Multidisciplinary Science is different from traditional natural science majors in that it pulls coursework from multiple STEM departments to provide students with a self-guided interdisciplinary education.

The MSCI curriculum structure is designed to:

  • Provide students with interdisciplinary curricular choices that develop competencies important for all STEM fields.
  • Emphasize and develop skillsets commonly sought by employers.
  • Address expectations of students entering the Program, for example timely degree completion.

Through completing a Multidisciplinary Science major students will be able to

  • Understand the methodology of science and recognize its limitations.
  • Identify connections between STEM disciplines to build foundational interdisciplinary knowledge.
  • Apply mathematics and modeling to the analysis and interpretation of quantitative information.
  • Communicate knowledge, ideas, and reasoning clearly, effectively, and objectively.
  • Become an actively engaged team member through participation in collaborative work.
  • Plan, organize and prioritize time and coursework for meaningful and timely degree completion.

Four-Year Degree Plan

Featured Courses

BI 170 Happiness Neuroscience & Psychology

ANTH 270 Introduction to Biological Anthropology​​​​​​

Examines the biological aspects of the human species from comparative, ecological, and evolutionary perspectives. Explores theoretical and methodological issues in biological anthropology.

BI 212 General Biology II: Organisms

BI 212 General Biology II: Organisms
Instructor: Mark Carrier

In Bi212 we study how single cells develop into very complex multicellular organisms, and how those cells manage to function as a coherent unit in typical and in extreme environments. We learn about food and reproduction and hearts and brains (for example), and the analogous things in plants. More importantly, the goal of the course is for students to join the scientific community by designing experiments, reading classic papers, and analyzing data from very current scientific reports.

BI 442/542 Systemantic Botany

GEOG 360 Watershed Science and Policy​​​​​​

Physical and biological processes of watersheds; problems of land use, water quality, riparian zones, aquatic ecology; scientific basis of watershed management and policy.