Interdisciplinary Science Curriculum

Effective as of Fall 2013

The major in Interdisciplinary Science, which leads to a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Science, requires the completion of a minimum of 13 courses. Because the program emphasizes connection across many scales (molecular, cellular, population, and ecosystem), students seeking either the major and minor are required to complete Foundation courses that address both microscopic and macroscopic scales. Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses to meet the requirements of the major or minor. Download the following documents for detailed information:

IS Program Requirement Worksheet at the Forms and Requirements page. Use this to track your academic progress and declare your major.

IS Course Selection (PDF). Information about:

  • Identifying and selecting classes

IS Resources (PDF). Information about:

  • funding research and internship opportunities for IS students
  • training programs, conferences and resources related to graduate school
  • local seminars and research experiences for undergraduates (REU's)
  • IS Job opportunities
  • IS study abroad opportunities
  • professional societies
  • conferences and journals

Major Requirements (BA, Interdisciplinary Science)

Completion of the major requires thirteen (13) courses, distributed as follows:

LSCI 2700 Energy and Sustainability
LMTH 2050 Math Models in Nature
LSCI 2500 Chemistry of the Environment
LSCI 2040 Genes, Environment, and Behavior
One Scientific Methods course, selected in consultation with an Interdisciplinary Science faculty member.
Choose two (2) additional LSCI Foundation courses (macro scale; must be chosen in consultation with an Interdisciplinary Science faculty member):

  • LSCI 2037 Foundation of Physics
  • LSCI 2310 Introduction to Epidemiology in Action
  • UENV 2400 Urban Ecology

Choose one (1) LMTH Math course:

  • LMTH 2030 Statistics with SPSS
  • LMTH 2040 Calculus
  • LMTH 2045 Calculus II

Choose one (1) LSCI Laboratory course:

  • LSCI 2500 Water Quality Lab (prerequisite: LSCI 2500 Chemistry of the Environment)
  • LSCI 3030 Biodiversity Achieved Lab (prerequisite: LSCI 2040 Genes, Environment, and Behavior)
  • UENV 3450 Ecology Lab (prerequisites: either UENV 2400 Urban Ecology or LSCI 2040 Genes, Environment, and Behavior)

Choose two (2) LSCI Intermediate courses. NOTE: All have prerequisites.

Sampling of Intermediate-Level Courses

LSCI 3031 Chemistry of the Atmosphere
LSCI 3037 Cell Biology
LSCI 3070 Climate Change and Global Health
LMTH 3006 Math Tools for Social and Natural Sciences
LMTH 3101 Discrete Math

Choose one (1) LSCI Advanced course (must be 4000-level and chosen in consultation with an Interdisciplinary Science faculty member):

  • LSCI 4050 Science and Politics of Cancer
  • LSCI 4060 Science and Politics of the Human Genome
  • LSCI 4100 Nanotechnology

One (1) additional elective: Any LSCI or LMTH course that has not been applied toward satisfying a requirement above. NOTE: The following courses do not satisfy this elective requirement: Quantitative Reasoning I and II, Pre-Calculus, and Statistics for the Social Sciences.

Minor Requirements

Undergraduate students from any college in the university who are not pursuing the self-directed major in Liberal Arts can select the minor in Interdisciplinary Science, which requires the completion of the following five (5) courses:

LSCI 2700 Energy and Sustainability
Choose one (1) LMTH Math course:

  • LMTH 2050 Math Models in Nature
  • LMTH 2030 Statistics with SPSS
  • LMTH 2040 Calculus
  • LMTH 2045 Calculus II

Choose two (2) Foundation courses in consultation with an Interdisciplinary Science faculty member. These should add breadth to the program and satisfy the prerequisite for the Laboratory course requirement.

  • LSCI 2500 Chemistry of the Environment
  • LSCI 2040 Genes, Environment and Behavior
  • LSCI 2037 Foundation of Physics
  • LSCI 2310 Introduction to Epidemiology in Action
  • UENV 2400 Urban Ecology

Choose one (1) LSCI Laboratory course:

  • LSCI 2500 Water Quality Lab (prerequisite: LSCI 2500 Chemistry of the Environment)
  • LSCI 3030 Biodiversity Achieved Lab (prerequisite: LSCI 2040 Genes, Environment, and Behavior)
  • LSCI 3450 Ecology Lab (prerequisite: UENV 2400 Urban Ecology or LSCI 2040 Genes, Environment, and Behavior)

Total Credits: 20

Self-Designed Major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts)

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts may not elect an academic minor. However, they may pursue a guided area of study in Interdisciplinary Science. Students interested in this option should consult with their advisor.

 

 
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