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Science and Technology: Multidisciplinary Studies

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Degree Benefits

The Bachelor of Science in Science and Technology Multidisciplinary Studies offers students a means to design their program of study that reflects current business, industry, government, education/training development and technology needs, and/or they can meet those unique requirements by building a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) multidisciplinary skill set within the program studies.

The designing of their program of study will enable students to build a unique skill set that can focus on two or more distinct programs. This focusing on two or more programs is integrated around a unifying theme or topic that cannot be subsumed under a single discipline or occupational field or a perception not currently available through established majors/minors, thus allowing them to tailor their program of study to their own personal/professional interests, needs or occupational employment demands/projections.

Courses are offered during the fall, spring and summer sessions via delivery methods that include face-to-face and online courses, as appropriate. In addition, students who are still deciding what they are interested in can take these courses as non-degree-seeking students without declaring a major area of study.

This type of degree program allows students to enjoy greater job security and career flexibility, while employers will have a more adaptable multi-skilled and educated workforce that is desired for the new and ever-changing economy.

The Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Science and Technology Multidisciplinary Studies degree is a nontraditional academic program that: 

  1. Provides a highly flexible and agile platform for the "Just-In-Time"developmentof technicians, STEM, technology level degree concentrations and careers that can be tailor-made to workforce needs of specific businesses, industries, government agencies, educational institutions and other related sectors.
  2. Provides services to enroll, retain and graduate non traditional students.
  3. Provides a service for returning students to complete a degree.
  4. Articulates up to 90 transfer semester hours from accredited institutions of the 120 hours required for graduation. Thirty of the last 45 credits have to be taken at California University of Pennsylvania. In addition, students must complete at least 50 percent of the major coursework within their department from Cal U, with the exception of intra-system transfer students.
  5. Permits up to 30 earned credits of prior learning assessment (PLA) work and other applicable nontraditional learning experiences. Additional fees may apply.
  6. Provides a sound educational foundation (identical General Education requirements of the University) without rigid specialization requirements.
  7. Provides advanced knowledge and higher-level skills for career advancement to management and professional careers in the workforce.
  8. Requires students to develop an approved academic plan of study:
  • The professional program core is derived from "two or more" distinct programs and is integrated around a unifying theme or topic that cannot be subsumed under a single discipline or occupational field, for degree completion with a faculty advisor and/or department chair from the student's selected professional program core.
  • The professional core will have a minimum of 6 credits of science, 6 credits of technology, 6 credits of engineering, 6 credits of mathematics (STEM) and a 3-credit capstone experience course.
  • Students are required to meet every semester with the program coordinator/advisor to tailor their program of study to their own personal/professional interests, needs, or occupational employment demands/projections.
  • Requires students to have at least 42 credits of their overall coursework be advanced-standing courses, 120-credit graduation requirement, and must have a minimum 2.00 grade-point average to qualify for graduation.

 

Additional Information

How Do I Join the Program?

Contact the Cal U Office of Admissions at inquiry@calu.edu or 724-938-4404 (toll-free 888-412-0479). We're ready to talk with you about joining the science and technology multidisciplinary studies program at Cal U! 

Apply online: www.calu.edu/prospective/undergraduate-admissions/index.htm.

Program Contact Information:
Contact the Department of Applied Engineering and Technology by phone at 724-938-4085 or Dr. Jennifer Wilburn, program coordinator, at wilburn@calu.edu.

Website: www.calu.edu/academics/programs/index.htm