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Inter-College Program B.S.

CCE Individualized Degree and Inter-College Prog
College of Continuing Education
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 50
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
Founded in 1930, the Inter-College Program (ICP) embodies the University of Minnesota's commitment to individualized undergraduate education by providing cross-college, course/credit-based degree options. Drawing upon the curricular offerings of most of the University's colleges and departments, students design either a bachelor of arts (B.A.) or a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree incorporating a significant amount of coursework from at least two different colleges within the University system. Bachelor of science degrees are those that pertain to the physical or biological sciences, have significant quantitative or investigative tools/methods expectations, or have a pronounced applied/professional component (e.g., public health, education, business, social work). Most students design a degree drawing from two or three departmental areas from the University. Examples include addiction studies and psychology, or Carlson School of Management, manufacturing technology, and economics. ICP is most appropriate for self-directed students whose educational backgrounds and career and intellectual interests require both a clear personal focus and a flexible interdisciplinary approach. Interested students should attend an information session held several times each week. Academic advisers provide a detailed introduction to the program and help students begin the planning process. For more information on the Inter-College Program, visit
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 50 credits before admission to the program.
Students are considered for admission based on a review of their application. The review includes factors such as GPA, grade trends, performance in coursework relevant to proposed areas of study, and demonstrated ability to meet curricular and developmental expectations of individualized undergraduate education. Students must have attended a program information session and an initial degree planning appointment with an adviser. Preferred benchmarks are 2.50 GPA and 50 semester credits completed. Students must develop a degree plan that includes: * Academic and career goals. * Courses proposed for the program. * Approval of the plan from at least two faculty or departmental advisers.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
In applicable departmental areas, successful completion of the following courses will count toward the 50 credits: CHEM 2302, CSCI 2021, DHA 2463, FW 2001, PSY 2801.
ICP Oral Communication Requirement
ABUS 4023W - Communicating for Results [WI] (3.0 cr)
or COMM 1101 - Introduction to Public Speaking [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or COMM 1313W - Analysis of Argument [WI] (3.0 cr)
or COMM 3411 - Introduction to Small Group Communication (3.0 cr)
or COMM 3605W - Persuasive Speaking and Speech Writing [WI] (3.0 cr)
or MGMT 3033W - Business Communication [WI] (3.0 cr)
or PSTL 1461 - Multicultural Perspectives in Public Speaking [CIV] (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3257 - Technical and Professional Presentations (3.0 cr)
ICP Program Options
Two Area Cross-College Program
This plan combines courses from two area cross-college programs, such as Carlson School of Management and mass communications, or computer science and French.
Complete 21 approved credits of upper division coursework in one area of concentration.
Complete 21 approved credits of upper division coursework in a second area of concentration.
Complete 8 supporting upper division credits in approved coursework.
Three Area Cross-College Program
This plan combines courses from three area cross-college programs, such as applied business, communication studies, and psychology, or public health, child psychology, and family social science.
Complete 20 approved credits of upper division coursework in one area of concentration.
Complete 15 approved credits of upper division coursework in a second area of concentration.
Complete 15 approved credits of upper division coursework in a third area of concentration.
Thematic Cross-College Program
The thematic cross-college program, such as aging studies, integrates coursework from several departments--sociology, public health, family social science, and social work. Thematic programs are appropriate only when students' objectives are clearly focused on one topic that cannot be pursued in a two- or three-area program.
Complete 50 approved upper division credits with no more than 15 credits in any one department.
Thematic Health and Wellness Program
The thematic health and wellness program integrates coursework from several departments for students with health-related interests. Students who select this option follow the requirements for the thematic health and wellness program subplan.
Program Sub-plans
A sub-plan is not required for this program.
Honors UHP
This is an honors sub-plan.
Students admitted to the University Honors Program (UHP) must fulfill UHP requirements in addition to degree program requirements. Honors courses used to fulfill degree program requirements will also fulfill UHP requirements. Current departmental honors course offerings are listed at: Honors students complete an honors thesis project in the final year, most often in conjunction with an honors thesis course, or with an honors directed studies or honors directed research course. Students select honors courses and plan for a thesis project in consultation with their UHP adviser and their departmental faculty adviser.
Thematic Health and Wellness Program
Lower Division Health and Wellness Foundation Prerequisites
PSTL 1135 will not be approved in conjunction with a Life Science Focus.
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 1011 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
or PSTL 1131 - Principles of Biological Science [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
