Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS)

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree is designed for students who are interested in teaching either Early Childhood through grade 6 (EC-6) or grades 4 through grade 8 (4-8). Completion of the BSIS requirements outlined below for the BSIS degree leading to EC6/ESL/Special Education Certification will simultaneously prepare teacher candidates for English As a Second Language (ESL) and Special Education certification exams. For a suggested course of study please see a School of Education advisor. Degree requirements are as follows:

Admission Requirements for All Certification Areas

  1. Attend Phase I Orientation
  2. An acceptable score on the THEA (Texas Higher Education Assessment) or Accuplacer. The THEA test is designed to determine if students possess the basic skills in reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics necessary for university courses. Contact School of Education Advising Office for other acceptable exams.
  3. Application for a degree plan filed with the appropriate academic department (for secondary and all-level certification students) or with the School of Education (BSIS majors). Post-baccalaureate students must have a post-baccalaureate certification plan;
  4. Payment of the administrative fee as indicated on a receipt from the cashier's office;
  5. Completion of a minimum of 48 semester credit hrs. on the degree plan with a minimum cumulative 2.5 grade point average.
  6. Submission of evidence dated within the last calendar year that the student is free of tuberculosis.
  7. Complete an admission application.
  8. Complete a successful admission interview.
  9. Print, sign, and submit the Handbook Agreement form.

Degree Requirements

  1. Completion of all course requirements leading to the BSIS degree with a "C" or better and a final cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
  2. Completion of the University's 44-hour Core Curriculum requirements:

ENGL 1301: Grammar and Composition I

ENGL 1302: Grammar and Composition II

MATH 1350: Concepts of Modern Mathematics I

MATH 1351: Concepts of Modern Mathematics II

Life Science (must include lab)

Physical Science (must include lab)

World or European Literature

SPCM 1315: Fundamentals of Speech

Visual and Performing Arts

HIST 1301: United States History I

HIST 1302: United States History II

POLS 2305: Intro. American Government

POLS 2306: Introductory Texas Politics

Geography