Interdisciplinary Sciences

Degree:Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Major:Interdisciplinary Sciences
Specializations:Interdisciplinary Sciences
Zoo Science
Minor:Interdisciplinary Sciences
College:Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering
CIP Code:30.0101
Semester Hours Required For Degree: 120

Interdisciplinary Science

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Building 4, Room 237 (850) 474-3018 https://uwf.edu/hmcse/ pmoorer@uwf.edu


Zoo Science 

Building Phone Website Email
Building 58C, Room 104A (850) 474-2748 https://uwf.edu/hmcse/departments/biology/ biology@uwf.edu

The Interdisciplinary Science program is designed for students who want a broadly based education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math rather than an in-depth study of one field. The program covers two specializations:  Zoo Science (BS) and Interdisciplinary Sciences (BS). Because some professional and graduate schools prefer their applicants to demonstrate excellence in a specific discipline, the interdisciplinary science major considering graduate or professional (dentistry, medicine, optometry or veterinary medicine) studies should consult a faculty advisor.

Interdisciplinary Sciences Specialization

The BS in Interdisciplinary Sciences is a multidisciplinary program that provides a strong foundation in one area of the sciences and flexibility to add content and skills from other HMCSE STEM programs.  The academic goal of this program is to afford students the opportunity to make connections between ideas and concepts across disciplinary boundaries and to be capable of defining and examining scientific problems from an interdisciplinary perspective. 

The BS in Interdisciplinary Sciences is built upon a foundation within the UWF HMCSE STEM disciplines (Biology, Earth & Environmental Sciences, and Computer Science) and allows for additional coursework from Chemistry, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Information Technology, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics.

Program Requirements

In addition to the university’s general requirements, students seeking the B.S. in Interdisciplinary Sciences must meet the requirements listed below.

A grade of “C-” or better is required in all courses applied to this academic program. Consult with your academic advisor for courses that may satisfy both the General Education requirements and program course prerequisites.

General Education

Interdisciplinary Science majors should satisfy the mathematics (6 sh) and science (7 sh) components of General Education with course work taken from the recommendations shown below.

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum:

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 

Common Prerequisites

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.

Biology and Computer Science Track Common Prerequisites

Biology and Computer Science Common Prerequisites23
Biology I (+Lab)
Biology II (+Lab)
General Chemistry I (+Lab)
General Chemistry II (+Lab)
Organic Chemistry I (+Lab)
COP XXXX
Intro to Programming in ADA, C, C++, Pascal or equivalent language
Choose one: 3-4
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
Elements of Statistics
Choose one of the following groups:8
Algebra-Based Physics I (+Lab)
Algebra-Based Physics II (+Lab)
or
Calculus-Based Physics I (+Lab)
Calculus-Based Physics II (+Lab)
Total Hours34-35

Biology and Earth & Environmental Sciences Track Common Prerequisites 

Biology and Earth & Environmental Sciences Common Prerequisites19-20
Biology I (+Lab)
General Chemistry I (+Lab)
General Chemistry II (+Lab)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
Elements of Statistics
Physical Geology (+Lab)
Choose one: 4
Biology II (+Lab)
or
General Botany (+Lab)
Choose one of the following groups:8
Algebra-Based Physics I (+Lab)
Algebra-Based Physics II (+Lab)
or
Calculus-Based Physics I (+Lab)
Calculus-Based Physics II (+Lab)
Total Hours31-32

Computer Science and Earth & Environmental Sciences Track Common Prerequisites 

Computer Science and Earth & Environmental Sciences Common Prerequisites30
Biology I (+Lab)
Biology II (+Lab)
General Chemistry I (+Lab)
General Chemistry II (+Lab)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
Elements of Statistics
COP XXXX
Intro to Programming in ADA, C, C++, Pascal or equivalent language
Physical Geology (+Lab)
Choose one group:8
Algebra-Based Physics I (+Lab)
Algebra-Based Physics II (+Lab)
or
Calculus-Based Physics I (+Lab)
Calculus-Based Physics II (+Lab)
Total Hours38

Lower Division Electives

Students must complete sufficient 1000/2000 level electives to complete at least 60 semester hours in the lower division. Current UWF students may use elective courses at any level (1000-4000) to meet this elective requirement. *8-12
Total Hours8-12


Tier 1 Major Courses

Students must complete a minimum of 24 sh of Tier 1 courses for their chosen track. At least six (6) sh must be completed from each discipline in the chosen track.

