Interdisciplinary Science

Interdisciplinary Science

The Natural Sciences and Mathematics department offers a BA degree in Interdisciplinary Science. Following a curriculum that spans the natural sciences, students explore the connections between science and society by engaging with issues such as stem cell research, clean-water access, alternative energies, and nanotechnology.

The Interdisciplinary Science degree prepares students for science-based careers that depend on strong background in scientific and quantitative reasoning and an understanding of the relationship between the natural sciences and mathematics and the social sciences, humanities, and the arts. The curriculum helps students achieve this level of interdisciplinary understanding by explicitly connecting science and mathematics to social issues such as health, environment, education, ethics, and policy.

Through sequenced courses and experiential learning opportunities, such as internships that address real-world problems, the Interdisciplinary Science curriculum helps students merge theory and practice and learn to appreciate the importance of a scientific approach when investigating problems. Student-centered seminars integrate key scientific concepts and methodologies with how the concepts and methodologies are applied. Introductory courses explore scientific and mathematical principles, theory, and methods while providing opportunities for students to develop problem-solving and laboratory skills. Intermediate and advanced courses build on foundational knowledge and emphasize the application of scientific and mathematical principles. In all courses, students are encouraged to move away from passive learning and memorization toward active understanding and practice of scientific and mathematical principles.

Graduates from the Interdisciplinary Science degree program are prepared to work in positions in health and environmental policy, advocacy, management, and education. They are also prepared to enter interdisciplinary graduate programs in health, and environment, or professional graduate programs such as law and business. Most graduates have chosen career paths and graduate programs that require scientific and quantitative understanding. Eugene Lang College’s strong emphasis on liberal arts ensures that students can pursue any career that requires a solid foundation in the liberal arts. Visit the Interdisciplinary Science blog to read about what alumni are doing. Students are also prepared to work for institutes focused on policy making and ethics, to conduct research, or to work for NGOS/NPOs promoting healthy people and environments. See the Global Health Corps Fellows Program, the CDC Public Health Associates Program and other programs on our Resources pages.

Students majoring in Interdisciplinary Science may qualify for funding for fellowships and research experiences.

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