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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. Such specializations may be driven by emerging technical fields or by a student’s desire to have an immersive interdisciplinary experience. While flexible, it is important to note that a student-designed program of study must still have focus, specialization and appropriately selected courses.

Curriculum

The B.S. in ITDE is comprised of a total of 128 credit hours, which includes 66 credit hours of standard components and 62 credit hours of interdisciplinary specialization. The 66 standard credits include:

  • common first-year engineering courses
  • engineering ethics
  • an English/communication course
  • two semesters of senior capstone design
  • three additional math courses beyond first-year courses (from an approved list)
  • 18 credits of undergraduate core curriculum.

How to Apply to ITDE

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. Students who are interested in changing their major to ITDE must not have completed more than 70 percent of their current program of study. Currently, ITDE does not allow external transfer applicants. 

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.