|Requirements of the Major||Convener: Bernard Langer
Faculty: Philip Anderson
Eta Rena Bacon
About the Major
The Integrated Science Studies major is designed to meet a growing professional and cultural need for people whose knowledge of science is 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 critical understandings 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 detailed but integrated knowledge of the sciences by engaged study in a range of courses, including laboratory courses—from chemistry, physics, and biology to geology, ecology, and environmental science—as well as in mathematics. The foundational courses have been selected to establish a broad base for study without compelling a focus on a particular science too early, 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 Science, (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. Similarly, students who with to pursue study in the Business Administration/MBA Track need the prior approval of the Dean of the Anisfield School of Business.
The upper level concentrations consist of curricula requiring a minimum of five courses. 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 which integrates 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 Science offers the major leading to a B.S. degree in Integrated Science Studies – (chosen concentration).
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