Science and Technology Multidisciplinary Studies

Science and Technology Multidisciplinary Studies Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree

Science and Technology Multidisciplinary Studies

Enjoy greater job security and career flexibility with a multidisciplinary degree.

Take advantage of one of California University of Pennsylvania's most flexible degrees. A bachelor's degree in science and technology multidisciplinary studies enables you to customize your own program of study to your personal/professional interests, as well as employer needs and occupational employment projections.

 Designed as a degree-completion program, this bachelor's degree focuses on essential and immediately applicable STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines. You'll graduate with a unique and adaptable multidisciplinary skill set that will meet the demands of current business, industry, government, education/training development and technology.

Mix and match courses from a variety of technical areas:

  • Electrical engineering technology.
  • Computer engineering technology.
  • Mechatronics engineering technology.
  • Robotics engineering technology.
  • Industrial technology.
  • Graphics and multimedia.
  • Technology management and more!


Accreditation: Programs in Applied Engineering and Technology are accredited by ETAC of ABET; the Accrediting Council for Collegiate Graphic Communications; the Association of Technology, Management and Applied Engineering; and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.

Prior Learning Assessments: Cal U makes it a priority to help you determine the best path to degree completion. If you've completed certificates, certifications, workforce training, apprenticeships, or have on-the-job work experience, you can employ a Prior Learning Assessment process to convert the educational attainment from those experiences into academic credits!

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Graduate faster by transferring up to 90 degree credits from previous courses at accredited institutions.
Your degree will focus on two or more programs of study that are integrated around a unifying technology theme or topic.
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Degree Benefits

As a Cal U science and technology multidisciplinary studies student, you'll benefit from:

  • A fully customizable degree that is designed to meet workforce needs.
  • A sound educational foundation without rigid specialization requirements.
  • Advanced knowledge and higher-level skills for career advancement to management and professional careers in the workforce.
  • Services to enroll, retain and graduate non-traditional students, as well as degree completion services for returning students.
  • Career support and connections with top employers.
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Graduate Outcomes


A bachelor's degree in science and technology multidisciplinary studies will provide you with customized STEM skills that meet the ever-changing needs of business and industry. You will be able to take advantage of the rapidly expanding technician-level and managerial-level employment opportunities available in the new economy. Over the past three years, 97% of alumni who responded to surveys had successfully obtained employment.

Science and Technology Multidisciplinary Studies Bachelor's Degree
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Top Rated Facilities

On-campus courses for science and technology multidisciplinary studies include many labs in three different buildings: Eberly Science and Technology Center, Helsel Hall and Coover Hall. You'll have access to an EET analog lab, a digital/embedded systems lab, labs for CADD/drafting, materials testing, automation/robotics and mechatronics, manufacturing technology, STEM prototyping/3D printing, digital prepress, electronics and more.

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Exceptional Professors

At Cal U, you'll learn from professors who are experts in their fields and steeped in real-world experience. Our science and technology multidisciplinary studies faculty members have cumulatively contributed to hundreds of scholarly books, magazines and journals.


Bachelor's Degree Courses


Course Credits
General Education 40 or 41
ENG 101  Composition I  3
MAT 181  College Algebra 3
UNI 100  First Year Seminar 1
Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Course 3
Fine Arts Course 3
General Education Courses 9
Health and Wellness Course 3
Humanities Course 3
Natural Sciences Course 3 or 4
Public Speaking Course 3
Technological Literacy Course  3
Social Sciences Course  3
Program Requirements 60
Capstone Area 3
Discipline Program Areas 33
STEM Area 24
Electives 19 or 20
Free Electives* 19 or 20
Total 120

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 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 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 (30) of the last 45 credits have to be taken at California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U). 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. All credit awarded for work and other non-traditional experience is called "college equivalent" credit and is transcript 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 that 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- or 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 advance-standing courses, 120- credit graduation requirement and must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average to qualify for graduation.

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Multidisciplinary Studies Faculty

Dr. Vamsi Borra
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Mark E. Bronakowski
Professor; Graphics and Multimedia Program Coordinator

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Dr. Larry D. Horath

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Dr. Rene L. Kruse

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Aleksandra Prokic
Assistant Professor

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Ghassan A. Salim
Assistant Professor

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Joseph G. Schickel
AET Chair and Assistant Professor

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Jeffrey S. Sumey
Associate Professor

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Dr. John M. Thompson

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Susan E. Urbine
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Jennifer Wilburn
Assistant Professsor; Program Coordinator

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