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2014-2015 University Catalog 
2014-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies (BS only)

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About the Program

Interdisciplinary engineering studies (IDES) is for students who want an engineering education but do not plan to practice engineering. The program offers considerable flexibility and permits you to develop an individual plan of study to meet educational goals that require working at the interface between engineering and other disciplines. Established options in the program include pre-medical engineering studies and theater engineering studies.  IDES is not an ABET accredited program plan of study.

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Summary of Program Requirements

The Summary of Program Requirements for Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies  is a comprehensive list of those categories which a student must fulfill in order to earn their degree. Unlike the full Detailed Program Requirements listed below, complete lists of selectives for any given category are not shown. These summaries are intended to be printer-friendly and less expansive in detail.

Detailed Program Requirements

Please see below for detailed program requirements and possible selective fulfillments.

120 Credits for Graduation

Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies Major Courses

(30 credits of 200+ level engineering courses, of which at least 15 credits are 300+ level; MAX credits allowed in any one engineering discipline is 24)


Required Engineering Core (7 credits)

Engineering Selectives - (3-9)


  • Use the link to find out which other courses are applicable.

Statistics counts here if engineering statistics is selected

Credit Hours: 3.00

Count here if used for GE for STS university core, but not double counted for graduation

Engineering Area Elective/Selective courses (17-23 credits)

Other Departmental /Program Course Requirements (41-50 credits)

General Education (24 credits)

NOTE: (includes ENGL 10600  and COM 11400  listed above)

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

IDES/MDE web pages and Advisor are knowledge sources for specific requirements and completion

Program Requirements

14 Credits

16/17 Credits

16 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

16/15 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

15 Credits

Spring 3rd Year

15 Credits

Fall 4th Year

  • Engr elective -300+ level - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Engineering elective if STS not engineering; otherwise,elective†7 - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • GE6 300+ level - Credit Hours: 2.00 or 3.00
  • Engr elective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Area Elective - 300+ level - Credit Hours: 3.00

14/15 Credits

Spring 4th Year

  • †9
  • Engr elective - 300+ level - Credit Hours: 2.00
  • Area elective see - Credit Hours 3.00 †13
  • Area elective - 300+ level - Credit Hours: 3.00 †8
  • Area electives as needed - Credit Hours: 1.00 - 4.00

12-15 Credits

Grand Total = 120 Credits

*Satisfies a University Core Requirement **Satisfies a Non-departmental Major Course Requirement. Multiple options are available - the most common is listed. †1 engr elective - suggested option. May be taken semesters 3-6, †2 STS options. May be taken semesters. 3† May be taken semesters 5,6, 7, or 8. †4 area electives are chosen with aid of adviser to advance the student’s educational objectives. †5 example statistics selective-may be taken semester 8. †6 depends on science & math courses taken. †7 talk to advisor about this concentration, †8 May switch semesters of these electives. †9 Capstone design selective - suggested option.


120 semester credits required for Bachelor of Science degree.

2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree.


Degree Requirements

The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

Degree Works is knowledge source for specific requirements and completion

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program.  For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor:

American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

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