Each of the Interdisciplinary Degree Programs' concentrations offers a curriculum that allows students to combine coursework from three or more departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, a number of interdisciplinary and special-interest
courses are offered through the IDP. There are also options to incorporate courses from other areas of the university, allowing students to obtain a broad range of skills and education.
The typical class size for: Freshman/introductory courses is: 40-200 Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 30-200 Upper level/advanced courses is: 15-45
In the IDP, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do? Many courses in the social sciences interdisciplinary programs' curricula originate in other departments, where teaching assistants may be assigned
instructional or grading duties.
The IDP faculty, though limited in number, not only teach courses applicable to the program's degree tracks, but are also involved in the advisement of IDP majors, a function that is vitally important for students selecting courses from a number of different
departments. Many of the IDP faculty are professionals in their field.
Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities
The Interdisciplinary Degree Programs' concentrations offer an opportunity to focus studies on a particular topic whose breadth and diversity overlap several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience Internships The program in Environmental Studies includes practical fieldwork through an internship experience. Often BA and BS degree students work in local environmental agencies or companies. The primary
academic emphases of the internships notwithstanding, many graduates have found the experience beneficial when seeking employment.
The UB Environmental Network is an environment-focused student organization composed primarily of students in the environmental studies concentration.
Their activities include environmental awareness and advocacy, sponsoring campus speakers, and organizing Earth Day programs.