Interdisciplinary Science

  • Students can study interdisciplinary science as a major (BA, Interdisciplinary Science), a  minor, or a  self-designed major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts).

    Although courses are rigorous, emphasizing in-depth understanding of key scientific concepts and methodologies, our program aims to democratize the sciences. You’ll develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills and learn to apply scientific knowledge to address real-world issues such as clean water access, climate change, emerging biotechnologies, and other concerns involving health, the environment, education, ethics, and policy.

    Courses emphasize active understanding and the practice of scientific and mathematical principles rather than passive learning and memorization. You can supplement your classroom experience with hands-on learning opportunities that include internships, research experiences, and fieldwork that address environmental justice and health equity.

    The University and New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Lang is part of The New School, a major progressive university in the center of New York City. As an Interdisciplinary Science student, you’ll enjoy benefits including

    • Science-focused internships with nonprofits and organizations promoting scientific literacy, including MoMath (mathematics museum), Museum of Modern Art, GenSpace (DIY community science center), We Act (environmental justice), Ligo (artscience), Imagine Science Films (artscience), and Doctors Without Borders (global health)
    • Public lectures and workshops at institutions dedicated to advancing science and mathematics, such as the New York Academy of Sciences and The New School+Art+Design monthly lab workshops
    • Research experiences at government and nonprofit organizations such as the NYC Department of Health, EcoHealth Alliance, Public Health Solutions, and The New York Academy of Medicine

    Career Paths

    Graduates often choose career paths and graduate programs that require strong scientific and quantitative reasoning and an understanding of the relationship between the natural sciences and mathematics and the social sciences, the humanities, and the arts. Students are prepared to conduct research in areas including health, environmental sustainability, advocacy, ethics, management, and education. Students are also prepared to enter interdisciplinary graduate programs in science communication, public health/epidemiology, health and medical geography, environmental studies and policy, medical anthropology, journalism, narrative medicine, data science, history and philosophy of science, genetic counseling, health and environmental economics, and design.