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Bachelor of Science Degree in Multidisciplinary Science

The Bachelor of Science degree in Multidisciplinary Science (MDS) is designed for future scientists or future secondary science teachers, and gives students broad training across the sciences. The MDS degree, coupled with a concentration at the upper-division level in a single science field (major requirements A and B(2), below), is ideal for future scientists interested in an interdisciplinary approach in science. The MDS degree also offers a composite science certification track through the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD), which is designed to prepare students for a career in teaching secondary school science (major requirements A and B(1), below). Students seeking teacher certification should contact the COEHD Advising and Certification Center as early in their educational program as possible, but no later than their fourth semester of study, for information about certificate requirements and admission procedures. Undergraduates seeking elementary teacher certification must complete the Interdisciplinary Studies degree.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120 hours, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level. All major and support work must be completed with a grade of “C-” or better.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Multidisciplinary Science must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

The core requirements in Mathematics and Life and Physical Sciences are automatically fulfilled in obtaining a B.S. degree in Multidisciplinary Science.

Degree Requirements

  1. 66 semester credit hours of required science courses:

    AST  1013           Introduction to Astronomy
    BIO  1122            Laboratory Investigations in Biology
    BIO  1404            Biosciences I
    BIO  1413            Biosciences II
    BIO  2313            Genetics
    BIO  3283, 3292   Principles of Ecology and Laboratory
    BIO  3323            Evolution
    BIO  3413            Advanced Physiology
    CHE  1103, 1121  General Chemistry I and Laboratory
    CHE  1113, 1131  General Chemistry II and Laboratory
    CHE  3214           Analytical Chemistry
    GEO  1103, 1111  Physical Geologyand Laboratory
    GEO  3004           Rocks, Fossils, and Global Tectonics
    GEO  3163           Oceanography
    MAT  1093           Precalculus
    PHY  3003           Current Research Topics in Physics
    STA  1053           Basic Statistics

    PHY  1603, 1611  Algebra-based Physics I and Laboratory
    PHY  1623, 1631  Algebra-based Physics II and Laboratory
    *PHY  1943, 1951  Physics for Scientists and Engineers I and Laboratory
    *PHY  1963, 1971  Physics for Scientists and Engineers II and Laboratory

    *Note that the prerequisites for Physics for Scientists are Calculus I and II (MAT 1214 and MAT 1224). These can be included among the elective courses in sciences and mathematics.

MDS Degree with Certification (composite science emphasis):

B(1). 21 semester credit hours of electives to satisfy certification requirements:

C&I   4203   Models of Teaching in the Content Areas of the Secondary School
C&I   4646   Student Teaching: Grades 8-12
EDP  3203   Learning and Development in the Secondary School Adolescent
EDP  4203   Assessment and Evaluation
GEM  1011   GEEMS Mathematics/Science I
GEM  1021   GEEMS Mathematics/Science II
GEM  1031   GEEMS Mathematics/Science III
RDG  3773   Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Secondary
MDS Degree without Certification:

B(2). 21 semester credit hours of approved electives in geology, biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, and/or mathematics, including a sufficient number of upper-division hours to meet the UTSA minimum of 39 upper-division hours.

Students seeking an MDS degree as preparation for a graduate degree in science should follow as closely as possible the degree requirements of their chosen science as those courses are most likely to be required by graduate schools in that field. Non-certification-seeking students should, at a minimum, pursue a minor in any one or more science. It is possible through careful planning to achieve a double major in MDS and another science. All MDS students should create a four-year plan through an undergraduate academic advisor as early as possible in their course of study, and continue to check in on a course-by-course basis should those plans change.

Course Sequence Guide for B.S. Degree in Multidisciplinary Science (without teacher certification)

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Multidisciplinary Science degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Sciences Undergraduate Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

B.S. in Multidisciplinary Science - Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
GEO 1103 & GEO 1111 Physical Geology 4
MAT 1093 Precalculus (core and major) 3
STA 1053 Basic Statistics 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
BIO 1122 Laboratory Investigations in Biology 2
BIO 1404 Biosciences I (core and major) 4
CHE 1103
& CHE 1121
General Chemistry I 1 4
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Creative Arts core   3
Second Year
BIO 1413 Biosciences II 3
CHE 1113 & CHE 1131 General Chemistry II 1 4
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture core   3
Social & Behavioral Sciences core   3
BIO 2313 Genetics 3
BIO 3283
& BIO 3292
Principles of Ecology 5
GEO 3163 Oceanography 3
American History core   3
Third Year
AST 1013 Introduction to Astronomy 3
BIO 3323 Evolution 3
CHE 3214 Analytical Chemistry 4
Select one of the following:   4
PHY 1603
& PHY 1611
Algebra-based Physics I 4
PHY 1943
& PHY 1951
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
GEO 3004 Rocks, Fossils, and Global Tectonics 4
Approved elective **   3
Approved elective **   3
Select one of the following:   4
PHY 1623
& PHY 1631
Algebra-based Physics II 4
PHY 1963
& PHY 1971
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
Fourth Year
PHY 3003 Current Research Topics in Physics 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
American History core   3
Approved elective **   3
Approved elective **   3
BIO 3413 Advanced Physiology 3
Approved elective **   3
Approved elective **   3
Approved elective **   3
Component Area Option core   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* These laboratory courses include a lecture component as indicated on the University Schedule of Classes.

** Approved Electives in BIO, CHE, GEO, PHY, ES, and/or MAT.

Note: Some courses are only offered once a year; Fall or Spring. Check with the Department of Geological Sciences for scheduling of courses.

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