Interdisciplinary Science

Advising and Resources


    See the Interdisciplinary Science Student Resources folder for information session materials and other documents related to the current semester, including lab course preparation documents and the application for science fellowships.  

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    Planning Your Course of Study — Specifics

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    Current Interdisciplinary Science courses

    Planning Your Course of Study

    • Declaring a major or minor in Interdisciplinary Science
      If you are interested in becoming an Interdisciplinary Science Major or Minor, visit IS Degree Requirements to:
      • Review the Program Requirement Worksheet (checklist) and Suggested Four-Year Schedule of courses to meet the requirements
      • Complete the Personal Statement 

    Selecting Courses

    Courses offered in this program incorporate science, math, and technology in the context of health and the environment. To see a list of courses offered in the major and minor, click on the appropriate section below; track your progress using the Interdisciplinary Science program requirement worksheet/checklist for the year in which you declare. NOTE: Not all courses are offered every semester or every year. We have indicated the course rotations (spring or fall semester, or alternate years) and which components of the major it satisfies.

    Identifying Courses

    During registration, use the Lang course finder to identify Interdisciplinary Science courses. Students are strongly encouraged to supplement the IS curriculum with courses in other areas of study, depending on interest and in consultation with academic advisors. For example, students have completed courses offered by Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Integrated Arts, History, Psychology, and Urban Studies.

    Students can search in the University Course Catalog for courses that address these topics by keyword in title, title and description, and/or subject code (LSCI = Lang Science, LMTH = Lang Math, NFDS = Food Studies, UENV = Environmental Studies, PSAM = Parsons Art, Media, and Technology, NINT = International Affairs, EPMS = Environmental Policy and Sustainable Management, LPSY/NPSY = Psychology, LANT/NANT/GANT = Anthropology, UURB = Urban Studies, UGLB = Global Studies, LCST = Culture and Media Studies).

    The following courses satisfy components of the major for students who declare in 2016-2017:

    Fall 2016

    • LMTH 2040 Calc I  T/R 12pm (every semester/elective or math)
    • LMTH 2030 Statistics SPSS (every semester multiples sections/math)
    • LMTH 2014 QR II (every semester multiples sections/elective)
    • LMTH 2101 Mathematics of Game Theory M/W 1:50  (alternate years/elective)
    • LMTH 3006 Math Tools for Natural and Social Sciences M/W 3:50  (every fall/elective or math)
    • LSCI 2037 Foundations in Physics M/W 10 (every fall possibly spring/foundations)
    • UENV 2400 Urban Ecology T/R 10 (every fall possibly spring/foundations)
    • LSCI 3020 Methods of Scientific Inquiry  M/W 1:50 (alternate years/required)
    • LSCI 2500 Chemistry of the Environment M/W 10:00 (every fall/required/ also counts towards Environmental Studies major)
    • LSCI 2600 Climate and Society: Impacts and Responses  M/W 11:55 (every fall/elective/ also counts towards Global and Urban Studies Majors)
    • LSCI 2300 Intro to Urban Environmental Health  T/R 11:55am (every fall/elective/also counts towards Global and Urban Studies Majors)
    • LSCI 3400 Genomes/Populations/Identities T/R 1:50 (alternate years/intermediate)
    • LSCI 4506  Global Climate Change and Health: Risks and Responses (cancelled for fall 2016/elective will be replaced with a course in the spring)

    Spring 2017

    • LMTH 2050Math Models in Nature  (every spring/ required/ also counts towards Environmental Studies major)
    • LMTH 2040 Calc I  T/R 12pm (every semester/elective or math)
    • LMTH2045 Calc II (every spring/math)
    • LMTH 2014 QR II (every semester multiples sections/elective)
    • LMTH 2030 Statistics SPSS (every semester multiples sections/math)
    • LMTH 2104  Visualizing Patterns and Space (alternate years/elective)
    • LSCI 2310 Intro to Epidemiology (every spring/foundations)
    • LSCI 2601 Towards Climate Justice (every spring/elective)
    • LSCI 2700  Energy and Sustainability (every spring/required/also counts towards the Environmental Studies Major)
    • LSCI 2040 Genes Environment & Behavior (every spring/required/also counts towards the Environmental Studies Major, Psychology major, and Gender Studies minor)
    • UENV 3450 Urban Ecology Lab (every spring but not 2018/ lab or intermediate)/also counts towards the Environmental Studies Major)
    • LSCI 4XXX Nanotech or TBD (alternate years/advanced) 

