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Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Course Descriptions

Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching,
College of Education and Human Development


IDS 2013  Introduction to Learning and Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Society
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
Introductory course for all prospective teachers. This course is designed to help students understand the complexity of K–12 teaching in our contemporary society. Students will examine the history, policies and practices that have shaped schooling in the United States. Contemporary dilemmas of equity, the achievement gap, and other marginalizing practices will be considered to better understand the culture of schooling and classrooms, and the complex role of the teacher. Emphasis will be on, but not limited to, students as learners, curriculum standards and assessment, effective teaching practices for diverse learners, professionalism, and the sociopolitical challenges confronting today’s teachers. Field experience required.

IDS 2083  Technology for Learning and Teaching
(3-1) 3 hours credit.
This course focuses on integrating instructional technology into learning and teaching environments. Students will investigate theoretical and practical issues surrounding the use of instructional technologies. Participants will gain practical experience in curriculum planning that takes specific advantage of technology to enhance and extend learning. Course requirements are aligned with national and state technology standards.

IDS 2113  Society and Social Issues
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
This course explores contemporary social issues resulting from modern globalization and transnationalism from diverse disciplinary perspectives. Students investigate data and relate scholarship to understand the nature of global changes, as well as their impact on the world's people and global societies. Personal and social responsibility in relation to social issues will be explored through a variety of global, national, regional, and community-based topics. Students will be expected to synthesize disciplinary studies and demonstrate their connections of global issues to local contexts through written, oral, and visual representations. May be applied toward the Core Curriculum requirement in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

IDS 2403  Physical Science
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements.
Study of fundamental laws that govern the universe, including mechanics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, and quantum theory, and how these relate to physics and chemistry. Topics will include but not be limited to: basic scientific problem-solving techniques, fundamental forces; energy and how it is conserved and transformed; matter; atomic structure; and chemical interactions. (Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 2403 and IDS 3234.)

IDS 2413  Earth Systems Science
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements.
This course provides a look at the Earth system as a whole. Emphasis will be on the interrelationships between biological, geological, hydrological, climatological, and human systems on local, continental and global scales. The interactions between the hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, and lithosphere that together make up the Earth system will be studied. This interdisciplinary view of our planet highlights the manner in which all systems of the Earth control or influence each other. (Formerly IDS 3213. Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 2413 and IDS 3213. Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 2413 and IDS 3224.)

IDS 3003  STEM in Social Contexts
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IDS 2113, WRC 1013 and WRC 1023.
An exploration of inquiry in STEM fields and how it is situated in local and global sociocultural contexts across time. This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to studying the nature of inquiry, knowledge, and theory development, as well as the mutual relationships between STEM fields and social contexts. (Formerly titled “Science and Humanity.”)

IDS 3013  Diversity, Equity, and the Social Sciences
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: IDS 2113.
An exploration of knowledge, and the construction of knowledge, in the social sciences. The course emphasizes an in-depth inquiry of diversity and equity, critical reflection and discourse, as well as individual, social, and civic responsibility and action.

IDS 3123  Culture, Literature, and Fine Arts
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IDS 2113, WRC 1013, and WRC 1023.
An interdisciplinary study of local and global cultures through diverse genres, including investigation of cultural expressions across literature and the arts, music, film and other forms of popular culture. This course, addressing both historical and contemporary genres, will foster interdisciplinary inquiry, knowledge of primary sources, theory development, and critical reflection and analysis of identities and their representations.

IDS 3201  Inquiry in Physical Science
(0-3) 1 hour credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements.
Hands-on experimental inquiry with standard laboratory tools and techniques in the fields of physics and chemistry. Major themes include energy, forces, and atomic and subatomic interactions. (Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 3201 and IDS 3234.)

IDS 3211  Inquiry in Earth Systems Science
(0-3) 1 hour credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements.
Course familiarizes students with laboratory and field tools, techniques, and safety issues and allows them to form a better understanding of major topics in Earth systems science, especially in the areas of hydrology, soils, atmosphere, land cover, and GPS. Students will participate in scientific inquiry investigations of the Earth’s systems and components. (Credit cannot be earned for both IDS 3211 and IDS 3224.) (Formerly titled "Advanced Earth Systems Science Laboratory.")

IDS 3224  Earth Systems Science Investigations
(2-4) 4 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements.
Integrated online lecture and laboratory course that provides a look at the Earth system as a whole. Emphasis will be on the interrelationships between biological, geological, hydrological, and human systems on local, continental and global scales. The interactions between the hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and lithosphere that together make up the Earth system will be studied. This interdisciplinary view of our planet highlights the manner in which all systems of the Earth influence each other. Credit for IDS 3224 is equivalent to credit for both IDS 2413 and IDS 3211. Credit cannot be earned for IDS 2413 (or IDS 3213) and IDS 3211 if this course is taken.

IDS 3234  Investigations in Physical Science
(2-4) 4 hours credit. Prerequisites: Completion of Mathematics and Science Core Curriculum requirements.
Integrated online lecture and laboratory course that provides learners with varied opportunities to build an understanding of intricate relationships commonly addressed in the fields of physics and chemistry, and to evaluate these relationships as a holistic system. Explorations of conceptual ideas will include varied methods of engagement, including hands-on and minds-on experimentation. Credit for IDS 3234 is equivalent to credit for both IDS 2403 and IDS 3201. Credit cannot be earned for IDS 2403 (or IDS 3203) and IDS 3201 if this course is taken.

IDS 3713  Interdisciplinary Inquiry
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisites: IDS 2113, IDS 3003, IDS 3013, IDS 3123, WRC 1013, and WRC 1023.
An interdisciplinary study of thought in the fields of sciences, social studies, mathematics, language arts, and fine arts. Course experiences include modeling, practice, and analysis of modes of inquiry in the disciplines, and their implications for interdisciplinary inquiry. Students will demonstrate their ability to engage in interdisciplinary inquiry by means of writing a unique interdisciplinary and scholarly paper.

IDS 4913  Independent Study
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) from the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion, and/or writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

IDS 4993  Honors Thesis
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Enrollment limited to candidates for honors in the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching during the last two semesters; consent of the Honors College.
Supervised research and preparation for an honors thesis. May be repeated once with advisor’s approval.


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