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Interdisciplinary Science

Degree Requirements

  • This page outlines requirements for the degree in Interdisciplinary Science (BA, Interdisciplinary Science). Students can also study this subject as a minor or as part of a self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts).

    Requirements for the Interdisciplinary Science Major (BA, Interdisciplinary Science)

    The major in Interdisciplinary Science requires the completion of a minimum of 13 courses. Only specific courses satisfy the major requirements, including electives. Courses must be chosen carefully, in consultation with an Interdisciplinary Science faculty member. Because the program emphasizes connection across many scales (molecular, cellular, population, and ecosystem), students seeking either the major or minor are required to complete Foundation courses that address both microscopic and macroscopic scales. 

    Declare your major and track your progress using the requirement worksheet (PDF)
    for the year in which you declare:

    For worksheets earlier than 2011, please see your academic advisor.

    Advising and Resources

    See Interdisciplinary Science Advising and Resources for information about:

    • Identifying and selecting classes
    • Funding research and internship opportunities for IS students
    • Training programs, conferences, and resources related to graduate school
    • Local seminars and research experiences for undergraduates (REUs)
    • IS job opportunities
    • IS study abroad opportunities
    • Professional societies
    • Conferences and journals

    Required Courses:

    The major in Interdisciplinary Science requires the following courses. Track your progress using the requirements worksheet (see above), and visit the IS Advising and Resources page for information about identifying and selecting courses that meet the requirements. Students must receive grades of C or better in all courses taken to fulfill major requirements.  

    • 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 3029 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 3045 Imaging Life
        LSCI 3400 Genomes, Populations, and Identities
        LSCI 3070 Climate Change and Global Health (only prior to 2016)
    • Choose one (1) LSCI Advanced course (must be in the range of 4000-4300 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, Pre-Calculus, and Statistics for the Social Sciences.

    Total credits: 52

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