Multidisciplinary Science (MSCI)

Multidisciplinary Science is a unique area of study that allows each student to design their own academic program in the natural sciences. Students choose areas of specialization from a broad range of sciences, tailoring their studies to their particular interests and career goals. A Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Science can be useful in many careers, such as medicine, dentistry, education, and research. When combined with other majors or minors, a MSCI degree can be excellent preparation for careers in law, business, public relations, and many others. Multidisciplinary Science may be particularly useful to students whose scientific interests do not fit well within a single discipline.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Create a course of study uniquely tailored to your goals and interests.

  2. Learn and grow in an interdisciplinary natural science based field.

  3. Develop strong critical thinking skills.

  4. Prepare yourself for a wide variety of future careers or further studies.

  5. Gain hands-on experience in research.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in Multidisciplinary Science may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BS). Multidisciplinary Science provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Industry and laboratories

Medicine and allied health practice

State and federal government agencies

Science journals

Research institutes

Colleges and universities

K-12 schools
Alumni Jobs

GIS analyst

Software developer

Medical doctor

Nurse practitioner


Science teacher


EKG technician

Veterinary technician

Physician's assistant

Medical records lead
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
MATH 111, 112; MATH 251/246; CH 111, 221, 222, 227, 228

2nd Year
CH 223, 229; BI 211, 212, 214; MATH 252/247; HPHY 211, 212 *see dept for info about HPHY

3rd Year
CH 331, 335, 336, 337, 338; PHYS 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206

4th Year
CH 360; HPHY 321, 322, 323, 324, 325

Major Credits
Required   44-56
Electives 32

Total 76-88

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Critical thinking and analysis in the natural science context

Quantitative reasoning

Teaching and tutoring

Making connections between science disciplines

Time management and workload organization

Technical writing

Project management

Data management
Experiential learning opportunities

Specialized Courses

Introduction to Biological Anthropology [Anthropology]

General Biology I: Cells [Biology]

Our Digital Earth [Geography]

Calculus for the Biological Sciences [Mathematics]

Foundations of Physics [Physics]

Web Applications Development [Computer Information Science]

Culture and Mental Health [Psychology]

Organic Chemistry [Chemistry and Biochemistry]
Add A Minor Or Certificate




Computer Information Science


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