Interdisciplinary Engineering - BS

Earning a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in interdisciplinary engineering (ITDE) allows students to develop unique skill sets and specialize in areas that may not be provided in a traditional department degree program. Such specializations may be driven by emerging technical fields or by a student’s desire to have an immersive interdisciplinary experience. ITDE students graduate with a specific set of skills resulting from a unique program of study.

The BS in ITDE is comprised of 70 credit hours of standard components and 58 credit hours of interdisciplinary specialization. The 70 standard credits include:

  • common first-year engineering courses
  • an English/communication course
  • a "foundations of interdisciplinary engineering" course
  • two semesters of senior capstone design
  • three additional math courses beyond first-year courses (from an approved list)
  • an additional math/science elective course
  • university core curriculum courses

The 58 remaining credits of specialization may either be determined through a pre-approved program of study or through a student-led design with approval from the ITDE Advisory Committee.

Many students enhance their education by participating in cooperative education and/or professional internships, which offer opportunities for employment in engineering positions while working toward a degree. Numerous study abroad programs are also available for gaining experience and perspectives in the international arena. Participation in student chapters of professional and honor societies provides leadership opportunities, collegial activities, and learning experiences outside the classroom. Many students also participate in research projects through individual directed studies courses with a professor.

Before commencing course work in the major, students must be admitted to the major or have the approval of the degree program.

The BS in ITDE degree is offered at the College Station, Galveston, and McAllen campuses.

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
Technical elective 1, 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
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 12
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
Technical electives 1, 6 12
Math/Science elective 1, 7 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
ENGR 401 Interdisciplinary Design 1 3
University Core Curriculum 3 3
Technical electives 1, 6 9
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
ENGR 402 Interdisciplinary Design II 1 3
ITDE 499 Degree Plan Approval for ITDE 0
Technical electives 1, 6 13
 Semester Credit Hours16
 Total Semester Credit Hours97

Total Program Hours 128