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Catalog 2004-2005
Integrated Science Studies (BS)
School of Theoretical and Applied Science

Requirements of the Major

Career Paths
Convener: Bernard Langer
Advisor: Philip Anderson
Eta Rena Bacon
William Makofske
Steven Rice
Pat Keeton
Anita Stellenwerf

About the Major

The Integrated Science Studies major is designed to meet a growing need for people whose knowledge of science 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 and Business.

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).
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