Step 1: Selecting your courses

1. Select courses that constitute your self-designed major.

  • You must have at least 42 credits at the 200-level and above.
  • Students are eligible to receive a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies if they meet the following requirements: 1) 30 credits in math, science, engineering or technology on the transcript; 15 of these 30 must be in the proposal and at the 300- and 400-level; 2) one of two faculty advisors must be from math, science, engineering or technology; 3) proposal goals and learning objectives must have a math, science, engineering or technology-related focus.

2. Use the UMBC Undergraduate Catalog, and be sure you meet the pre-requisites for all courses.

  • Check with your INDS advisor for suggestions on new or special topics courses. 

3. Do a timeline by semester of the courses you have chosen.

  • Check the schedule of classes to determine when your courses are offered (i.e. fall only? spring only? every semester?).
  • Be realistic about balancing work and academic obligations (remember the 3-to-1 rule: for every hour you are in class, budget three hours of homework). Can you afford summer classes to help meet your graduation goal and/or lighten the semester load?

4. Once you have a draft of a timeline, make an appointment to discuss it with your INDS advisor.

  • We'll check your plan to make sure you will meet UMBC general education requirements, which include 45 credits of upper level (300 or higher) courses.