Program Director: Jennifer Schaefer (Mani Campos, spring 2017)
The integrative science major is designed to accommodate a student who has a broader interest in the areas of science. This major is especially appropriate for students desiring to continue their education in a variety of science or medically-related fields. These fields include the health professions, environmental science, neuroscience, bioinformatics, industrial research and other opportunities.
Students have a chance to integrate their multiple scientific interests at various integration points: one at the sophomore, junior year, and by participation in the capstone.
A designated track in Health Science has been designed for those interested in careers in medicine including as a physical therapist, physician assistant, or physician. As identified below, this is a recommended track for those interested in an interdisciplinary and integrated perspective on health. Students should consult with the appropriate pre-professional health advisor in selecting specific courses to fulfill the major requirements.
Integrative Science majors are required to participate at several integration points throughout their major: at the sophomore, junior, and senior year. It is here that the major student learning outcomes for the major are assessed. These include competencies in literacy (quantitative and qualitative), Communication, Inquiry, and Integration as described below. These learning outcomes are scaffolded throughout the major:
The Integrative Science major offers flexibility in course choices but requires that coursework be completed in multiple scientific disciplines. To be admitted into the major , students need to fulfill the mathematics proficiency requirement and 12 credits at level 1 must be completed with a GPA of 2.00 or higher.
The Integrative Science (ISCI) major consists of 52-59 credits, including 32-36 credits of Natural Science Division courses, 4-8 credits of coursework that promotes integration of multiple disciplinary perspectives, and a 4 credit Integrative Science Capstone course (or set of courses totaling 4 credits). The remaining 8 credits may include courses offered through departments outside the Natural Science Division to encourage and emphasize connections with disciplines outside of the natural sciences.
Requirements for the ISCI major are listed here in the Academic Catalog. Please contact the Chair of the Integrative Science major, Jennifer Schaefer, if you have any questions.
LEVEL 1: Building a Scientific Foundation (16 Credits)
Students must complete a minimum of 16 credits from the following lower division Natural Science Division courses below; courses must come from at least two different disciplines. It is common that most students will take two introductory courses from each of two different disciplines to provide the background required for upper division work.
All courses are 4 credits unless noted (12 credits must be completed with a GPA of 2.00 or higher to be accepted into the major).
LEVEL 2: First Integration Point (2-4 Credits)
Students must complete one two or four-credit course designed to develop the students' ability to identify, locate, evaluate, integrate, and effectively and responsibly use information from least two disciplinary fields in order to define or understand a scientific problem. Typically this course is to be completed during the sophomore year. All courses are 4 credits unless noted
Students will have an opportunity to construct a written analysis of an integrative scientific question or issue of their choice. They will explain and demonstrate the important role of oral communication in disseminating scientific information. They will demonstrate their quantitative and information literacy to investigate this scientific issue and effectively synthesize concepts, scientific processes, and/or theories from at least two scientific disciplines to help understand and/or solve the scientific question or issue. Students should be prepared to read, discuss and use information presented in the primary literature. Prerequisites: at least 12 credits from the Natural Science division in at least two different disciplines or permission of the instructor (the student must be almost completed with the level 1 coursework).
LEVEL 3a: Building Depth and Breadth (20 Credits)
Students will complete 20 credits of upper division natural science coursework, with no more than 12 credits coming from any one academic department. The coursework will be chosen in consultation with the faculty advisor and will be dependent on the student's area of interest. The following courses will count toward fulfilling the LEVEL 3a natural science upper division credit requirement:
Level 3b: Building Depth and Breadth: Additional coursework (8 credits)
An additional eight credits of upper division (300 level) coursework must be completed by the student. Numerous courses may count towards this requirement. The student may complete an additional eight credits of natural science coursework, which may or may not be included in the list above. In addition, students are encouraged to complete these credits with coursework from outside the natural science division IF THE COURSEWORK IS COHERENT WITH THE STUDENT'S TRACK, CONCENTRATION OR AREA OF STUDY. All upper division elective courses must be selected in consultation with the faculty advisor and approved by the Integrative Science chair.
LEVEL 4: Second Integration Point (2-4 Credits)
All courses are 4 credits unless noted. Students must complete one two or four-credit course intended to develop the ability to integrate and apply information from at least two disciplinary fields in order to solve a problem or explore complex issues in an original way. Developing effective written and oral communication and inquiry/analysis skills will also be a component of this course.
Please note, you must complete 20 upper division natural science courses (LEVEL 3) in addition to the Second Integration Point course.
LEVEL 5: Integrative Science Capstone (2-4 Credits)
In completing the Integrative Science Capstone, students will apply skills, abilities, theories, and/or methodologies gained through the Integrative Science curriculum to a new situation in order to solve a difficult problem or explore a complex issue in an original and interdisciplinary way, and effectively communicate the outcomes and implications of their work. All courses are 4 credits unless noted.
Should students apply for distinction in the major, they would enroll in one of the following sets of research. The must obtain an A for distinction in this coursework:
Below is a recommended track for those interested in a health career. This is a track for students interested in an integrated, interdisciplinary approach to health. Students can explore courses not only in Biology and Chemistry, but also in Nutrition and Exercise Science and Sport Studies. In addition, students can choose relevant coursework in the social sciences or humanities as part of their 3v depth requirements to facilitate a more holistic understanding of health. This is a track, meaning the track recommends a series of coursework for those interested in health. Students do have flexibility to choose alternative coursework as long as the needs of the major are met as described above.
All courses are four credits unless noted.
LEVEL 1: Building a Scientific Foundation (16 Credits)
LEVEL 2: First Integration Point (4 Credits)
LEVEL 3a: Building Depth and Breadth (28 Credits)
Natural Science Upper Division Courses (20 credits; no more than 12 credits from one discipline)
Level 3b: Building Depth and Breadth: Additional Upper Division Coursework not in Natural Science (8 credits)
Please note, you must complete 20 upper division natural science courses (LEVEL 3a) in addition to the Second Integration Point course.
LEVEL 5: Integrative Science Capstone (4 Credits)
Should students apply for distinction in the major, they would enroll in one of the following research course sequences: