Interdisciplinary Programs

Biochemistry Major
(See Chemistry Department)

International Studies Major
(See Modern Languages and Literatures Department)

Native American Studies Major
(See Center for Native American Studies)

Neuroscience Major
(See Biology Department or Psychology Department)

Science Technologist Major
(See Clinical Sciences Department)

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental/Pre-Physician Assistant/Pre-Chiropractic Programs
(See Preprofessional program site)

Secondary Education Integrated Science Major
The Biology, Chemistry, Education, Geography, and Physics departments cooperatively offer this program to students interested in certification to teach science at the secondary-school level from an integrated science perspective. Students with this major must minor in either biology, education, chemistry education, earth science education or physics education. The major prepares students to be endorsed both in integrated science and in the specific discipline of the major.

Advising for this major is provided by faculty in the School of Education

All students majoring in general science must complete the State of Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) subject examinations in two areas: the science examination and the appropriate subject examination of the minor option selected for endorsement on one's teaching certificate–either biology, chemistry, physics or earth science.

Secondary Education Industrial Technology
(See Education, Leadership and Public Service Department)

Secondary Education Social Studies Major
The secondary education social studies major consists of two courses–three semester hours each, minimum–in each of the following four required areas: economics, geography, history, and political science. The additional credits comprising the 36 required hours may be accumulated by taking courses in any one or more of the four required areas. One course must be at the 300-400 level. Although advisement is provided by the History department, students must meet the criteria for admission and retention in the Teacher Education program (see Education).

Sports Science Major
(See School of Health and Human Performance)

Cluster Minors
Cluster minors developed with course work from two or more departments outside the student's major are interdisciplinary. Cluster minors are available only for those majors which have received approval from the Committee on Undergraduate Programs and are so indicated in the department's section of the bulletin. Students opting for cluster minors must have the cluster approved in writing on the appropriate form, and forwarded to the Degree Audits Office during their junior year of study. Forms are available from the major department, and must receive approval from all departments who offer courses included in the cluster.

Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor
Explores the meaning and significance of gender in human experience from an interdisciplinary perspective. It combines the perspectives of women’s studies, feminist studies, lesbian and gay studies, queer studies, and men’s studies to give a broad perspective on domains such as gender roles, sexuality and social status. The interdisciplinary focus of this minor provides students with an appreciation of the diversity of approaches to studying gender, and the opportunity to integrate these approaches for a deeper understanding of the role of gender in society. Competency in both gender issues and the complex dominance and subordination effects of gender roles will help prepare students for both graduate training and employment. A list of courses used in this minor must be developed in consultation with the Director of the Gender & Sexuality Studies program. Please contact to schedule an appointment. When approved, a copy of the list will be filed in the Registrar’s Office. Students may not take more than eight credits from any one department.

Group Science Minor
This minor is available only to students with a major in chemistry ACS certified. (See Chemistry Department.)

Human Services Group Minor
Psychology Behavior Analysis majors only.(See Psychology Department.)

Native American Studies Minor
(See Center for Native American Studies)

Religious Studies Minor
(See Religious Studies Minor in Philosophy Department)

Individually Created Programs at NMU

Individually Created Program (ICP) Baccalaureate Degree

This program is designed for students with clearly defined educational goals that do not correspond with existing programs at Northern Michigan University. It leads to a B.A. or B.S. degree with the term "Individually Created Program" appearing in place of the major on the transcript. Students in consultation with their advisers develop a program of individualized concentration which is then submitted to the ICP Committee. Students can select their own advisers or obtain advice in the Degree Audits Office about which advisers might be most suitable. Once the program is drawn up and approved by the ICP Committee, an approved outline is filed with the registrar as an official contract. Any changes in the contract are submtted to the ICP Committtee and filed. The committee may withdraw approval on the recommendation of the adviser in cases where the student's academic capacities clearly fall short of the stated goals.

The following guidelines apply to the degree:

  1. Students must obtain a "C" (2.00) or better in all courses in the concentration.
  2. Students must complete 40 credits after the program is approved.
  3. The program must include 40 credits at the upper division (300-400) level.
  4. Liberal Studies: Students must complete a minimum of 40 credits for all degrees. (Students cannot "double count" courses in the liberal studies and the concentration.)
  5. The program may not include courses that would comprise more than 80% of any approved departmental major.
  6. Students interested in an individually created program within the College of Business will coordinate with a College of Business adviser. If it is determined that more than 25% of the individually created program is appropriate in business, the adviser will make certain that the courses chosen meet the common body of knowledge requirements of The American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business.
  7. Students with a concentration outside of the College of Business may not take more than 25 percent of their program from courses taught by the College of Business.
  8. Admission into an ICP begins the semester following approval of the ICP committee.