Biology and Computer Science Track

Biology Course Options
PCB 3103+LCell Biology (+Lab)4
PCB 3063Genetics3
MCB 3020+LMicrobiology (+Lab)4
BCH 3033+LBiochemistry I (+Lab)4
PCB 4233+LImmunology (+Lab)4
PCB 4524+LMolecular Biology (+Lab)4
PCB 4673Principles of Evolution3
PCB 4922Biology Seminar1
PCB 4098+LConcepts in Human Physiology (+Lab)4
PCB 4723+LComparative Animal Physiology (+Lab)4
Computer Science Options
CEN 3031Software Engineering I3
COP 3014Algorithm and Program Design3
COP 3022Intermediate Computer Programming3
COP 3530Data Structures and Algorithms I3
COP 4710Database Systems3
COT 3100Discrete Structures3
Total Hours24

Biology and Earth & Environmental Sciences Track 

Biology Course Options
PCB 3103+LCell Biology (+Lab)4
PCB 3063+LGenetics (+Lab)4
MCB 3020+LMicrobiology (+Lab)4
BCH 3033+LBiochemistry I (+Lab)4
PCB 3097LIntroduction to Human Anatomy Laboratory3
PCB 4233+LImmunology (+Lab)4
PCB 4524+LMolecular Biology (+Lab)4
PCB 4673Principles of Evolution3
PCB 4922Biology Seminar1
PCB 4098+LConcepts in Human Physiology (+Lab)4
PCB 4723+LComparative Animal Physiology (+Lab)4
Earth & Environmental Sciences Options
GEO 3210Geomorphology3
GEO 4221+LCoastal Morphology and Processes (+Lab)4
GEO 4250+LWeather and Climate (+Lab)4
GEO 4260+LGeography of Soils (+Lab)4
GEO 4280+LBasic Hydrology (+Lab)4
GEO 4357Environment and Economy3
GIS 4043+LGeographic Information Systems (+Lab)4
Total Hours24

Computer Science and Earth & Environmental Sciences Track

Computer Science Options
CEN 3031Software Engineering I3
COP 3014Algorithm and Program Design3
COP 3022Intermediate Computer Programming3
COP 3530Data Structures and Algorithms I3
COP 4710Database Systems3
COT 3100Discrete Structures3
Earth & Environmental Sciences Options
GEO 3210Geomorphology3
GEO 4221+LCoastal Morphology and Processes (+Lab)4
GEO 4250+LWeather and Climate (+Lab)4
GEO 4260+LGeography of Soils (+Lab)4
GEO 4280+LBasic Hydrology (+Lab)4
GEO 4357Environment and Economy3
GIS 4043+LGeographic Information Systems (+Lab)4
Total Hours24

Tier 2 Courses

Students are required to complete a minimum total of 24 sh of which at least 18 sh must be earned at the 3000- or 4000-level within one contributing HMCSE department (Biology, Computer Sciences, or Earth & Environmental Sciences).  The additional six sh of Tier 2 credit must be earned at the 3000- or 4000-level from a contributing HMCSE department (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics or Earth & Environmental Sciences); these hours may be earned in a different department than those in which the 18 sh above were earned. 

All Tier 2 courses must have as a prerequisite one of the Tier 1 courses listed below; i.e., the Tier 2 courses must be accomplished at a higher level than the Tier 1 courses. 

Upper-division hours in one HMCSE program18
Upper-division hours in HMCSE programs other than above6
Total Hours24

Minor

Students are strongly encouraged to consider the pursuit of a Minor as part of their academic program.  The Minor should improve their career readiness by providing additional marketable skills and content knowledge.  With advisor approval, the Minor may be earned outside of HMCSE.

Advisor-approved Minor courses15-18

Zoo Science Specialization

The Zoo Science Specialization is designed for and limited to students who have completed an A.S. in Zoo Animal Technology from Santa Fe College (Gainesville, FL). It provides further study of the field with an emphasis on the biological sciences. The specialization has been designed to prepare students for a wide variety of careers in the animal industry, in such fields as zookeeper, curator, or director or operating one’s own animal industry business. It is not designed as a pre-veterinary medicine program and does not include all of the courses normally required for admission to a college of veterinary medicine.

A minimum grade of "C-" or better required in all courses.  Biology Program minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.

General Education

In addition to the General Education requirements listed on this page, students must satisfy all additional University requirements, including the Gordon Rule, multicultural, and foreign language requirements. With appropriate planning and coordination with an academic advisor, students may satisfy some of the general University requirements through the General Education curriculum. For a complete listing of general degree requirements, refer to the "University Requirements" section of this catalog.

General Education Curriculum 

Students transferring from Florida Community Colleges with an A.S. should consult with an advisor in the department before determining which other courses will need to be taken to complete UWF’s General Education Program.

