Liberal Studies

Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

What is Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences?

The Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) program allows students to connect the values and ideals of the Humanities and the Arts with a deep understanding of the Sciences and Engineering. The IAS Core curriculum stresses oral and written communication, quantitative and scientific analysis, ethical problem solving, and critical thinking, whereas the IAS Concentration allows students to ask and answer questions from multiple perspectives.

At Montana Tech, students often collaborate with faculty on research projects in areas such as archeological and medical research, online social interactions and genetic influences to behavior. Recent graduates work in fields as exciting and varied as addiction counseling to career placement organizations and state government positions. An IAS degree gives students a well-rounded and marketable education in the humanities and sciences. Students are exposed to skill-sets that can fluidly move between disciplines. Because IAS students can choose between a variety of electives, they are well prepared for a variety of careers based on their interests.

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The only B.S. in Arts and Sciences in the state of Montana
Only BS in the Arts and Sciences in the State
Highly Personalized Learning Environment
Highly Personalized Learning Environment

What Types of Skills Do You Need?

  • A knack for oral and written communication
  • A diverse set of interests including both Sciences and the Arts
  • A desire to understand and solve big-picture problems
  • Curiosity about the world and societies
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment

What Can You Do With Your Degree?

A bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences will prepare you for a career in every industry including government, advertising, healthcare, consultancy, social work, journalism, and more. Graduates also use their degree in IAS to prepare for graduate school in areas such as business, education, law, history, and psychology.



The department of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at Montana Tech is recognized and accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS).

William Chance Scholarship

William Chance Scholarship

The Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Department awards The William Chance Scholarship each academic year. The amount of the scholarship varies, depending on the number of applicants. Each applicant should have a GPA of 3.0 and be able to show involvement in college or community service. For more information please contact: Professor Michael Masters (

Steps to Earning an IAS Degree

Complete Core Courses – Competencies in the following areas:
  • Written Communication
  • Speech and Interpersonal Communication
  • Literature and The Arts
  • History
  • Human Sciences
  • Philosophical and Political Thinking
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Foundations of Science

Complete a Multidisciplinary Concentration by:

  • Choosing a Designed Path in
  • Professional and Technical Communication
  • The Politics of Representation
  • Interpreting Humanity
  • Business, Government, and Professional Communication
  • Human BioCultural Evolution
  • Energy Development and the Use of the Natural Environment


Combine two or more Montana Tech Minors or Certificates including (but not limited to):

  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Data Science
  • Mathematics
  • Network Technology
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Statistics
  • Health Information Technology
  • Professional Landman
  • Environmental Restoration


  • Work with your faculty advisor to design your own concentration

Participate in a Capstone Experience by choosing either:

An undergraduate research experience (often for students interested in continuing to graduate or professional school)


A professional internship (often for students planning to engage the workforce immediately after graduation)

As one of the few Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences B.S. degrees in the country, the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS) program provides a well-rounded and multidisciplinary education. The IAS Core curriculum stresses oral and written communication, quantitative and scientific analysis, ethical problem solving, and critical thinking, whereas the IAS Concentration allows students to ask and answer questions from multiple perspectives.

Students interested in earning a B.S. in Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences can contact the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Department ( or 406-496-4275) to speak with a faculty member. 

The Faculty of the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Department stand united for the ideals of diversity, acceptance, and inclusion at our university. We welcome all students to learn to the best of their abilities on our campus in an environment free from racism, sexism, bigotry, harassment, and oppression. We uphold these ideals ourselves, and strongly encourage our colleagues across the university both to uphold these ideals, and to teach them when appropriate to our students as a way to move human society forward.

Foundations of the Humanities and Social Sciences

Students interested in the field of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, may spend the first two years at Montana Tech in preparation for transfer to specific degree programs at other institutions. Advisors in the College of Letters, Sciences, and Professional Studies will assist the student in planning a program to meet student objectives and satisfy transfer requirements. Contact the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences department at 406-496-4275 for assistance.

General Studies, Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.)

The Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degree at Montana Tech is designed for individuals who have completed an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and want to pursue additional education to strengthen their planned or previous training and improve career advancement opportunities. The students pursuing a General Studies BAS build a tailored degree plan that suits their specific academic and professional goals.  Students completing an AAS degree can contact the IAS department for more information: or 406-496-4275.