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Interdisciplinary Studies, B.A.A.S.

The Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences program is a post-professional degree completion program designed to allow individuals who have received an Associate of Applied Arts (A.A.A.) or Applied Sciences (A.A.S.) degree at another institution to complete a bachelor-level degree, while transferring certain credits obtained to Texas Wesleyan University to fulfill specified requirements for this degree plan. Applied coursework transferred to Texas Wesleyan as a part of this program may not be applicable to any other degree program offered by the University.

Eligible students with an A.A.A. or A.A.S. from U.S. community colleges and universities, or with equivalent two or three-year degrees from a non-US institution, can complete the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree at Texas Wesleyan University. The degree completion program is designed so that candidates may successfully complete the 120 credit hour program on a full-time basis in approximately two years or on a part-time basis in approximately three to four years, depending upon the pace at which the student chooses to take required courses. The time limit for the completion of the degree is ten years.

Students who do not complete the B.A.A.S. program, and wish to pursue another degree at Texas Wesleyan University, must meet all academic requirements for the degree being sought. Applied course credits transferred to the University, which were taken as a part of an A.A.A. or A.A.S. degree curriculum and applied to meet requirements of the B.A.A.S. degree, may be used to meet requirements of another degree plan only if they meet existing University standards and requirements for the transferability of credits from another institution. The determination of the transferability of any course credit will be made by the University Registrar.

In order to be eligible for admission to the B.A.A.S. program, students must hold an A.A.A. or A.A.S. degree or an equivalent minimum of a terminal two-year degree or the equivalent of two years’ transferrable coursework from a non-US institution of higher education in a specific field of study (55 hours’ minimum credit). Students holding an Associate of Applied Arts or Applied Sciences degree or international students with a focus in any of the following areas will not be deemed eligible to participate in the B.A.A.S. degree program: Airframe Technology, Automotive Technology, Automotive Mechanics, Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Heating and Air Conditioning, or Welding.

Enrollment in this program is limited to space availability. Qualifying students will be enrolled in the program based upon a first-come, first-served basis.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

General Education Curriculum (36)

For the full General Education Curriculum Policy and Requirements, refer to the GEC listed in this catalog.

MAT 1302 is acceptable for the GEC math requirement.

Some courses listed in program “Major Requirements” or “Required Related Courses” (noted with an asterisk [*]) may be used to meet requirements in the GEC. Although these courses fulfill requirements in each area, credit hours for these courses, if taken for the GEC, may only be counted in the GEC.

Complete Graduation Requirements are listed in this catalog.

Language Literacy (12)

English (9)

ENG 1301Composition I3 Credits
ENG 1302Composition II3 Credits
one of the following courses:
ENG 2324Introduction to Creative Writing3 Credits
ENG 2326Exploring American Lit3 Credits
ENG 2327Exploring World Lit3 Credits
ENG 2328Exploring British Lit3 Credits

Speech (3)

SPC 1301Fund of Speech3 Credits

Analytic Literacy (7)


Mathematics (3)

MAT 1302, MAT 1304 (if allowable by major), or any math course with MAT 1302 or MAT 1304 or higher as a prerequisite.

Note: MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Arts and Sciences except for the programs in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Mathematics. MAT 1304 is acceptable for all programs in the School of Education. MAT 1304 is not acceptable for any program in the School of Business and Professional Programs.

Science (4)

Choose 1 of the following courses with accompanying lab:

BIO 1403Fundamentals of Science4 Credits
BIO 1406Contemporary Biology4 Credits
BIO 1407Animal Life4 Credits
BIO 1408Plants & Human Affairs4 Credits
BIO 1409Cracking the Code: A User's Guide to Human Genetics4 Credits
BIO 1410Introduction to Biology I4 Credits
BIO 1413Local Spring Flora4 Credits
BIO 1414Cats, Chromosomes & Codons4 Credits
BIO 1415Exploring Human Biology4 Credits
BIO 1420Introduction to Biology II4 Credits
BIO 2401Human Anatomy & Physiology I4 Credits
BIO 2402Human Anatomy & Physiology II4 Credits
CHE 1403Nature of Physical Science4 Credits
CHE 1404Physical Science & Environment4 Credits
CHE 1405Forensic Science I4 Credits
CHE 1415General Chemistry I4 Credits
CHE 1416General Chemistry II4 Credits
CHE 1418Chemistry in Context4 Credits
NSC 1402Introductory Astronomy4 Credits
PHY 1401University Physics I4 Credits
PHY 1402University Physics II4 Credits
PHY 1410Fundamentals of Physics I4 Credits

Cultural Literacy (9)

HIS 2324Fundamentals of Modern American History3 Credits

Choose (3) hours from one of the following:


Choose (3) hours from any of the following:

REL 1311Introduction to Jewish Scriptures3 Credits
REL 1312Introduction to Christian Scriptures3 Credits
REL 1313Introduction to Ethics3 Credits
REL 1321Introduction to Comparative Religions3 Credits
REL 1323Introduction to Interfaith Leadership3 Credits

Social Literacy (8)

EXS 1220Basic Concepts of Wellness2 Credits

Choose any two of the following courses with at least two different academic areas represented:

BUA 1301Introduction to Business3 Credits
ECO 2305Principles of Economics I3 Credits
FIN 1325Personal Finance3 Credits
GEG 2304World Geography3 Credits
GEG 2305Human Geography3 Credits
HUM 2340The Human Experience I3 Credits
HUM 2341The Human Prospect3 Credits
IST 2300Introduction to International Studies3 Credits
MCO 1302Mass Media & Society3 Credits
POL 2311American Government I3 Credits
PSY 1301General Psychology3 Credits
PSY 2342Psychology of Everyday Life3 Credits
SSC 2360Social Justice3 Credits
SOC 1302Cultural Anthropology3 Credits
SOC 2301Intro to Sociology3 Credits
SOC 2302Social Problems3 Credits
SOC 2390Minority Groups3 Credits
WSP 2304Hon Sem Social Literacy3 Credits
WSP 2340Hon Lang/Lit Interdiscip Integrative3 Credits

Major Requirements

Courses completed for each Discipline Focus must be in any one prefix (for example, REL, SOC, ENG, etc.) at the 3000-4000 level. Students must complete 15 hours of general education curriculum courses prior to enrolling in upper level courses. All existing University prerequisites apply to all courses. The credential awarded under this program is a “Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences in Interdisciplinary Studies,” but student transcripts will indicate the areas of Focus pursued.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 36 hours in the focus areas.

Discipline Focus I

All courses at 3000-4000 level*, in a single prefix, and completed at Texas Wesleyan University.

Total Credit Hours:12-18

Discipline Focus II

All courses at 3000-4000 level*, in a single prefix, and completed at Texas Wesleyan University. 

Total Credit Hours:12-18

Advanced Electives

If a student is unable to complete 18 hours in each discipline focus, she/he may complete advanced electives. All elective courses must be at the 3000-4000 level*, except with special permission from an academic division Dean and the Chair of the Department offering the course sought to be included as an elective, but in no instance will courses taken at any institution other than Texas Wesleyan University be used to meet requirements of this Elective category.

*Prerequisites for upper-level courses must be met prior to enrollment in courses.

Applied Elective (Transfer Coursework)

Any deficiency in the number of transferable Applied Elective credits may be made up by a student admitted into the B.A.A.S. program through taking general elective courses at Texas Wesleyan University. Course credits classified as general elective credits may not also be used to meet GEC or other requirements under this degree plan.

Total Hours (120)