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Integrative Science

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.

Integrative Science tracks

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.

Assessment

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:

  1. Students will identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use quantitative and conceptual information to share scientifically related information. (LITERACY)
  2. Students will use oral and written communication to purposefully and effectively convey scientific information. (COMMUNICATION)
  3. Students will effectively use the scientific process to evaluate methodology and original data to synthesize a conclusion based on this evaluation and in the context of disciplinary theories and the scholarly literature. (INQUIRY)
  4. Students will effectively synthesize concepts, scientific processes, and/or theories from at least two scientific disciplines to help understand and/or solve a scientific question or problem. (INTEGRATION)

Major: Integrative Science (52-59 credits)

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).

  • BIOL 101, 201, 202, 216
  • CHEM 125 + 201, 250 + 202, 251 + 203, 255 + 205
  • CSCI 130, 140, 160, 160, 200, 230, 239
  • ENVR 175, 275
  • MATH 118 or 119, 120, 124
  • NUTR 125, 225/223
  • PHYS 105 0r 191, 106 or 200, 211

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).

  • ISCI 201 (2 credits)
  • ESSS 273 Health and Fitness

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:

  • BIOL (All 300 level BIOL courses excluding BIOL373A Exploring Medicine)
  • CHEM (All 300 level CHEM courses)
  • CSCI (All 300 level CSCI courses)
  • MATH (All 300 level MATH courses)
  • PHYS (All 300 level PHYS courses)
  • ESSS306 Kinesiology
  • ESSS308 Exercise Physiology 
  • ISCI 310 Applied Pathophysiology
  • NUTR 301 Diet, Health & Disease Prevention
  • NUTR 302 Physiology and Weight Regulation
  • NUTR 323 Public Health Nutrition: Infancy Through Aging
  • NUTR 326 Global Health & Nutrition
  • NUTR 330 Nutritional Biochemistry and Assessment 
  • NUTR 331 Exercise Nutrition and Supplements 
  • ENVR 300 Topics in Environmental Studies-Natural Science
  • ENVR 3xx Science of Global Climate Change

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.

  • ISCI 301 (2 credits)
  • ISCI 310 Applied Pathophysiology
  • NUTR 330 Nutritional Biochemistry and Assessment  
  • NUTR 331 Exercise Nutrition and Supplements 
  • ESSS 306 Kinesiology 
  • ESSS 308 Exercise Physiology 

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.

  • ISCI 378 Integrative Science III
  • BIOL 397 Internship
  • ESSS 397 Internship

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:

  • ESSS Research  
    • • ESSS 316 Research Methods (2 credits)
    • • ESSS 395 Research Seminar I (1 credit)
    • • ESSS 396 Research Seminar II (1 credit)
  • NUTR Research
    • • NUTR 380 Research Seminar I (1)
    • • NUTR 381 Research Seminar II (1)
    • • NUTR 396 Nutrition Research Capstone (2)

Major: Integrative Science - Health Science track

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)

  • BIOL 101 Foundations of Biology
  • BIOL 201 Intermediate Cell Biology and Genetics or BIOL 216 Physiology in Practice
  • CHEM 125 Introduction to Chemical Structure and CHEM 201 Purification and Separation Lab I (0-1)
  • NUTR 125 Concepts of Nutrition Science

LEVEL 2: First Integration Point (4 Credits)

  • ESSS 273 Health and Fitness

LEVEL 3a: Building Depth and Breadth (28 Credits) 

Natural Science Upper Division Courses (20 credits; no more than 12 credits from one discipline)

  • BIOL 307 Microbiology
  • BIOL 317 Introduction to Biochemistry 
  • BIOL 323 Animal Physiology
  • BIOL 325 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 326 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 373K Neurobiology
  • NUTR 301 Diet, Health & Disease Prevention
  • NUTR 330 Nutritional Biochemistry and Assessment 
  • NUTR 331 Exercise Nutrition and Supplements 
  • ESSS 306 Kinesiology 
  • ESSS 308 Exercise Physiology 

Level 3b: Building Depth and Breadth: Additional Upper Division Coursework not in Natural Science (8 credits)

  • COMM 382 Health Communication
  • PSYC 340 Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC 342 Psychopharmacology
  • PSYC 343 Health Psychology
  • PSYC 360 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 370 Clinical and Counseling Psychology
  • PSYC 381 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 382 Neuropsychology  
  • SOCI 333 Sociology of Medicine and Health Care
  • SOCI 337I Anthropology of Global Health Challenges

    LEVEL 4: Second Integration Point (4 Credits)

Please note, you must complete 20 upper division natural science courses (LEVEL 3a) in addition to the Second Integration Point course.

