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. Students are encouraged to download the Interdisciplinary Science Program Requirement Worksheet from the college's Academic Forms and Requirements webpage to track their progress. Students majoring in a different program can elect an academic minor in Interdisciplinary Science. Students interested in completing the minor should review the minor curriculum below.

Requirements for the Major in Interdisciplinary Science

Completion of the major in requires 13 courses, distributed as follows:

LSCI 2700 Energy and Sustainability
LMTH 2050 Math Models in Nature
Choose one (1):

  • LSCI 2820 Chemistry of Life or
  • LSCI 2500 Chemistry of the Environment

LSCI 2040 Genes, Environment, and Behavior
LSCI 3020 Methods of Scientific Inquiry
Choose two (2) additional LSCI Foundation courses:

  • LSCI 2037 Foundations in Physics or LSCI 2020 Constructing the Laws of Nature
  • LSCI 2310 Introduction to Epidemiology in Action!
  • UENV 2400 Introduction to Ecology

One (1) LMTH Math elective
One (1) LSCI Laboratory elective
Two (2) LSCI Intermediate/Advanced electives
One (1) additional elective:

  • LSCI or LMTH Intermediate or
  • Advanced Course chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor

One (1) LSCI Advanced elective (must be at the 4000 level and selected in consultation with a faculty advisor)
Total credits: 52

Sampling of Foundation Electives

LSCI 2037 Foundation of Physics
LSCI 2310 Introduction to Epidemiology in Action
UENV 2040 Introduction to Ecology

Sampling of Additional Math Electives

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

Sampling of Laboratory Electives

LSCI 2500 Water Quality Lab
LSCI 3030 Biodiversity Achieved Lab
UENV 3450 Ecology Lab

Sampling of Intermediate/Advanced Level Courses

LSCI 3028 Science and Politics of the Human Genome
LSCI 3XXX Climate Change and Health
LSCI 3037 Cell Biology
LSCI 3305 Chemistry of the Atmosphere
LSCI 3050 Ecology II: Urban Ecosystems
LMTH 3101 Discrete Math
LMTH 3006 Math Tools for Social and Natural Sciences
LSCI 4050 Science and Politics of Cancer
LSCI 3301 What Is Science?
LSCI 4100 Nanotechnology
LSCI 4404 Epidemics and International Responses

Sampling of Advanced Level Courses

LSCI 4050 Science and Politics of Cancer
LSCI 3028 Science and Politics of The Human Genome
LSCI 3301 What Is Science?
LSCI 4100 Nanotechnology
LSCI 4404 Epidemics and International Responses

Elective Course

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: Brain, Biology, and Behavior; From the Rainforest; Quantitative Reasoning; Algebra; and Statistics (3 credits).

Requirements for the Minor in Interdisciplinary Science

Undergraduate students from any division of the university who are not majoring in Liberal Arts can select the minor in Interdisciplinary Science, which requires the completion of the following courses:

  • LSCI 2700 Energy and Sustainability
  • One (1) Mathematics course
  • One (1) Lecture-Laboratory course
  • Two (2) Foundation courses, both of which must cross disciplines including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Epidemiology

Total Credits: 20

Note: The following courses do not satisfy this elective requirement: Brain, Biology, and Behavior; From the Rainforest; Quantitative Reasoning; Algebra; and Statistics (3 credits). Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all courses taken to meet the requirements for the minor in Interdisciplinary Science.

Guided Area of Study

Students majoring in Liberal Arts (BA Liberal Arts) cannot elect Interdisciplinary Science as an academic minor, but they can take courses in Interdisciplinary Science as a guided area of study. Students interested in this option should consult with their advisors.

 
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