Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 
    Mar 24, 2019  
Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Interdisciplinary Studies/General Science with Childhood Education Certification

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Hegis Code 4901


Majors are available in biology, chemistry, and general science for elementary education students (See General Science  under Interdisciplinary Studies ). Programs are available in Pre-Physical Therapy/Biology  Pre-Physical Therapy/Psychology  and pre-podiatry  . Please refer to each of these majors or programs under the appropriate heading in the catalog.

Interdisciplinary Studies

A student who wishes to pursue a specific topic or theme that crosses disciplinary lines and for which there is no formal major at the college may choose to major in interdisciplinary studies. Any topic for which there are sufficient courses in the catalog to meet the requirements of the major may form the basis for an interdisciplinary major.

The interdisciplinary studies major shall consist of no fewer than 33 and no more than 48 credits. These credits shall be distributed in at least two and not more than three academic areas. There shall be no fewer than 9 credits in any area included in the major and 12 credits shall be at the upper-division level.

Aside from completing requirements for the major, students shall earn 39 credits of general education course requirements, as required for the degree and shall choose electives from other academic areas, so that the total number of credits earned will be at least 120.

Once a student decides to pursue this major, he/she contacts or is referred to the adviser for interdisciplinary studies. Under advisement, the student will design a major plan of courses for a major and for electives. This plan may include as many as 9 credits in life experience toward the major area.

The plan will then be presented to the division chairs or representatives of selected major disciplines for their approval.

The student should retain one copy of the major plan; one will be given to the adviser; and one will be forwarded to the Office of the Registrar.

The concentrations that follow represent established models of interdisciplinary study. They are not meant to be inclusive. In consultation with the adviser for interdisciplinary studies, the student may develop an interdisciplinary studies program with concentrations tailored to his/her interests and career aspirations.

General Science Concentration

The Interdisciplinary Science major was designed to provide a broad background in science for those students interested in teaching at the elementary level. Elementary teachers are expected to teach a broad spectrum of science topics including biology, chemistry, physics and earth science. Course work in each of these disciplines is included as part of the major. Students who complete this major will also be prepared to serve as science coordinators at the elementary level.

Students who are majoring in general science are assigned two advisors: one from the Division of Natural Science and one from the Division of Education.

Program Requirements for the Interdisciplinary-General Science Major

One year of Biological Principles

One year of Chemical Principles

Plus: Choose an option

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

Directed, but non-major courses


* Twelve (12) credits of upper level science courses must be completed at MSMC.

Recommended Course Sequence







Note on the Natural Science Seminars

NOTE: The required Natural Science Seminars BIO 3910, BIO 3920, and BIO 4900 are cross listed at CHM 3910, CHM 3920, and CHM 4900.




  •  PHL/REL Foundation
  • Art or Music Elective
  • Social Sciences Course
  • 10 hours of field work

Total: 125 or (126)


The above is a recommended sequence and some care must be taken in scheduling upper level courses since they are not offered every year.

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