Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies


The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies Degree (B.S.I.S.) is a 124-semester hour degree designed to prepare students for a career as an elementary or middle school teacher. The degree integrates University degree requirements with the State's teacher certification requirements. A minimum of 42 semester hours must be in upper-level credit (courses numbered 3000 and above). Because of the unique nature of the degree, it includes additional study in mathematics and the sciences. Since specific science requirements change according to the academic specialization selected, students should check with their advisors concerning these courses. These are included in the general education core requirement. General education requirements may vary from state to state based upon certification requirements. Components of the B.S.I.S. degree include:

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION


B.S.I.S.

Elementary Certification (EC-4) General Education Core Course Requirements
Hours
@ENGL 1301, @1302, three hours literature, and three hours ENGL elective
12
ART 2301 or studio course, MUSI 1303, 3304, or 3305, or THEA 1303
3
HIST 2301 and 2302
6
MATH 1304 and 2301
6
#EXSS area one fitness, one recreation
3
***RLGN 1301, 1302
6
Science including at least one biological lab science and one physical lab science
12
POLS 2301
3
COMS 2302, 1303, 2302, or 2303
3
EDUC 2307
3
****Foreign Language 1301
3
EDIT 2310
3
ORIE 0001 or UNIV 1100
0-1
GRAD 0001 or GRAD 4101
0-1
TOTAL
63-65


**Wayland Baptist University will not accept RLGN 1301, Old Testament History, or RLGN
1302, New Testament History, or their equivalents, from any institution except other Baptist
universities. In no case will either of these two courses be accepted if they were taken by correspondence. The School of Religion & Philosophy must approve any exception to this policy.
***Basic competency in a language other than English is also required. This competency can be met by either one year of high school language study, by the satisfactory completion of a university course in a language other than English, or by demonstrated competency. #A maximum of three hours credit in activity may count toward the 124 hours required for a degree. Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt. @Must be taken within first year of enrollment.

Academic Major and Minor
Rather than a traditional major and minor, the B.S.I.S. degree includes a 36- to 38-semester hour interdisciplinary core of courses. This core includes a concentration selected from an approved list of disciplines and a combination of other subject fields selected to prepare the student for the comprehensive section of the teacher certification examination. The concentration is elementary education. Specific semester hour as well as course requirements are included in the "Education" section of the catalog found on page 109.

Middle School Certification

Degree is determined by the academic specialization.  Students pursuing middle school teaching certification in the areas of language arts and social studies will follow degree requirements for the BAIS, and students preparing to teach middle school science and mathematics will follow degree requirements for BSIS.

BAIS General Education Core

Middle School Certification General Education Core Course Requirements
Hours
@ENGL 1301, @1302, 3 hours of literature, three hours of English elective
12
ART 1301 or 2301 or studio course; MUSI 1303, 3304, 3305 or THEA 1303
6
HIST 2301 and 2302
6
MATH 1304 or higher
6
#EXSS 1112 and two activity courses (one fitness, one recreation)
3
***RLGN 1301, 1302
6
Biological and a physical science laboratory science
8
POLS 2301
3
COMS 1301, 1303, 2302, or 2303
3
EDUC 2307
3
Foreign Language 2301 and 2302
6
EDIT 2310
3
ORIE 0001 or UNIV 1100
0-1
GRAD 0001 or GRAD 4101
0-1
TOTAL
62-64


**Wayland Baptist University will not accept RLGN 1301, Old Testament History, or RLGN
1302, New Testament History, or their equivalents, from any institution except other Baptist
universities. In no case will either of these two courses be accepted if they were taken by correspondence The School of Religion & Philosophy must approve any exception to this policy.
#A maximum of three hours credit in activity may count toward the 124 hours required for a
degree. Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt.
@Must be taken within first year of enrollment.

B.S.I.S.

Middle School General Education Core Course Requirements
Hours
@ENGL 1301, @1302, three hours literature, and three hours ENGL elective
12
ART 2301 or studio course, MUSI 1303, 3304, or 3305, or THEA 1303
3
HIST 2301 and 2302
6
MATH 1304 and 2301
6
#EXSS area one fitness, one recreation
3
***RLGN 1301, 1302
6
Science including at least one biological lab science and one physical lab science
12
POLS 2301
3
COMS 2302, 1303, 2302, or 2303
3
EDUC 2307
3
****Foreign Language 1301
3
EDIT 2310
3
ORIE 0001 or UNIV 1100
0-1
GRAD 0001 or GRAD 4101
0-1
TOTAL
63-65

**Wayland Baptist University will not accept RLGN 1301, Old Testament History, or RLGN
1302, New Testament History, or their equivalents, from any institution except other Baptist
universities. In no case will either of these two courses be accepted if they were taken by correspondence. The School of Religion & Philosophy must approve any exception to this policy.
***Basic competency in a language other than English is also required. This competency can be met by either one year of high school language study, by the satisfactory completion of a university course in a language other than English, or by demonstrated competency.
#A maximum of three hours credit in activity may count toward the 124 hours required for a
degree. Students who have served two or more years in the Armed Forces are exempt.
@Must be taken within first year of enrollment.

Academic Major and Minor
Rather than a traditional major and minor, the B.S.I.S. degree includes a 36- to 38-semester hour interdisciplinary core of courses. This core includes a concentration selected from an approved list of disciplines and a combination of other subject fields selected to prepare the student for the comprehensive section of the teacher certification examination. . Specific semester hour as well as course requirements are included in the "Education" section of the catalog found on page 109.

Electives

In addition to the interdisciplinary core, the B.S.I.S. degree requires 30 semester
hours in professional development courses. As a result, the number of elective hours is generally limited. When elective hours are available, the student may complete degree requirements with courses which complement or extend career preparation, or to pursue subject fields which hold special appeal. However, before using elective semester hours, students should check with their advisors to ensure that the hours are indeed elective and that upper-level semester hour requirements for graduation are being met.