Stephen F. Austin State University

Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies (BSMS)

Overview of the BSMS

The BSMS (Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies) is one of four interdisciplinary degree options offered by the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs (College of Liberal and Applied Arts, Stephen F. Austin State University). It remains distinct from the other interdisciplinary degrees (the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences and the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies) in that students can select areas of study from any of Stephen F. Austin State University's different colleges.

Unlike a traditional degree offered by the university, students pursuing the BSMS degree will work with faculty to design a degree plan consisting of three areas of study. Each area of study will require a total of 18 academic hours (12 of which must be upper division-300 to 400 level-coursework). The areas of study that will be combined for this degree must be complimentary of one another. Students wishing to pursue this degree must be able to demonstrate how these areas can be logically, academically, and professionally integrated.

In most cases, students may include areas of study from any of the academic programs that currently offer minors. However, there are some noted exceptions. First, only those students pursuing the Physical Science Secondary Teaching Certification degree may include Secondary Education as one of the three areas of study. Second, only one area of study within any degree plan can be based on a defined interdisciplinary minor (a list of these minors can be obtained through the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs).

Admission Process

Students interested in pursuing the BSMS degree must meet the following prerequisite requirements:

  1. Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA to be eligible for the program.
  2. Students interested in pursuing the BSMS degree must schedule an appointment with the Director of the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs to discuss his/her interest in the degree program and to explore potential degree plans. As this meeting the two will discuss the different reasons one pursues an interdisciplinary degree and the different possibilities that are available to the student.
  3. At the end of the above meeting, the student will receive an application to the BSMS program. This application must be completed and returned to the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs. The Director of the Division will read the application and decide whether or not the student will be admitted to the program. If admitted to the program, the Director and student will schedule a meeting during which they will devise a plan of study.

Requirements Specific to the BSMS Degree

Students admitted to the BSMS program must meet and maintain compliance with the following standards:

  1. All BSMS students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  2. All BSMS students must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher in each area of study.
  3. Only those courses in which a student has earned a grade of C or higher will count towards the requirements of each area of study.
  4. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in both AAS 300 and AAS 498, the introductory and capstone course required for this degree.

Additional Information

For more information about the BSMS degree, please contact:

Dr. Michael J. Martin
Director, Division of Multidisciplinary Programs
P.O. Box 6082, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-6082
(936) 468-6722 (Office)
(936) 468-8240 (Fax)
martinmj@sfasu.edu

Dr. H. Stephen Cooper
Associate Dean, College of Liberal and Applied Arts
P.O. Box 6082 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-6082
(936) 468-6066 (Office)
(936) 468-8240 (Fax)
scooper@sfasu.edu


The Division of Multidisciplinary Programs is located in Ferguson 289.

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