or PSTL 1135 - Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology [BIOL] (4.0 cr)
Chemistry Option 1
CHEM 1021 {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1022 {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
or Chemistry Option 2
CHEM 1015 - Introductory Chemistry: Lecture [PHYS] (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1017 - Introductory Chemistry: Laboratory [PHYS] (1.0 cr)
BIOC 2011 - Biochemistry for the Agricultural and Health Sciences (3.0 cr)
FSCN 1112 - Principles of Nutrition (3.0 cr)
APEC 1101 - Principles of Microeconomics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
or APEC 1102 - Principles of Macroeconomics (3.0 cr)
or ECON 1101 - Principles of Microeconomics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
or ECON 1102 - Principles of Macroeconomics (4.0 cr)
Social Science
PSY 1001 - Introduction to Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or PSTL 1281 - Principles of Psychology [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
or SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology [SOCS, DSJ] (4.0 cr)
or PSTL 1211 - Sociological Perspectives: A Multicultural America [SOCS, DSJ] (4.0 cr)
or ANTH 1003W - Understanding Cultures [SOCS, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
or PSTL 2283W {Inactive} [WI] (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Health & Wellness Core Requirements
Students must complete a minimum of 31 upper division credits within the Core by choosing one course from each category. Courses are chosen in consultation with an adviser. Must earn grade of C- or better in all courses and maintain a minimum 2.00 GPA. To be competitive for graduate and professional programs in the health sciences, GPA should be 3.00 or higher.
ANAT 3001 - Human Anatomy (3.0 cr)
or ANAT 3601 - Principles of Human Anatomy (3.0 cr)
or ANAT 3611 - Principles of Human Anatomy (3.0 cr)
or KIN 3027 - Human Anatomy for Kinesiology Students (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3211 - Physiology of Humans and Other Animals (3.0 cr)
or KIN 3385 - Human Physiology (4.0 cr)
or PHSL 3051 - Human Physiology (4.0 cr)
or PHSL 3061 - Principles of Physiology (4.0 cr)
PHAR 1002 - Medical Terminology (2.0 cr)
or PHAR 5201 - Applied Health Sciences Terminology (2.0 cr)
Public Health
PUBH 3001 - Personal and Community Health (2.0 cr)
or PUBH 3004 - Basic Concepts in Personal and Community Health (4.0 cr)
Health and Fitness
KIN 3001 - Lifetime Health and Wellness [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
FSCN 3612 - Life Cycle Nutrition (3.0 cr)
or FSCN 3614 - Nutrition Education and Counseling (3.0 cr)
or FSCN 3615 - Sociocultural Aspects of Food, Nutrition, and Health [GP] (3.0 cr)
or FSCN 4612 - Advanced Human Nutrition (4.0 cr)
or FSCN 4614 - Community Nutrition [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 3905 - Nutrition for Public Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (2.0 cr)
EPSY 3264 - Basic and Applied Statistics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or NURS 3710 - Statistics for Clinical Practice and Research [MATH] (3.0 cr)
or PSY 3801 - Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or SOC 3811 - Basic Social Statistics [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or STAT 3011 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or STAT 3021 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3.0 cr)
LAMP 4177 - Nature of Disease: Pathology for Allied Health Students (3.0 cr)
Note: Some of these courses have a micro- or macroeconomics prerequisite.
ABUS 4705 - Leadership and Management for the Professional Practice (3.0 cr)
or ABUS 4707 - Financial Management for the Professional Practice (3.0 cr)
or APEC 3801 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or HSM 3521 - Health Care Delivery Systems (3.0 cr)
or HSM 4541 - Health Care Finance (3.0 cr)
or HSM 4561 - Health Care Administration and Management (3.0 cr)
or PUBH 3801 - Health Economics and Policy (3.0 cr)
PHIL 3302W - Moral Problems of Contemporary Society [CIV, WI] (4.0 cr)
or PHIL 3305 - Medical Ethics (4.0 cr)
Complementary/Alternative Healing
CSPH 1001 - Principles of Holistic Health and Healing (2.0 cr)
or CSPH 5101 - Introduction to Integrative Healing Practices (3.0 cr)
Communication Upper Division
ABUS 4023W - Communicating for Results [WI] (3.0 cr)
or HSM 4501 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3029W - Business and Professional Writing [WI] (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3221W - Communication Modes and Methods [WI] (4.0 cr)
or WRIT 3257 - Technical and Professional Presentations (3.0 cr)
or WRIT 3562W - Technical and Professional Writing [WI] (4.0 cr)
Upper Division Health and Wellness Emphases/Foci/Specialties
Complete at least 12 to 16 upper division credits in one departmental area such as addiction, business, communication, complementary medicine, life science, nutrition, public health, sexuality, social science, social work, or youth studies. Any relevant department, certificate, or minor can be considered. Courses are chosen in consultation with an adviser. Must earn grade of C- or better in all courses. Overall emphasis/focus/specialty GPA must be at least 2.00.
Upper Division Health and Wellness Supporting Coursework
To reach the 50 upper division credits required for the major, students may add courses within the emphasis or add related supporting courses. Courses are chosen in consultation with an adviser. Students must earn a grade of C- or better in all courses.
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View college catalog(s):
· College of Continuing Education

View future requirement(s):
· Fall 2014
· Summer 2014
· Fall 2013
· Spring 2013
· Fall 2012

View sample plan(s):
· Three Area Cross-College Program - Consult with ICP adviser to develop program
· Two Area Cross-College Program - Consult with ICP adviser to develop program
· Thematic Health and Wellness Program - Consult with ICP adviser

View checkpoint chart:
· Inter-College Program B.S.
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