Carnegie Mellon University

BXA Intercollege Degree Programs

Interdisciplinary Academics + Arts

BSA Curriculum

The Bachelor of Science and Arts (BSA) is an intercollege degree that combines the rigorous science education of the Mellon College of Science (MCS) and the artistic and technical resources of the College of Fine Arts (CFA). BSA students combine their CFA concentration with a concentration in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Neurobiology or Physics.

BSA General Education 129
MCS Concentration 114-144
CFA Concentration 108-114
Free Electives 0-29
Total BSA Degree Requirements 380 units

Undergraduate Catalog

BSA General Education

The BSA General Education is a distinctive core curriculum that provides a foundation in humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics. In addition, students are required to fulfill BXA-specific courses.

BSA General Education [pdf]

MCS Concentration

Students choose their science concentration from among the departments in MCS: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Neurobiology or Physics.

The BSA MCS Concentration Declaration Form [pdf] must be submitted by spring mid-semester break of the first year. 

Biological Sciences [pdf]
Chemistry [pdf]
Environmental & Sustainability Studies [pdf]
Mathematical Sciences [pdf]
Neurobiology [pdf]
Physics [pdf]

CFA Concentration

Students choose their fine arts concentration from among the following schools in CFA: Architecture, Art, Design, Drama or Music. A student must meet entry requirements for the specific CFA school of their choice. While in the BCSA Program, a student may change their CFA concentration only if they pass all admission requirements for that particular CFA school.

Architecture [pdf]
Art [pdf]
Design [pdf]
Drama [pdf]
Music [pdf]

Free Electives

Take any Carnegie Mellon course. Many students use their electives to broaden or deepen their concentrations. A maximum of 9 units of physical education and/or military science may be counted toward this requirement.