Interdisciplinary Science


  • Overview

    This unique curriculum spans the natural sciences to explore the connections between science and society by engaging with public policy issues such as stem cell research, access to clean water, alternative energies, and nanotechnology. Learn more about the Interdisciplinary Science program.


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School. 


    Requirements for the Interdisciplinary Science Minor

    Be sure to use the Interdisciplinary Science Major/Minor Declaration document when declaring the minor. Courses should be chosen in consultation with an Interdisciplinary Science faculty member. The minor in Interdisciplinary Science requires completion of the following five (5) courses. Students must receive a grade of C or better in every course used to fulfill the minor requirements.

    • LSCI 2700 Energy and Sustainability (4 credits)
    • One (1) LMTH Math course*+ (3-4 credits)
    • Choose two (2) Foundation courses. These should add breadth to the program and satisfy the prerequisite for the Laboratory course requirement, so across two disciplinary areas* (total 8 credits): 
      • LSCI 2500 Chemistry of the Environment
      • LSCI 2040 Genes, Environment and Behavior
      • LSCI 2037 Foundation of Physics
      • LSCI 2300 Urban Environmental Health
      • LSCI 2840 Science and Politics of Infectious Diseases
      • UENV 2400 Urban Ecology
    • Choose one (1) LSCI Laboratory course (4 credits):
      • 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 (prerequisite: UENV 2400 Urban Ecology or LSCI 2040 Genes, Environment, and Behavior)

    Total Credits: 19-20
    *Must be chosen in consultation with an Interdisciplinary Science faculty member.
    +The following courses do not satisfy the math course requirement: Quantitative Reasoning 1, Pre-Calculus

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

    Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts can pursue deeper study in this subject area through the self-designed major. To explore this option, contact an academic advisor and read more about the self-designed option at Lang.