Why Integrated Sciences?
- Challenge yourself with interesting and difficult problems
- Gain interdisciplinary knowledge needed to tackle complex scientific problems from multiple perspectives
- Develop your intellectual and creative capacities
- Inquiry-based learning methods provide hands-on learning
- Engaging, interactive curriculum that encourages curiosity and collaboration
- Opportunities to collaborate with other students and faculty throughout the COF Center for Sustainability and the Environment
- Research Opportunities - see some examples of work from our current students
The Integrated Sciences Major provides an interdisciplinary grounding in key mathematics and science concepts with the flexibility to pursue a specific area of interest. Today, the world is faced with complex scientific issues that rely on interdisciplinary and collaborative solutions.
Students gain specific but integrated knowledge of the sciences by engaged study in a range of courses-including biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental studies-as well as mathematics. Once students have established a broad base in the life, physical, and earth sciences, they have the flexibility to then focus on a specific area in their junior and senior years. The major culminates with a capstone experience as well as a field study, internship, or independent study.
This major features an inquiry-based approach that will improve your capacity to solve problems, to justify your reasoning, and to communicate that reasoning to others. Students will understand what the process of science is as well as gain an appreciation of the ethical, political, and social contexts in which science is done. You will have opportunities for field trips, internships, leadership, research, and community service that enhance the classroom experience.
"This semester long research project taught me many things that would be useful in my field of study. I learned laboratory techniques and how to handle corrosive materials. It was great to see how a primitive animal like the marine sponge has just as a complex cellular system as our own, and how they can recognize different individuals!"
- Pablo Tovar, Integrated Sciences Major
Integrated Sciences Program Options
While this major can be standalone, it is recommended that it is combined with other Arts and Science majors and minors.
- Probability and Statistics
- Biology of Reproduction
- Environmental Impacts
- Human Physiology
- Investigating Green Energy
- Natural Disasters
- Human Diseases
Skills You'll Learn
- Confident, creative, and collaborative problem solving
- Constructing sound mathematical and scientific arguments
- Applying math and science to everyday life
- Speaking and writing about math and science
When you graduate, your degree in Integrated Sciences will be valuable in fields such as:
- Grovernment aide
- Public Policy
This major may be appropriate preparation for some professional degree programs (e.g., in Health Sciences, Education, Law, and Journalism programs).