B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies

Program Plan of Study and Requirements

The Master of Science in Human Factors (MSHF)

The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program offers students a unique opportunity to design a curriculum that serves their needs and aspirations. This flexible degree, designed in response to global corporate leaders, nurtures critical thinkers who understand the connections between science, technology, and humanity.

The Program requires coursework in general education, a core curriculum, a minor, a specialty area, and open electives. The general education component provides a broad foundation of study, which leads to the core curriculum, focusing on a specialty. Core courses aim to enhance communication and analytical skills, so students gain an understanding of art, literature and history, which shape an appreciation for the humanities. Also, core courses prepare students to discover meaningful links to technology, science and other technical areas -- developing a renaissance education in a global economy.

Interdisciplinary Studies provides freedom for students to choose coursework, which is primarily lodged in the selection of a minor course of study.  It allows students to explore the University’s offerings in search of a scholarly education that will broaden knowledge and worldwide ambitions. In the capstone experience, each student will complete and document program outcomes.  The Capstone Project will illustrate and provide evidence of a well-rounded education to domestic and international employers.  

The flexibility of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program allows students to design their own degree programs, building on their individual strengths and interests. Depending on their choices, graduates can prepare for careers in aviation, aerospace, international business, communication, or other related professions.  In addition, it provides a strong foundation for advanced degrees, graduate studies, or even law school. The Interdisciplinary Studies program seeks students with an entrepreneurial spirit who will cross boundaries, make creative connections, be flexible in a changing career environment, and become leaders in their chosen fields.

This degree program participates in the Air University-Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC Category I).  Students who have completed a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) associates degree are eligible.  CCAF graduates can complete a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies by taking no more than 60 semester hours beyond their CCAF degree.

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies requires successful completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours. Included in the 120 credit hours must be 40 credit hours of upper-division courses (300-400 level). 

General Education Requirements

For a full description of Embry-Riddle General Education guidelines, please see the General Education section of this catalog. These minimum requirements are applicable to all degree programs. 

Communication Theory and Skills9
Lower-Level Humanities3
Lower-Level Social Sciences3
Lower or Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Upper-Level Humanities or Social Sciences3
Computer Science3
Physical and Life Sciences6
Total Credits36
Communication Theory and Skills
Transfer English Composition or take:3
English Composition
Transfer in up to six (6) credit hours of writing, communication or speech courses or take two Speech/English courses6
Lower Level Humanities
Transfer up to three (3) credit hours of 100 or 200 level Humanities courses or take a Humanities course (Lower Level) 3
Lower Level Social Sciences
Transfer up to three (3) credit hours of Lower Level Social Sciences or take a Social Science elective (Lower Level)3
Lower or Upper Level Humanities or Social Sciences
Transfer lower or upper Humanities or Social Sciences credit or select a non-duplicated Humanities or Social Science elective (lower or upper level) 3
Upper Level Humanities or Social Sciences
Transfer up to three (3) credit hours of upper level Humanities or Social Science or take a Humanities or Social Science elective, (Upper Level) *International Relations minor students may be required to take a humanities course to satisfy this requirement. 3
Computer Sciences
Transfer three (3) credit hours of 100 level or above computer science course credit or take:3
Introduction to Computers and Applications
Take six (6) credit hours in a series below or transfer in direct equivalents: 6
College Mathematics for Aviation I
College Mathematics for Aviation II
- OR-
College Algebra
Physical and Life Sciences
Transfer up to six (6) credit hours of physical/life science courses or take one or two Physical and Life Sciences courses (as appropriate to add up to a total of 6 semester hours).6

Core Requirements/Categories

Aviation Foundation
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Aeronautical Science
History of Aviation in America
Transfer up to three (3) additional credit hours of humanities upper or lower -or- take a 3 credit hour upper or lower level Humanities course.3
Management Foundation
Transfer three (3) 100 level or above Management credit hours or choose one Embry-Riddle Management elective.3
Interdisciplinary Research and Skills
Transfer a three (3) credit hour of a 100 level or above Research Methods course or take:3
Introduction to Research Methods
Transfer three (3) credit hours of 100 level or above Statistics course or select one from below:3
Statistics with Aviation Applications
Business Statistics
International Perspectives
Transfer three (3) upper level credit hour Government course or take a three 3 credit hour upper level Government course.3
Philosophical Perspectives
Transfer three (3) credit hours upper level Ethics course or take:3
Values and Ethics
Upper-Level Literature
Transfer three (3) credit hour upper level Humanities or Literature course or take an upper level Humanities or Literature course3
Upper-Level Communication
Transfer three (3) credit hour upper level Communications or English course or select an upper level COMD or ENGL course3
Senior Capstone
BSIS 473Senior Thesis3
Total Core Requirements30

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Available Minors
Students must select one minor field of study. Required credits in each minor vary, depending on the minor(s) chosen. Examples of minors and required credits are shown below but can change. Please consult the Worldwide Minor Courses of Study page for up to date list. Courses taken in minors cannot duplicate (double-counted for) requirements in other areas.
Total Credits (for 1 Minor) 15/21
Specialty Area of related courses can be taken at ERAU or transferred from another college or university.
Open Electives0-24
Open Electives (Any shortages in the required upper level hours will be made up in this area).
Total Degree Credits120
(at least 40 semester hours need to be upper level coursework)