  • NUTR 330 Nutritional Biochemistry and Assessment 
  • NUTR 331 Exercise Nutrition and Supplements 
  • ESSS 306 Kinesiology 
  • ESSS 308 Exercise Physiology 

LEVEL 5: Integrative Science Capstone (4 Credits)

  • ISCI 378
  • BIOL 397 Internship
  • ESSS 397 Internship

Should students apply for distinction in the major, they would enroll in one of the following research course sequences:

  • ESSS Research  
    • • ESSS 316 Research Methods (2 credits)
    • • ESSS 395 Research Seminar I (1 credit)
    • • ESSS 396 Research Seminar II (1 credit)
  • NUTR Research
    • • NUTR 380 Research Seminar I (1)
    • • NUTR 381 Research Seminar II (1)
    • • NUTR 396 Nutrition Research Capstone (2)

Major: Integrative Science - Environmental Science Advising track

LEVEL 1: Building a Scientific Foundation (16 Credits) 

Student would choose either a Chemistry or Biology track at the foundation level, depending on which upper-division courses the student plans to take.  However, students are welcome and encourage to take both the Chemistry and Biology introductory Sequences if able.

  • ENVR 175 Earth Systems Science (4)
  • ENVR 275 Humans and the Environment (4)

Plus, one of the following sets of coursework:

  • BIOL 101 Foundations of Biology (4) fall
  • BIOL 201 Intermediate Cell Biology and Genetics (4) spring
  • BIOL 202 Evolution in Action (4)

OR

  • CHEM 125 Introduction to Chemical Structure and Properties (4) and CHEM 201 Purification and Separation Lab I (0-1)
  • CHEM 250 Reactivity I (4) and CHEM 202 Purification and Chromatography Lab II (0-1)
  • CHEM 255 Fundamentals of Macroscopic Chemical Analysis (4) and CHEM 205 Chemical Measurement Lab  (0-1)

MATH 124 Statistics is also recommended

LEVEL 2: First Integration Point (2 Credits)

  • ISCI 201 Integrative Science I (2) spring

LEVEL 3a: Building Depth and Breadth:  Upper Division Natural Science courses (20 Credits with no more than 12 credits from one academic department)  Course prerequisites are bracketed at the right, followed by the semester the course is typically offered.  Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to make sure all prerequisites are complete prior to enrolling in upper division coursework.

  • **ENVR 300Q Environmental Health (4) fall
  • **ENVR  300T Sustainable Agriculture Science  (4) fall
  • **ENVR 311 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (4) spring
  • **ENVR 331 Science of Climate Changes (4) spring
  • **BIOL 334 General Ecology (4) {BIOL 101, 201, 202 or ENVR 175, 275} fall
  • **BIOL 337 Aquatic Ecology (4)  {BIOL 101, 201, 202 or ENVR 175, 275} fall
  • BIOL 308 Plant Systematics (4)  {BIOL 101, 201 or 202}  fall
  • BIOL 327 Plant Physiology (4)  {BIOL 101, 201}  spring
  • BIOL 322 Developmental Biology (4) {BIOL 101, 201} fall
  • BIOL 323 Animal Physiology (4) {BIOL 101, 201} spring
  • BIOL 332 Natural History of Terrestrial Vertebrates  (4)  {BIOL 101, 201, 202} spring
  • BIOL 336 Behavioral Ecology  (4)  {BIOL 101, 201, 202 or ENVR 175} typically spring
  • BIOL/ENVR 341 Natural History of Tropical Carbonates (2) {BIOL 101, 201, and 202 or ENVR 175 and 275} spring
  • **CHEM 343 Climate and Habitat Change (2) {CHEM 125, CHEM 250, CHEM 255} spring every year
  • **CHEM 344A Environmental Chemistry: Atmosphere (2) or  **CHEM 344B Environmental Chemistry: Lithosphere/Hydrosphere {CHEM 125, 250, 255, 343} spring         *A and B offered alternating years
  • CHEM 348B Molecular Design--Inorganic (2) {CHEM 125, 251, CHEM 315} fall even years
  • CHEM 354 Sustainable Energy (2) {CHEM 125, 250, 255} spring even years
  • CHEM 356 Instrumental Design and Technology (2) {CHEM 125, 255) fall even years
  • CHEM 357 Separation Science (2) {CHEM 125, 255} fall odd years
  • CHEM 361 Insights into Mechanistic Determination (2) {CHEM 125, 250, 255, and CHEM 315 as pre- or co-requisite} spring odd years

Note: No more than 12 credits from any one department                             **indicates most strongly recommended coursework

Level 3b:  Additional upper Division Courses (8 credits: can be Natural Science coursework and/or courses outside the Natural Sciences)

  • Any upper division Natural Science Course                          
  • Any upper division Natural Science Course                          
  • Any upper division ENVR Course                              
  • Any upper division ENVR Course                              
  • COMM 309 Environmental Rhetoric
  • ECON 318 Natural Resource/Environmental Economics
  • HIST 360 U.S. Environmental History
  • PCST 354 Global Environmental Politics
  • PHIL 322 Environmental Ethics
  • POLS 330 Environmental Politics/Policy

LEVEL 4: Second Integration Point (2 Credits)

  • ISCI 301 Integrative Science II (2) fall

LEVEL 5: Integrative Science Capstone (4 Credits)

  • ISCI 378 Integrative Science III (4) spring

Minor (None)

Courses (ISCI)