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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Grades 4–8 Mathematics/Science Certification Concentration)

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for the IDS degree with Grades 4–8 Mathematics/Science certification is 120 hours, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with teacher certification must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

MAT 1023 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Mathematics. BIO 1233 and BIO 1243 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Life and Natural Sciences. All IDS majors must complete AIS 1203, and either AAS 2013 or MAS 2013 is recommended to satisfy the core requirements in Language, Philosophy and Culture. HIS 2053 is recommended to satisfy a core requirement in American History. IDS 2113 should be used to satisfy the core requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences. MAS 2023 is recommended to satisfy the core requirement in Creative Arts. COM 2113 is recommended to satisfy the Component Area Option.

IDS Degree Requirements (42 semester credit hours)

  1. IDS Core Courses (15 semester credit hours):

    IDS  2113  Society and Social Issues
    IDS  3003  STEM in Social Contexts
    IDS  3013  Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences
    IDS  3123  Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts
    IDS  3713  Interdisciplinary Inquiry

  2. IDS Support Courses (27 semester credit hours):

    CHE  1103  General Chemistry I
    CHE  1121  General Chemistry I Laboratory
    IDS   2403  Physical Science or IDS   3234
    IDS   2413  Earth Systems Science or IDS   3224
    MAT  1093  Precalculus
    MAT  1214  Calculus I
    MAT  3103  Data Analysis and Interpretation
    MAT  3123  Fundamentals of Geometry
    PHY  1603  Algebra-based Physics I
    PHY  1611  Algebra-based Physics I Laboratory

Certification Requirements (21 semester credit hours)

EDP  3303  Learning and Development in the Middle School Context (Grades 4–8)
ESL  3063  Second Language Acquisition and Early Adolescence
IDS  2013  Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society
SPE  3603  Introduction to Special Education
RDG  3523  Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8
EDP  4203  Assessment and Evaluation

The following course requires an advisor code and is restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the Teacher Certification Program.

RDG  3533  Reading and Writing across the Disciplines-Grades 4-8

Professional Education Requirements (18 semester credit hours)

The following courses require an advisor code and are restricted to students who have applied for and been accepted into the Teacher Certification Program.

C&I  4433  Approaches to Teaching Science–Grades 4–8
C&I  4443  Approaches to Teaching Mathematics–Grades 4–8
C&I  4603  Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–8
C&I  4623  Applied Teaching: Grades 4-8
C&I  4626  Student Teaching: Grades 4–8

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Grades 4–8 Mathematics/Science Certification Concentration — Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
MAT 1023 College Algebra with Applications (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
American History Core (HIS 1053 recommended)   3
Life & Physical Sciences Core (BIO 1233 recommended)   3
CHE 1033 Chemistry in Our Daily Lives: A Pathway (core) 3
IDS 2013 Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society 3
MAT 1093 Precalculus 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
American History Core (HIS 2053 recommended)   3
IDS 2403 or IDS 3234 Physical Science 3
IDS 2413 or IDS 3224 Earth Systems Science 3
Second Year
EDU 2103 Social Foundations for Education in a Diverse U.S. Society 3
IDS 2113 Society and Social Issues (core and major) 3
MAT 1214 Calculus I 4
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Language Philosphy & Culture Core   3
IDS 3013 Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences 3
MAT 3123 Fundamentals of Geometry 3
PHY 1603
& PHY 1611
Algebra-based Physics I 4
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Creative Arts Core   3
Component Area Option Core   3
Third Year
Admission to the Teacher Certification Program  
EDP 3303 Learning and Development in the Middle School Context (Grades 4–8) 3
IDS 3003 STEM in Social Contexts 3
IDS 3123 Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts 3
IDS 3201 or IDS 3211 Inquiry in Physical Science (if IDS 2403 and IDS 2413 were taken) 1
MAT 3103 Data Analysis and Interpretation 3
EDP 4203 Assessment and Evaluation 1 3
ESL 3063 Second Language Acquisition in Early Adolescence 3
IDS 3713 Interdisciplinary Inquiry 3
RDG 3523 Reading for Teachers–Grades 4–8 3
SPE 3603 Introduction to Special Education 3
Fourth Year
C&I 4433 Approaches to Teaching Science–Grades 4–8*, ** 3
C&I 4443 Approaches to Teaching Mathematics–Grades 4–8*, ** 3
C&I 4603 Mathematics and Science Approaches and Classroom Management Strategies–Grades 4–8*, ** 3
C&I 4623 Applied Teaching: Grades 4-8*, ** 3
RDG 3533 Reading and Writing Across the Disciplines–Grades 4–8*, ** 3
C&I 4626 Student Teaching: Grades 4–8 *** 6
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* Admission to the Teacher Certification Program is required.

** Must be taken concurrently.

*** A grade of "C-" or better is required to be recommended for the Teacher Certificate.

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