The Individualized Study Program awards both BA and BS degrees to UMBC undergraduates who have used the INDS 335 class to assemble a degree proposal and had this proposal approved by the Individualized Study Committee (ISC).

Each of our students works with INDS staff and two hand-picked members drawn from the broader UMBC faculty and/or professional world to create this individualized education program. In addition to providing a core curriculum to help students combine courses from different disciplines, we also encourage internships and independent research.

From 1969-1979, INDS was called Option II. From 1979-2018, INDS was called Interdisciplinary Studies. In 2018, it was renamed Individualized Study.

Recent Submissions

  • Adaptive Properties of the Genetically Encoded Amino Acid Alphabet Are Inherited from Its Subsets 

    Ilardo, Melissa; Bose, Rudrarup; Meringer, Markus; Rasulev, Bakhtiyor; Grefenstette, Natalie; Stephenson, James; Freeland, Stephen; Gillams, Richard J.; Butch, Christopher J.; Cleaves II, James (natureresearch, 2019-08-28)
    Life uses a common set of 20 coded amino acids (CAAs) to construct proteins. This set was likely canonicalized during early evolution; before this, smaller amino acid sets were gradually expanded as new synthetic, proofreading ...