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B.S. in Science and Technology: Multidisciplinary Studies (120 Credits)

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General Education (40-41 credits):

  • Building a Sense of Community (1 cr.) UNI 100: First-Year Seminar
  • Composition (3 crs.) ENG 101: Composition I
  • Public Speaking (3 crs.) Any Public Speaking Course
  • Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy (3 crs.) MAT 181: College Algebra
  • Health and Wellness (3 crs.) Any Health and Wellness Course
  • Technological Literacy (3 crs.) Any Technological Literacy Course
  • Humanities (3 crs.) Any Humanities Course
  • Fine Arts (3 crs.) Any Fine Arts Course
  • Natural Sciences (3-4 crs.) Any Natural Sciences Course
  • Social Sciences (3 crs.) Any Social Sciences Course
  • General Education Options (12 crs.) Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Course (3 crs.) General Education Course (9 crs.)

Additional Requirements (not counted toward the General Education requirements):

  •  Special Experience Course (one course required) Any approved Special Experience course from the Eberly College of Science and Technology program disciplines
  • Upper-Division Writing Component Courses (two courses required) Any approved Upper-Division Writing courses from the Eberly College of Science and Technology program disciplines
  • Laboratory Course (one course required) Any approved Laboratory course from the Eberly College of Science and Technology program disciplines

Program Requirements

Major Program Requirements (60 Credits) Professional Program Core** 

  • STEM area (24 credits) ** 
  • Capstone area (3 credits) ** 
  • Discipline Program areas (33 credits) **
  • Free Electives (19-20 credits) ***

**Program Notes:

  1. Provides a highly flexible and agile platform for the "Just-In-Time" development of 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 nontraditional 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 at 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. All credit awarded for work and other nontraditional experience is called "college-equivalent" credit and is listed on transcripts as "P" credits. Portfolios describing these experiences and their relationship to the learning objectives of course(s) being challenged are required. 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 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 adviser and/or department chair from the student's selected professional program core.
  • Professional program core discipline codes — BIO, CAD, CET, CHE, CIS, CSC, EAS, EET, ENS, GCM, GEO, GET, GIS, IST, ITE, MAT, MTR, NMT, PHY, REC, RET and WFD.
  • 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.
  • General Education requirements that specifically pertain to the minimum professional core STEM and capstone courses can count toward that requirement.
  • Students will still need to meet the 120-credit graduation requirement.
  • Students must complete a minimum 15-credit-hour special area of interest (300-400 level classes from one of the following disciplines - BIO, CET, CAD, CHE, CIS, CSC, EAS, EET, ENS, GCM, GEO, GET, GIS, IST, ITE, MAT, MTR, NMT, PHY, REC, RET and WFD) — applies to the professional program core and advanced standing course requirements.

9.  ***Free electives are to be used to build the Bachelor of Science in Science and Technology Multidisciplinary Studies degree.

10. Students are required to meet every semester with their adviser to tailor their program of study to their own personal/professional interests, needs or occupational employment demands/projections.

11. 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.

About the Degree

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