Interdisciplinary Studies in Science
The College of Sciences and Mathematics is dedicated to helping its students to understand the natural world and to improve the conditions of its inhabitants. As the sciences have grown more complex and our understanding of natural phenomena ever greater, the traditional scientific disciplines have begun to work together and to forge new alliances to address particular areas of concern. The programs within the College of Sciences and Mathematics are continually developing as a reflection of such interdisciplinary approaches to problem-solving. The programs listed below represent exciting new majors which cross disciplinary boundaries within the College and across the University as a whole. Follow the links to learn more about the programs, the students and the faculty.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is a major that is taught jointly by the faculty in Chemistry and Biology. The major prepares a student for entry level laboratory technical positions in the biotechnology industry, for graduate study in a variety of biological and chemical disciplines, and for application to medical, veterinary or dental school.
Environmental Science is a broad interdisciplinary major with professors from a variety of schools on campus. The major prepares students for entry-level positions in a variety of areas, or for further graduate or professional studies in environmental science, policy or law.The Institute for Computing Related Disciplines (ICoRD) offers two interdisciplinary majors, each of which contains a core of study in computer science. Web Programming and Development is a major which develops skills in design communication, art and computer science for implementation of Web site design. The major in Applied Discrete Mathematics prepares students for work in industry, government or business and for further professional study. There are also two minors offered in Database Administration or Web Development.
Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary major that combines a core of courses in biology, psychology, chemistry, and physics with upper level electives in biology and psychology that students select based upon their interests. Graduates of the neuroscience program typically attend graduate school or medical school although some choose to teach or to work in research labs.