About the Major
The Integrated Science Studies major
is designed to meet a growing need for people whose knowledge
is to be directed to its use, expression and administration
in both the private and public sectors. Students in the major
are expected not only to achieve specific competencies in the
sciences but also to develop a critical understanding of the
roles of the sciences in social, political, and economic contexts.
Emphasis in the major is placed on the breadth and depth of
the foundational science curriculum. Students secure specific
but integrated knowledge of the sciences by engaged study in
a range of laboratory courses - from chemistry, physics, and
biology to geology, ecology, and environmental studies - as
well as mathematics. The foundational courses have been selected
to provide a broad base for study without compelling a focus
on a particular science in the initial stages of study while
allowing flexibility and opportunities to pursue more specific
interests at the upper levels.
Upon the successful completion of 36 credits of required foundational
science and mathematics courses. students can apply to be admitted
to one of six (6) upper level concentrations of the major:
1) Biology/Environmental Studies; 2) Physical
Science; 3) Science
Technology and Society; 4) Science Journalism; 5) Business
Administration/MBA Track; and 6) Public Policy/Administration.
The upper level concentrations are administered both within
the School of Theoretical and Applied Science and with the
cooperation of other Schools. Those who wish to be admitted
for study in Science Journalism, for instance, require the
approval of both the convener of the major and the Dean of
the School of Contemporary Arts. And similarly, students who
wish to pursue study in the Business Administration/MBA
Track need the prior approval of the Dean of the School of Administration
The upper level concentrations consist of curricula ranging
from a required minimum of 15 credits of courses to 24 credits.
Additional elective course options, including internships
and independent study, are strongly recommended and can be
planned in consultation with academic advisors.
Each concentration has a particular orientation integrating
scientific knowledge into other acquired competencies - in
business, in technology management, in environmental regulation
and public administration to science journalism and science
education. Two of the concentrations provide opportunities
for further specialized study in science without the upper
level course restrictions and requirements of a particular
science major. The upper level curriculum is intended to respond
to a variety of student interests and career objectives. Students
who complete the major will be competently prepared to pursue
further academic work in graduate and professional schools
in science, business, and other areas, as well as to begin
careers in their chosen fields.
The School of Theoretical and Applied Sciences offers the major
leading to a B.S. degree in Integrated Science Studies
- (chosen concentration).