Interdisciplinary Science

Hands-on, practical, personalized plan of study to earn a polytechnic degree through choice of an academic minor.
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The Interdisciplinary Science Concentration (B.S. in Applied Science) allows you to personalize a plan of study to earn a liberal arts polytechnic degree through your choice of an academic minor. You can use your minor to address requirements for entry into a health professional school (e.g., pharmacy, physical therapy, chiropractic). Minors include Human Physiology, Health and Wellness, Psychology, Disability Services, Business Administration and Biomedical Instrumentation, among many others.

Scientists in the field of Interdisciplinary Science

  • Navigate the interfaces between disciplines
  • Work in a lab and/or client-oriented environment
  • Understand and communicate the fundamentals of biology, chemistry and physics

Original Research Experiences

You can participate in both individually-mentored and classroom-based research experiences that give them independent investigative inquiry skills and experience invaluable either for an immediate entry into the workforce or a seamless transition into post-graduate studies. The cross-disciplinary nature of this concentration connects you with a larger and more diverse number of faculty, offering you a wide variety of undergraduate research opportunities that span cutting-edge topics in chemistry, biology, physics and translational biomedical research.

Additionally, you can choose to pursue research through internships with an employer. Participation in experiences like these ensures that you will graduate with concrete skills and a flexibility in thinking required for success in an increasingly interdisciplinary world.

Current Interdisciplinary Science student research topics include:

  • Multiple sclerosis research
  • Zebrafish genetics
  • Modeling of astronomical systems

Get your hands on high-tech instrumentation

You will learn to use and work with equipment and instrumentation not accessible to undergraduates elsewhere.

Instrumentation and Facilities

While collaborating with other institutions you will have access to supplementary techniques, in addition to networking with professionals in the field. These facilities and instruments are incorporated into the laboratories of several courses.

  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (NMR)
  • Cadaver Laboratory

After Graduation Employment

The coursework, hands-on laboratories, instrumentation training, and research experiences will prepare you to work and be productive in a variety of fields including:

  • Health and Safety Scientist
  • Technical Sales Professional
  • Quality Assurance Scientist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Lab Scientist/Technician
  • Research Scientist/Technician

Pre-Professional Study

The B.S. Applied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program can prepare undergraduate students who plan to continue their education in various graduate or professional schools or programs.

  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Occupational Therapy
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Physical Therapy
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Veterinary

For additional information, please review the Pre-Professional Programs page.