (15 semester credit hours):

    IDS  2113  Society and Social Issues
    IDS  3003  STEM in Social Contexts
    IDS  3013  Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences
    IDS  3123  Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts
    IDS  3713  Interdisciplinary Inquiry

  2. Required Courses (14 semester credit hours):

    IDS  2403  Physical Science
    IDS  2413  Earth Systems Science
    IDS  3201  Inquiry in Physical Science
    IDS  3211  Inquiry in Earth Systems Science
    MAT  1153  Essential Elements in Mathematics I
    MAT  1163  Essential Elements in Mathematics II

  3. Area of Specialization (18-24 semester credit hours):

    One area of specialization must be selected by the student seeking the IDS major only concentration. This involves a sequence of courses, with a minimum of 18–24 semester credit hours, including 6 hours at the upper-division level, in one specific area or discipline. The area of specialization should not include coursework in the IDS core or IDS required courses. Assistance in selection is available from the COEHD Advising and Certification Center. Students are encouraged to select their area of specialization as early in their program as possible.

  4. Electives:

    Upper-division courses to complete a minimum total of 120 semester credit hours. Advisors in the COEHD Advising and Certification Center will assist interdisciplinary studies degree-only majors to use their electives to develop a coherent program of study using existing UTSA course offerings.


B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Degree-only Concentration — Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
MAT 1023 College Algebra with Applications (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
American History core   3
Spring
IDS 2113 Society and Social Issues (core and major) 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
American History core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Second Year
Fall
IDS 3013 Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences 3
MAT 1153 Essential Elements in Mathematics I 3
Creative Arts core   3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Life & Physical Sciences core   3
Spring
IDS 2403 or IDS 3234 Physical Science 3
IDS 3201 or IDS 3224 Inquiry in Physical Science 1
MAT 1163 Essential Elements in Mathematics II 3
Area of Specialization course   3
Component Area Option core   3
Upper-division elective   3
Third Year
Fall
IDS 2413 or IDS 3224 Earth Systems Science 3
IDS 3211 or IDS 3224 Inquiry in Earth Systems Science 1
IDS 3123 Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts 3
Area of Specialization course   3
Area of Specialization course   3
Upper-division elective   3
Spring
IDS 3003 STEM in Social Contexts 3
Area of Specialization course   3
Upper-division elective   3
Upper-division elective   3
Upper-division elective   3
Fourth Year
Fall
IDS 3713 Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3
Upper-division Area of Specialization course   3
Upper-division elective   3
Upper-division elective   3
Upper-division elective   3
Spring
Upper-division Area of Specialization course   3
Upper-division elective   3
Upper-division elective   3
Upper-division elective   3
Upper-division elective (to meet 120 hour minimum)   1
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

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