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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Integrated Science and Technology, B.S.

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Degree Requirements

While completing the ISAT courses, the student will also pursue the university’s general education curriculum that is required of all students and is a cornerstone of the education received by every student. The required ISAT courses are listed below. A total of 120 credit hours are required for graduation.

In addition, a grade equal to or higher than “C-” is required for ISAT 151 , ISAT 152 , and ISAT 251 .

Required Courses

  • Issues in Science and Technology I-V 17 Credit Hours
  • Social Context of Technology and Science 6 Credit Hours
  • Analytical Methods I-V 17 Credit Hours
  • Strategic Sectors/Concentration 31-33 Credit Hours
  • Senior Thesis/Project 6 Credit Hours
  • General Education  courses and electives 42-44 Credit Hours 1


1 The General Education  program contains a set of requirements each student must fulfill. The number of credit hours necessary to fulfill these requirements may vary.

Total: 120 Credit Hours

Major Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree in integrated science and technology produces a graduate broadly acquainted with basic science, technology and social science. All students pursue a common program through their sophomore year that provides a foundation of science and an introduction to its technology applications. Studies are integrated and include mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry, biology, knowledgebased systems, internet networking and security, environmental science, modern production, energy, and the role of science and technology in society. During their junior and senior years, all students pursue deeper study of strategically significant areas that include applied biotechnology, energy, environmental studies, engineering and manufacturing, information and knowledge management, and telecommunications, networking, and security. Each student selects a concentration in any of these areas and pursues additional study in the concentration culminating in a senior project. Students rely heavily upon the computer as a problem-solving tool throughout the curriculum, work in teams extensively and engage in laboratory experiences in the requisite sciences.

Analytical Methods

This sequence of five courses provides students with basic methods and tools for understanding and analyzing problems in science and technology. Subjects are taught in an integrated manner with applications as the unifying factor. Topics include calculus, elements of the physical sciences, statistics, project management, the computer, knowledge-based systems, and instrumentation and measurement.

First Year Student and Sophomore Courses

Issues in Science and Technology

This sequence of five courses engages students in the practice of science, both to motivate and to provide understanding of science and technology in the context of important current social issues. Current areas from which issues are selected are living systems, the environment, modern production, internet networking and security, and energy.

Social Context of Technology and Science

This two-course sequence introduces the student to the broader issues encountered in science and technology problem-solving, particularly social, ethical, economic and legal issues.

Junior and Senior Courses

Strategic Sectors in Science and Technology

Students complete 19-21 credit hours of instruction in strategic sectors during their junior year. The strategic sectors, developed from national critical technologies lists, represent areas of current strategic importance in the world economy. The sectors are applied biotechnology, energy, environment, engineering/manufacturing, information/knowledge management and telecommunications, networking, and security.

Concentration Requirements

Students are provided the opportunity to focus their program of study by taking four additional courses in a particular area of concentration.

The current areas for a concentration are:

  • Applied Biotechnology
  • Energy
  • Engineering and Manufacturing
  • Environment
  • Information and Knowledge Management
  • Telecommunications, Networking, and Security

Students also have the option to tailor their area of concentration with the help of their adviser and the approval of the ISAT program director.

Senior Capstone Project

This is the capstone experience of the senior year. Working as part of a team of students and cross disciplinary faculty, seniors will propose, develop, manage, analyze and report on a project that addresses a real-world problem.

Recommended Schedule for Majors

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fall Semester

  • ISAT Strategic Sector I 3 Credit Hours
  • ISAT Strategic Sector I Lab 1 Credit Hours
  • ISAT Strategic Sector II 3 Credit Hours
  • ISAT Strategic Sector III 3 Credit Hours
  • ISAT Strategic Sector III Lab 1 Credit Hours
Total: 11 Credit Hours

Spring Semester

  • ISAT Strategic Sector I 3 Credit Hours
  • ISAT Strategic Sector II 3 Credit Hours
  • ISAT Strategic Sector II Lab 1 Credit Hours
  • ISAT Strategic Sector III 3 Credit Hours
  • 1.00
Total: 11 Credit Hours

Fourth Year

Fall Semester

Total: 8 Credit Hours

Spring Semester

Total: 9 Credit Hours

Integrated Science and Technology Major with Pre-health Preparation

Students majoring in ISAT desiring to prepare for higher education in health careers (dentistry, optometry, medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary) may waive some required ISAT courses if they take equivalent courses required by the pre-health programs.

These equivalencies are not generally granted outside of a pre-health preparation program. Students who begin a preparation but do not finish it may be able to have some of the courses waived. Contact Paul Henriksen, Coordinator for Students, for more information.

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