    Courses not offered this coming year, but in following years:

    • LMTH 2XXX Ethnomathematics
    • LMTH 2105 Making Math and Art
    • LSCI 2XXX Light and Color
    • LSCI 3XXX Biodiversity Achieved Lab (not until Spring 2018) (as lab or intermediate)
    • LSCI 3XXX Water Quality Lab (probably spring 2018) 
    • ULEC 2XXX Immortality and Immorality: Stem Cells and Social Justice

    Courses in Related Programs That Connect to Science and Math
    Majors and minors are encouraged to supplement the required curriculum with courses from other areas of study. Below are courses offered by other departments and divisions that incorporate science, math, and technology in the context of culture, social justice, history, and sustainability. Courses numbered 4500 are open to undergraduate juniors and seniors. Courses numbered 5000 or higher are graduate-level and require permission of the instructor. Courses that have been popular in the past include the following:

    PSAM 5860A Currents: Data Structures
    PUDM 2700 Information Visualization (permission)
    LANT 3041 Ape Cultures and Human Nature
    LANT 6141 Apes and Anthropologists
    NANT 3520 Media Health Culture and Social Change
    LLSJ 3505 Visualizing Data
    LPSY 2042 Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology
    LPSY 2772 Culture, Ethnicity, and Mental Health
    NPSY 3843 Health Psychology
    LEDU 3961 HealthClass 2.0 Practicum
    UENV 3425 Student Environmental Activism Seminar Practicum
    UENV 4703 Social Justice and the Food System
    UENV 3200 Spatial Thinking with GIS
    UGLB 3716 Indigenous Rights and Environmental Justice
    LECO 2029 Economics of Disasters
    LHIS 2221 Power and Biology: The Global South and the History of Science
    LHIS 3027 From the Plague to AIDS and Beyond: Global Histories of Disease
    GANT 6125 Anthropology of Bioethics and Biomedicine
    NEPS 5001 Climate Change and Cities
    NEPS 5006 Principles of Environmental Science (seniors only)

    Courses in STEAMD (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Design)
    These courses are open to all students and can be found across many departments. Courses that have been popular in the past include the following:

    LNGC 1XXX Biology, Art, and Social Justice
    LINA 2040 The Art of Information
    PSAM 5960 Bioart Studio
    PSCE 3030 Color and Light
    LMTH 2104 Visualizing Patterns and Space
    LSCI 2031 Light and Color
    LSCI 3045 Imaging Life
    PUDM 2700 Information Visualization
    LMTH 2105 Making Math and Art
    LINA 3040 Arts and Neuroscience
    PSCE 5003 Topic: Sustainable Design
    PSCE 5035 Topic: Water
    PGTE 5598 Data Visualization

    Academic and Extracurricular Resources and Opportunities

    Fellowships and Funding

    Internships and Research Experiences


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    Presenting Your Work

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    Study Abroad

    Opportunities specific to health and the environment

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    Social Justice

    The New School is committed to the promotion of practices and policies that support social justice. A University Wide Committee made up of student, staff, and faculty as well as many students organizations seek to achieve this goal through programming, curriculum, and community action on and off campus. Visit the pages below to learn more.

    In addition, the Interdisciplinary Science program seeks to support scientific innovation through responsible and ethical practices. The following organizations reflect our philosophy and mission. They stay up-to-date on the challenges facing scientists and the public, and they publish blogs and journals dedicated to this interface.