Student-Designed Program of Study

Students who wish to design their own program of study to achieve a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in interdisciplinary engineering (ITDE) are able to graduate with a unique skill set that does not exist in another degree program. While flexible, it is important to note that a student-designed program of study must still have focus, specialization and appropriately selected courses.

All B.S. degreesin ITDE degrees must complete 128 credit hours and satisfy the same basic 66 core credits. These core credits are comprised of the following: 

Core Component Credit Hours
27 credit hours of the common engineering first-year curriculum.  N.B.: 18 of these credit hours also satisfy elements of the University Core Curriculum. 27
ENGR 482 Ethics and Engineering.  N.B.: These 3 credit hours also satisfy an element of the University Core Curriculum. 3
COMM 205 or ENGL 210.  N.B.: These 3 credit hours satisfy an element of the University Core Curriculum. 3
6 credit hours of 401 and 402 senior design.  This will commonly be done through ENGR 401 Interdisciplinary Design and ENGR 402 Interdisciplinary Design II. 6
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics, MATH 308 Differential Equations, MATH 304 Linear Algebra or MATH 323 Linear Algebra or MATH 311 Topics in Applied Mathematics I or MATH 401 Advanced Engineering Mathematics. 9
18 credit hours of University Core Curriculum to satisfy Creative Arts (3), American History (6), Government and Political Science (6), Social and Behavioral Sciences (3).  N.B.: 42 credit hours of University Core Curriculum are required but 24 of these credit hours are satisfied through engineering course requirements [see items (a) and (b)] and item (c).   18
Total Semester Credit Hours 66

The remaining 62 credit hours must be satisfied with courses that complete a unique specialization that could not be satisfied with an existing degree program. At most, 30 of these credits must come from a single existing degree program. Likewise, 40 to 50 credits of the total curriculum should be comprised of 3XX and 4XX-level courses.  Finally, prerequisites of courses must be satisfied or specially waived (exceptions can be made within the department for which the course is taken). Students must also ensure they satisfy other university requirements, including a minimum of two writing-intensive (W) courses or one communication-intensive (C) course and one writing-intensive course (W), and 6 credit hours of International and Cultural Diversity (ICD) courses. Note: ENGR 482 or ANTHRO 360 (required courses) qualify as W courses. ICD courses may also be satisfied with certain undergraduate core curriculum courses.

Students interested in designing unique programs of study should consider the following before meeting with the director of ITDE:

  1. What is the student's education interest?
  2. Which specific courses can the student take to ensure 30, at most, of the specialized credit hours come from a single existing program?
  3. Which specific courses can the student take to ensure 40 to 50 credits of the total curriculum are 3XX and 4XX level courses with all prerequisites satisfied and at least one course that satisfies a W or C requirement?

Students interested in designing their own program of study may engage the director of ITDE at any time, but preferably at least three weeks before the entry-to-a-major application deadline. Programs of study should be designed by the student (with input from the director of ITDE) and approved by the ITDE Advisory Committee prior to the student entering ITDE as a degree preference on the entry-to-a-major application.