Lang’s General Degree Requirements
In addition to the requirements outlined here, Lang has specific requirements, including a minimum number of credits in liberal arts courses as well as college residency requirements. All students should read Lang’s General Degree Requirements and consult with both their Student Success advisor and their Departmental Faculty Advisor each semester to ensure that they are on track to graduate.
To be sure their Degree Works account reflects the information in this worksheet, students should forward any approved exemptions from the following requirements to their Student Success advisor.
Requirements for the BA in Interdisciplinary Science
As of fall 2020, students declaring the major in Interdisciplinary Science must take 12 courses, outlined as follows. An internship/research project is recommended, and a science fellowship is optional and merit-based. Students must earn a grade of C
or higher in all courses to meet the requirements for the major in Interdisciplinary Science. Declare your major by following the process outlined in Declaring Your Major. Students
declare their major at various points, but we recommend that when you declare, you review the sample course menu in the Interdisciplinary Science Worksheet below, submit a MAJORS/MINOR statement, and schedule an advising appointment with the Departmental
Faculty Advisor of the Interdisciplinary Science Program so that advising can be personalized and appropriate to your interests and post-graduate plans.
Students who have declared the major in Interdisciplinary Science before fall 2020 but wish to follow the fall 2020 curriculum can consult their Student Success advisor about submitting a Change of Catalog Year request. Only specific courses satisfy the
major requirements, including electives. Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the Departmental Faculty Advisor and your Student Success advisor. Track your progress using the program worksheet (below). See the university course catalog for fall 2023 Interdisciplinary Science courses that fulfill these requirements.
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
Introductory courses—6 courses total (18–24 credits):
Other required courses—5 courses total (18–20 credits):
- LSCI 2040 Genes, Environment, and Behavior
- LMTH 2055 Modeling with Quantitative Data
- LSCI 2500 Chemistry of the Environment
- LSCI 2700 Energy and Sustainability
- LSCI 2320 Microbial Ecologies
- 1 approved LSCI 2000-level foundation course
- Choose 1 Mathematics course from the list below. Consult with the Departmental Faculty Advisor.
- LMTH 2040 Calculus I
- LMTH 2045 Calculus II
- LMTH 2030 Statistics with SPSS
- LMTH 2014 QRII Research Methods and Visualization (prerequisite: QR I or QR placement test)
- Choose 1 LSCI 3xxx Laboratory Science course (all have prerequisites)
- Choose 2 LSCI 3xxx intermediate/advanced courses (All intermediate/advanced courses have prerequisites. Note that these courses are offered every year, but course offerings may vary from year to year. All have prerequisites.)
- 1 LSCI /LMTH elective other than Quantitative Reasoning I. With faculty approval, a non-LSCI/LMTH course may fulfill this requirement. This must be chosen in consultation with the Departmental Faculty Advisor.
- In addition to the requirements outlined above, students are encouraged to discuss the following options with their Departmental Faculty Advisor:
• Internship/Research (recommended)
• Science Fellowship (merit-based)
Senior Capstone (3–4 credits):
- Choose 1 Interdisciplinary Science capstone in consultation with the Departmental Faculty Advisor or the chair of the department:
- LSCI 4900 Interdisciplinary Science Capstone
- An approved graduate-level course
Total credits: 39–48