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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4–8 Mathematics/Science Certification Concentration)

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the IDS degree with Grades 4–8 Mathematics/Science certification is 126 hours, 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 with 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 1073 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. BIO 1233 is recommended to satisfy the Level One core requirement in Natural Sciences. IDS 2303 or IDS 2313 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Literature. HIS 1053 and HIS 2053 are recommended to satisfy the core requirement in United States History and Diversity. IDS 2113 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Science. ECO 2003 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Economics.

IDS Degree Requirements (48 semester credit hours)

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

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

  2. IDS Support Courses (33 semester credit hours):

    AST  1013  Introduction to Astronomy
    AST  1031  Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory
    CHE  1103  General Chemistry I
    CHE  1121  General Chemistry I Laboratory
    IDS   2413  Earth Systems Science
    MAT  1093  Precalculus

    MAT  1203  Calculus Concepts and Applications (preferred)
    or
    MAT  1214  Calculus I

    MAT  3103  Data Analysis and Interpretation
    MAT  3123  Fundamentals of Geometry
    MAT  4013  Graphing Calculator Topics
    MAT  4123  History of Mathematics
    PHY  1603  Algebra-based Physics I
    PHY  1611  Algebra-based Physics I Laboratory

Certification Requirements (21 semester credit hours)

EDP  3303  Learning and Development in the Middle School Context (Grades 4–8)
EDU  2103  Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society
ESL  3063  Second Language Acquisition in Early Adolescence
IDS  2013  Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society
SPE  3603  Introduction to Special Education

The following courses require an advisor code and are restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the Teacher Certification Program.

RDG  3523  Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8
RDG  3533  Reading and Writing across the Disciplines-Grades 4-8

Professional Education Requirements (18 semester credit hours)

The following courses require an advisor code and are restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the Teacher Certification Program.

C&I  4433  Approaches to Teaching Science–Grades 4–8
C&I  4443  Approaches to Teaching Mathematics–Grades 4–8
C&I  4603  Mathematics and Science Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–8
C&I  4626  Student Teaching: Grades 4–8
EDP  4203  Assessment and Evaluation


B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Grades 4–8 Mathematics/Science Certification Concentration — Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

YEAR 1
Fall SpringSummer
BIO 1233 (core) 3 HIS 2053 (core) 3IDS 2413 (or IDS 3224) 3
HIS 1053 (core) 3 IDS 2013 3 POL 1013 (core) 3
MAT 1073 (core) 3 IDS 2113 (core and major) 3    
WRC 1013 (core) 3 WRC 1023 (core) 3
Visual & Performing Arts core 3 Natural Sciences Level II core 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 6
YEAR 2
Fall Spring Summer
AST 1013 3 CHE 1103 3 ECO 2003 (core) 3
AST 1031 1 CHE 1121 1 World Society & Issues core 3
IDS 2303 or 2313 (core) 3 EDP 3303 3    
IDS 3003 3 EDU 2103 3
MAT 1093 3 IDS 3013 3
POL 1133 or 1213 (core) 3 MAT 1203 or 1214 3
Total semester hours 16 Total semester hours 16 Total semester hours 6
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program
YEAR 3
Fall Spring
ESL 3063 3 IDS 3713 3
IDS 3123 3 MAT 4013 3
MAT 3103 3 MAT 4123 3
MAT 3123 3 PHY 1603 3
SPE 3603 3 PHY 1611 1
    RDG 3523 3
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 16
YEAR 4
Fall Spring
C&I 4433* 3 C&I 4626 6
C&I 4443* 3    
C&I 4603* 3    
EDP 4203* 3    
RDG 3533* 3    
Total semester hours 15 Total semester hours 6

* Must be taken concurrently.

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