INDIVIDUALIZED STUDIES

Associate of Science
Individualized Studies (BP/EP)

Overview

As more industry partners and students come to us with niche needs and skills, this flexible degree option provides the rigor and focus needed for individual student’s career goals that are not represented in other degree offerings. The AS degree in Individualized Studies is 60 credits in length. A key component of this degree is the required 2 credit CCDS1500 course. In this course, a student is exposed to career development theory and develops the resources, contacts and skills necessary to design a degree program that will prepare them for success. Through consultation with their instructor, other faculty and industry representatives, a student will construct a degree plan that meets both the requirements of MnSCU's "Design Criteria for Undergraduate Individualized Programs" policy and HTC requirements for a degree. This degree plan, along with an assessment plan, will be key outcomes of the CCDS1500 course. The degree plan will then go on file with the Registrar. After successfully completing this degree plan and demonstrating that the assessment plan has been met, which will be checked through the CCDS1510 course, the student will then be eligible for graduation.

If, at some point, a student needs to alter their designed degree plan after initial approval, they may sign up for CCDS1505, which allows them the opportunity to get approval for alterations to their degree plan through further consultation with the instructor, other faculty and industry representatives.

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities for this degree are as numerous as the potential individualized degree plans. Each degree plan will be focused on a specific career goal. This specific career goal will be determined when the individualized student undergoes the CCDS1500 course.

Guidelines

Per the "Design Criteria for Undergraduate Individualized Programs, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities", curriculum designs may be one of three types: Multidisciplinary, Interdisciplinary and Intradisciplinary.

Definitions

  • Multidisciplinary means coursework is in more than one discipline in unrelated areas, for example, biology and psychology.
  • Interdisciplinary means coursework is in more than one discipline, but the coursework is tied together thematically, for example, gerontological studies.
  • Intradisciplinary means coursework is all within the same discipline for example, computer science.

Credit Length: 60 credits

OPTION A:

Degree Type Technical Requirements General Education Requirements
Multidisciplinary Minimum of 28 credits required in at least 2 unrelated areas of study Minimum of 30 MnTC Gen Ed
credits from at least 6 goal areas
Interdisciplinary Minimum of 28 credits required in at least 2 thematically related areas of study Minimum of 30 MnTC Gen Ed
credits from at least 6 goal areas
Intradisciplinary Minimum of 28 credits from 1 area of study Minimum of 30 MnTC Gen Ed
credits from at least 6 goal areas

OPTION B:

Degree Type Technical Requirements General Education Requirements
Multidisciplinary Minimum of 18 credits required in at least 2 unrelated areas of study Minimum of 40 MnTC Gen Ed
credits from at least 10 goal areas
Interdisciplinary Minimum of 18 credits required in at least 2 thematically related areas of study Minimum of 40 MnTC Gen Ed
credits from at least 10 goal areas
Intradisciplinary Minimum of 18 credits from 1 area of study Minimum of 40 MnTC Gen Ed
credits from at least 10 goal areas

* An articulation agreement has been developed with Metropolitan State’s Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies.



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