Academic Catalog August 2008 - August 2009 Undergraduate and Graduate
You may earn either a BA or BS in Interdisciplinary Studies: Biology.
To earn the Interdisciplinary Studies degree, you must complete at least 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:
at least 35 units of liberal studies requirements. Be aware that you may not use courses with a BIO prefix to satisfy these liberal studies requirements. In addition, you may not use the specific courses in your focus to also satisfy liberal studies requirements.
at least 57-68 units of major requirements for the B.A. or at least 60-67 units of major requirements for the B.S.
elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check the courses in the appropriate subject. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)
Please note that you must complete NAUís diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in U.S. ethnic diversity and one in global Diversity. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.
The Interdisciplinary Studies requires that you must take at least 30 units of upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above).
Additionally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact your advisor for details.
Finally, please note that the requirements for any particular Interdisciplinary Studies plan will be more specific than the general academic description given here. See the specific academic area in this catalog, which are listed at the end of this section, for the Interdisciplinary Studies plan you are interested in.
Click here to go to the section titled NAUís Undergraduate Academic Plans for information about the 35 units of liberal studies credit that we require. Contact the department of your emphasis for information about liberal studies courses that are specific to your major.
Be aware that you may use courses with prefixes in your emphasis area to fulfill liberal studies, but you may not use the same course(s) to satisfy your emphasis requirements and your liberal studies requirements; in addition, you may not use the specific courses in your focus to satisfy liberal studies requirements. (For the interdisciplinary emphases in arts and letters, public agency service, and women and gender studies, you may use the emphasis course prefixes to satisfy requirements in both emphasis and liberal studies; however, you may not use the same course(s) to satisfy both an emphasis and liberal studies requirement.)
You must complete 57-68 units for the B.A. major or 60-67 for the B.S. ó in an emphasis, a focus area, and communication skills requirements.
Please note that you must have a grade of C or better in all courses used in the Extended Major, which includes the Emphasis, Focus/Minor/Certificate, and Communication Skills Area.
For the 21 units of emphasis requirements, you take:
BIO 181:181L and 182 (8 units)
4-5 units in one of the following course or combinations of courses, each of which meets NAUís junior writing requirement:
BIO 205 and 305W
or BIO 326 and 326LW
or any other NAU-designated junior writing course
3-4 units in one of the following course or combinations of courses, any of which meets NAUís senior capstone requirement:
or BIO 425C and 425L
or BIO 426C
or BIO 435C
or BIO 444C
or BIO 488C
4-6 units of additional coursework, which can include:
any BIO courses, except BIO 100 100L and 310 or any BIO recitation (R) courses
up to 3 units of BIO 300
up to 6 units from BIO 408, 485, 497, and 498
(Please note that if you use a non-BIO junior writing course, take additional hours of elective BIO courses, including a lab course.)
Meet this 15-unit requirement by choosing one of the three options described in this section.
Focus in Interdisciplinary Studies
Take at least 15 units that include a minimum of 3 units of credit in each of the following blocks: Ethical Reasoning; Creative Inquiry; Scientific Reasoning; Changing Worlds; and Cultural Perspectives. Courses used to satisfy this requirement may not have been used to satisfy any other requirement for this degree. At least 9 units must be taken at NAU and at least 6 units of the 9 units must be upper-division (300 or 400 level). Click on the above links for listings of approved courses by block.
You may also fulfill this requirement by completing a minor outside your emphasis field, instead of either a focus or certificate. The minor, which will require at least 15 units, must be completed according to the requirements listed in your catalog of graduation. Refer to specific academic areas within this catalog for information about the coursework requirements for particular minors you may be interested in. (Please note that not all minors are available statewide or on line.).
You may also fulfill this requirement by completing a certificate outside your emphasis field, instead of either a focus or a minor. The certificate, which will require at least 15 units, must be completed according to the requirements listed in your catalog of graduation. Refer to specific academic areas within this catalog for information about the coursework requirements for particular certificates you may be interested in. (Please note that not all certificates are available statewide or on line.).
You must take the following 21-25 units for the B.A.; 24 units for the B.S.:
3 units in computer literacy for the B.A.; 6 units for the B.S. This coursework must help you to understand in general the technical components of computers and information systems, the role of computers in modern society, how to solve problems using information systems technology, word processing, spreadsheet use, data base management, and how to use the World Wide Web and common software productivity tools. This course must have been taken within 10 years of admittance to NAU.
6 units of oral communication courses
You choose 3 units of performance-based and 3 units of theory-based courses listed below. At least 3 units must be upper-division.
SC 111, 311, 312, 314, 315, and 318; and TH 242
SC 271, 321, 323, 351, 361, 365, 424, 472, 475 and 477
(Please note that you canít use CLEP or locally prepared exams to satisfy this requirement. Transfer credit used to satisfy this requirement must be approved by the Interdisciplinary Studies/BAS Advisory Council.)
For the B.A., take a Language Requirement: four courses in a language other than English, selected from the same language. (You can take CLEP or AP exams to fulfill all or part of this requirement; however, you cannot use "travelers" or "conversation only" language courses for this requirement.)
For the B.S., take a Science Requirement: four courses from ANT 101, 102, or 104; BIO 301 and 302; PSY 230 or equivalent; MAT 114; STA 270 or equivalent; CCJ 355; ECI 497C; ESE 380; HS 333; SOC 355W and 365; PAS 355 or 356; POS 303 (12 units). At least six units must be upper division.
Additionally, courses taken in the Science Requirement may not be used to satisfy any other requirements in the degree plan.
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they werenít used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
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