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 PennWest California'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: PennWest California 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 PennWest California 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 PennWest California, 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 Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
Any Public Speaking Course
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 181  College Algebra
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
Any Technological Literacy Course
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Sciences Course
3 or 4
Social Sciences
Any Social Sciences Course
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • Additional General Education Courses (three courses)
Professional Program Core* 60
STEM Area Courses 24
Capstone Area Course 3
Discipline Program Areas Courses 33
Free Electives 19 or 20
Select free electives that build the B.S. in Science and Technology: Multidisciplinary Studies degree 19 or 20
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any approved Upper-Division Special Experience Course from the Eberly College of Science and Technology program disciplines: BIO, CET, CHE, CIS, CSC, DMT, EAS, EET, ENS, GEO, GET, GIS, GLG, IST, ITE, MAT, NMT, MTR, PHY, REC, RET, TOU and WFD
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): Any approved Upper-Division Writing Courses from the Eberly College of Science and Technology program disciplines: BIO, CET, CHE, CIS, CSC, DMT, EAS, EET, ENS, GEO, GET, GIS, GLG, IST, ITE, MAT, NMT, MTR, PHY, REC, RET, TOU and WFD
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): Any approved Laboratory Course from the Eberly College of Science and Technology program disciplines: BIO, CET, CHE, CIS, CSC, DMT, EAS, EET, ENS, GEO, GET, GIS, GLG, IST, ITE, MAT, NMT, MTR, PHY, REC, RET and WFD

* Requires students to develop an approved academic plan of study with a faculty adviser and/or department chair from the student's selected professional program core. 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.

  • Select from these professional program core discipline codes: BIO, CET, CHE, CIS, CSC, DMT, EAS, EET, ENS, GEO, GET, GIS, GLG, IST, ITE, MAT, MTR, NMT, PHY, REC, RET, TOU, UAS and WFD.
  • The "Professional Core" will have a minimum of 6 credits of Science, 6 credits of Technology, 6 credits of Mathematics and 3 credits from a Capstone experience course. ("General Education" requirements that overlap with these requirements can count toward the "Professional Core" requirement; however, students will still need to meet the 120-credit graduation requirement.)
  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 credits in a special area of interest (300- or 400-level courses from one of the following disciplines): BIO, CET, CHE, CIS, CSC, DMT, EAS, EET, ENS, GEO, GET, GIS, GLG, IST, ITE, MAT, MTR, NMT, PHY, REC, RET, TOU, UAS and WFD. This applies to the "Professional Core" and advanced-standing course requirements.

Additional Program Notes:

  • Students are required to take 42 minimum credits of advanced-level classes.
  • 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 Cal U. In addition, students must complete at least 50% of the major coursework within their department from Cal U, with the exception of intra-system transfer students.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 GPA to qualify for graduation.

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