Multicultural Requirement

Civic Literacy Requirement

The 2017 Florida Legislature amended Section 1007.25, Florida Statutes, to require students initially entering a State University System (SUS) and/or Florida College System (FCS) institution in 2018-2019 and thereafter to demonstrate competency in civic literacy.  The 2021 Legislature further amended Florida Statutes, requiring students to complete both a civic literacy course and exam. As a result, there are three cohorts of students currently matriculating at Florida public institutions subject to varying requirements. As demonstrated in the table below, the exact civic literacy requirements are based on the academic term in which a student first enrolled in a Florida public institution.

Students Included in Cohort Civic Literacy Competency Requirement
Cohort 1: Students first entering the SUS or FCS prior to fall 2018 None
Cohort 2: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in fall 2018 – summer A 2021 Complete a course or exam
Cohort 3: Students first entering the SUS or FCS in summer B 2021 (on or after July 1, 2021) and thereafter Complete both a course and exam

Additionally, the 2021 Legislature made two additional exceptions: approving the use of accelerated mechanisms for meeting the course competency requirement and exempting high school students who pass the Florida Civic Literacy Exam in high school from the postsecondary exam requirement. These two changes are in effect for Cohort 3.

There are multiple ways to satisfy this requirement. Students should work with their academic advisor to determine which option is best for their degree requirements/degree plan. 

Additional information can be found on our Civic Literacy website.

*BOG 8.006s.1007.25(4,a-b) 


Common Prerequisites:

State-mandated common prerequisites must be completed prior to graduation, but are not required for admission to the program. See the Common Prerequisite Manual for course substitutions from Florida colleges and universities.


There are no specified common prerequisites for this major. All Florida College System students are encouraged to complete the Associate degree. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area at the intended transfer institution. 


Major Required Courses

CHM 2045+LGeneral Chemistry I (+Lab)4
CHM 2046+LGeneral Chemistry II (+Lab)4
BSC 2844Biology Skills (recommended in first year at UWF)1
BSC 2011+LBiology II (+Lab)4
BSC 4303Biogeography3
PCB 3063+LGenetics (+Lab)4
PCB 3043+LEcology (+Lab)4
BSC 4860Conservation Biology3
PCB 4723Comparative Animal Physiology3
ZOO 4513Animal Behavior3
MAN 3025Management Fundamentals3
MAR 3023Marketing Fundamentals3
Total Hours39

Major-Related Courses

Choose three of the following courses:9-11
Principles of Evolution
Marine Invertebrate Zoology
Marine Vertebrate Zoology
Ichthyology
Avian Science
Marine Mammalogy
Choose two of the following courses:4-6
Accounting for Non-Majors *
Personal Computer Applications
Principles of Economic Theory and Public Policy *
Biostatistics
PCB 4905
Biology Directed Study
3000/4000 level Business Elective *
Total Hours13-17

*, choosing these 2 business courses affords students the opportunity to earn a Business minor. Business minors must also include a computer literacy course. See advisor for details. 

Upper-Division Electives

Student must complete sufficient 3000/4000 level electives to meet UWF’s requirement of 48 semester hours in the upper-division or complete all departmental requirements at the 3000/4000 level, whichever is greater. Animal Science PAZ may be able to count towards these elective hours. 5-9

Major GPA Calculation:

The upper-division courses (3000-4000 level) with the following prefixes will be used in calculating the major grade point average: BCH, BOT, BSC, HSA, HSC, MLS, PCB, and ZOO.

Interdisciplinary Sciences Minor

A 12 sh Minor in Interdisciplinary Sciences (ISC) is available for students in a wide variety of Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering (HMCSE) and Usha Kundu, MD College of Health (UKMDCOH) majors. The ISC minor provides the opportunity to add value to the major degree and select courses that focus on a particular educational goal or expand their employment opportunities. The ISC minor is especially appropriate for students who require professional school prerequisite courses not included in their current major, for example, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physician Assistant professional schools.

Students should assess the prerequisites for upper-division courses they wish to take to complete the minor.

Choice of prerequisites as required by chosen professional school:0-60
Anatomy and Physiology I (+Lab)
Anatomy and Physiology II (+Lab)
Biology I (+Lab)
Biology II (+Lab)
General Chemistry I (+Lab)
General Chemistry II (+Lab)
Organic Chemistry I (+Lab)
Organic Chemistry II (+Lab)
Calculus-Based Physics I (+Lab)
Calculus-Based Physics II (+Lab)
Algebra-Based Physics I (+Lab)
Algebra-Based Physics II (+Lab)
Public Speaking
Introduction to Sociology
General Psychology
Students must complete 12 sh of advisor-approved 3000/4000 level electives in a field related to the student’s career objectives from UKMDCOH AND/OR HMCSE12
Total Hours12-72