Interdisciplinary Engineering - 6-Year Bachelor of Science/Juris Doctor

The College of Engineering and School of Law offer a combination degree program leading to the BS in Interdisciplinary Engineering (ITDE) and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees. This program is structured to allow students to complete it in six academic years, reducing the typical time to completion for sequential degrees by one year.

This combined degree program educates students in engineering and technology as a precursor to studies and practice in the law. Areas of legal practice that require advanced understanding of the engineering and technology development process include patents and intellectual property law, environmental law, and workplace health and safety law, among others. This program allows a streamlining of studies with mutual reinforcement of the respective degree disciplines.

Students who enroll in the combined program complete their first three academic years at the College of Engineering on the College Station campus.  Upon the conclusion of the spring semester of the third year, students begin coursework in the School of Law for the fourth and fifth academic years in Fort Worth. For the sixth and final year, students have their primary curricula with the School of Law with coursework taken from both the School of Law and the College of Engineering, and courses are taken on the College Station campus.  Students must complete all curriculum requirements and all additional graduation requirements published in the applicable undergraduate and graduate catalogs for the BS-ITDE degree and the JD degree.

Students interested in this combined program are strongly advised to meet with an academic advisor in the BS in Interdisciplinary Engineering program as early as possible to understand issues related to admission to both the BS and JD programs, course scheduling, minimum academic performance standards, and others. Admission to the BS degree program does not guarantee admission to the JD portion, and students must apply to the School of Law in the third academic year in order to begin law studies in the fourth academic year.

The freshman year is identical for degrees in aerospace engineering, architectural engineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, electronic systems engineering technology, environmental engineering, industrial distribution, industrial engineering, interdisciplinary engineering, manufacturing and mechanical engineering technology, mechanical engineering, multidisciplinary engineering technology, nuclear engineering, ocean engineering, and petroleum engineering (Note: not all programs listed are offered in Qatar). The freshman year is slightly different for chemical engineering, biomedical engineering and materials science and engineering degrees in that students take CHEM 119 or CHEM 107/CHEM 117 and CHEM 120.  Students pursuing degrees in biological and agricultural engineering should refer to the specific curriculum for this major. It is recognized that many students will change the sequence and number of courses taken in any semester. Deviations from the prescribed course sequence, however, should be made with care to ensure that prerequisites for all courses are met.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
CHEM 107 General Chemistry for Engineering Students 1,4 3
CHEM 117 General Chemistry for Engineering Students Laboratory 1,4 1
ENGL 103
Introduction to Rhetoric and Composition 1
or Composition and Rhetoric
3
ENGR 102 Engineering Lab I - Computation 1 2
MATH 151 Engineering Mathematics I 1,2 4
University Core Curriculum 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
ENGR 216/PHYS 216 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab II - Mechanics 1 2
MATH 152 Engineering Mathematics II 1 4
PHYS 206 Newtonian Mechanics for Engineering and Science 1 3
University Core Curriculum 3 3
Select one of the following: 3-4
Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4  
 
 Semester Credit Hours15-16
 Total Semester Credit Hours31-32
Plan of Study Grid
Second Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
COMM 205
Communication for Technical Professions
or Technical and Business Writing
3
ENGR 217/PHYS 217 Experimental Physics and Engineering Lab III - Electricity and Magnetism 1 2
ITDE 201 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Engineering 1 1
MATH 251 Engineering Mathematics III 1 3
PHYS 207 Electricity and Magnetism for Engineering and Science 1 3
Math/Science Elective 1, 7 3
Technical Electives 1, 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
MATH 308 Differential Equations 1 3
University Core Curriculum 3 6
Technical Electives 1, 6 9
 Semester Credit Hours18
Summer
ITDE 399 High Impact Experience for Interdisciplinary Engineers 0
 Semester Credit Hours0
Third Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
Linear Algebra 1  
Topics in Applied Mathematics I 1  
Linear Algebra 1  
Advanced Engineering Mathematics 1  
University Core Curriculum 3 3
Technical electives 1, 6 10
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
University Core Curriculum 3 3
Technical electives 1, 6 12
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
LAW 7001 Analysis, Research, and Writing I 3
LAW 7005 Civil Procedure 4
LAW 7042 Torts 4
LAW 7110 Professional Identity 0.5
LAW 7418 Legislation and Regulation 3
 Semester Credit Hours14.5
Spring
LAW 7002 Analysis, Research, and Writing II 3
LAW 7007 Alternative Dispute Resolution Survey 1
LAW 7017 Contracts 4
LAW 7021 Criminal Law 3
LAW 7032 Property 4
LAW 7110 Professional Identity 0.5
 Semester Credit Hours15.5
Fifth Year
Fall
LAW 7010 Constitutional Law 4
LAW 7091 Professional Responsibility 3
Upper level LAW electives 8, 9 8
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Upper level LAW electives 8, 9 15
 Semester Credit Hours15
Sixth Year
Fall
ENGR 401 Interdisciplinary Design 1, 10 3
Technical Electives 1, 6, 10 3
Upper level LAW electives 8, 9, 10 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ENGR 402 Interdisciplinary Design II 1, 10 3
ITDE 499 Degree Plan Approval for ITDE 0
Technical Electives 1, 6, 10 3
Upper level LAW electives 8, 9, 10 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours157

The combined program includes a total of 188 semester credit hours, which includes 30 semester credit hours applied both to the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Engineering and Juris Doctor degrees.

The JD degree is conferred on students who satisfactorily complete the program with a cumulative grade point average of 2.33 or better in LAW classes. In addition, each student must complete an upper-level rigorous writing requirement, a six-hour experiential requirement, and a 30-hour pro bono requirement. Students must complete their degree requirements within 72 months of starting law school, which occurs at the start of the fourth year of this combined program.

Total Semester Credit Hours for Combination Program      188