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).
1. Content Knowledge: The student is able to apply basic scientific and quantitative principles and the relationships between them across different scales to understand issues in health and environment.
2. Epistemology of Science: Using historical and contemporary examples, the student is able to describe the process of science and the interplay between inductive reasoning and deductive reasoning.
3. Social Context/Interdisciplinarity: The student is able to recognize the importance of the interplay between science and society.
4. Quantitative Reasoning/Visual Literacy: The student is able to use quantitative methods to solve problems, analyze scientific data, and construct conceptual mathematical models.
5. Lab Skills: The student is able to design, execute, and interpret the results of experiments in a laboratory setting.
6. Skills and Abilities: The student can locate, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate sources of scientific information to address problems, make decisions, and take action. The student can communicate science effectively in a variety of forms and can work on a sustained project independently and in collaboration with others.
7. Personal Empowerment: The student expresses excitement, confidence, and passion about science and society and understands how science can be an agent for social change.
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 program requirement worksheet (see below) for the year in which you declare.
See Interdisciplinary Science Advising and Resources for information about:
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 (spring)
LMTH 2050 Math Models in Nature (spring)
LSCI 2500 Chemistry of the Environment (fall)
LSCI 2040 Genes, Environment, and Behavior (spring)
LSCI 3020 Methods of Scientific Inquiry (For Methods, consult with faculty advisor from the department; LSCI 3031 Chemistry of Atmosphere can count in some cases. Interested students should speak to their faculty advisor.)
Choose two (2) LSCI Foundation courses from the courses below (macro scale; must be chosen in consultation with an Interdisciplinary Science faculty member):
Choose one (1) additional LMTH Math course from the courses below, in consultation with a faculty advisor from the department:
Choose one (1) LSCI Laboratory course from the courses below (all have prerequisites):
Choose two (2) LSCI Intermediate/Advanced courses (prerequisites required; offered alternate years)
Choose one (1) additional LSCI Advanced course (LSCI 4000 and above; prerequisites required). Must be chosen in consultation with faculty advisor from department:
One (1) elective: Any LSCI, LMTH, or UENV course that has not been applied toward satisfying a requirement above. Selected in consultation with faculty advisor from the department. Note: The following courses do not satisfy this elective requirement: Quantitative Reasoning I, Pre-Calculus, and Statistics for the Social Sciences. First Year courses and history or philosophy courses can count in some cases (consult with faculty advisor from the department).
Total credits: 48-52
2019-2020:- Interdisciplinary Science Worksheet (checklist) and Suggested Schedule- Major/Minor Declaration Statement
2018-2019:- Interdisciplinary Science Worksheet (checklist) and Suggested Schedule- Major/Minor Declaration Statement
2017-2018: - Interdisciplinary Science Worksheet (checklist) and Suggested Schedule - Major/Minor Declaration Statement
2016-2017: - Interdisciplinary Science Worksheet (checklist) and Suggested Schedule - Major/Minor Declaration Statement
2015-2016 Interdisciplinary Science Worksheet 2014-2015 Interdisciplinary Science Worksheet
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Program ContactKatayoun ChamanyAssociate Professor of BiologyNatural Sciences and Mathematics Chair and Departmental Faculty Advisorchamanyk@newschool.edu
Admission ContactOffice of AdmissionEugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
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