Feb 04, 2023  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog

Integrated Science and Technology, B.S.


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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, knowledge-based systems, 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, environment and sustainability, industrial and manufacturing systems, and applied computing. Each student selects a concentration in any of these areas and pursues additional study in the concentration culminating in a capstone 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.

Degree Requirements


A grade equal to or higher than “C-” is required for ISAT 151 , ISAT 152 , ISAT 212  and ISAT 251 .

Required Courses


  • General Education  41 Credit Hours1 
  • ISAT major requirements (listed below) 66-67 Credit Hours2
  • Concentration requirements (listed below) 12 Credit Hours
  • University electives 0-1 Credit Hours

Total: 120 Credit Hours


Footnotes


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.

2 ISAT major requirements include the quantitative and scientific literacy requirements of the B.S. degree.

ISAT 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, knowledge-based systems, 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, environment and sustainability, industrial and manufacturing systems, and applied computing. 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.

First Year Student and Sophomore Courses


Issues in Science and Technology - 14 Credit Hours


This sequence of four courses (ISAT 112, 113, 211, and 212) 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, and energy.

Analytical Methods - 17 Credit Hours


This sequence of five courses (ISAT 151, 152, 251, 252 and 300) 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. ISAT 300 is usually taken in the third year.

Social Context of Technology and Science - 6 Credit Hours


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


Holistic Problem Solving - 10 Credit Hours


This four-course sequence introduces the students to holistic problem solving and has them study a complex problem in an area of technology.

Strategic Sectors in Science and Technology - 13-14 Credit Hours


Students complete instruction in strategic sectors during their junior year. Students must choose two of the sectors and complete the full sector sequence for each of the two. The strategic sectors, developed from national critical technologies lists, represent areas of current strategic importance in the world economy.

The current areas for the sectors are:

  • Applied Biotechnology
  • Applied Computing
  • Energy
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Industrial and Manufacturing systems

These are the same topic areas as for the concentrations in ISAT. Sector level classes are 300 level and concentration classes are 400 level.

Senior Capstone Project - 6 Credit Hours


Students take the last senior project class and the rest of their four concentration classes.

Concentration Requirements - 12 Credit Hours


Students are provided the opportunity to focus their program of study by taking four additional courses in a particular area of concentration. This area should align with one of the strategic sectors completed in the junior year. The current areas for a concentration are:

  • Applied Biotechnology
  • Applied Computing
  • Energy
  • Environment and Sustainability
  • Industrial and Manufacturing systems
  • Social Contexts co-concentration
  • Tailored concentration*

*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.

Concentrations


The courses listed below may be taken to fulfill concentration requirements. If you wish to substitute other courses, you must obtain Concentration Adviser approval. Four courses (twelve credit hours) are required in addition to your senior project for a single concentration.

Energy


Required Energy Concentration Courses: 6 Credit Hours


Energy Concentration Electives: 6 Credit Hours

Environment and Sustainability


Choose 12 credit hours from the following course options:

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems


Choose 12 credit hours from the following course options:

Social Contexts of Science and Technology


Students who select this concentration must also choose an additional concentration. Choose 12 credit hours from the following course options:

Tailored Concentration


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

Footnote


1 EIS minors only

Recommended Schedule for Majors


First Year


Total: 15 Credit Hours

Spring Semester


Total: 15 Credit Hours

Second Year


Fall Semester


Total: 15 Credit Hours

Spring Semester


Total: 15 Credit Hours

Third Year


Fall Semester


Total: 14-17 Credit Hours

Spring Semester


Total: 13-17 Credit Hours

Fourth Year


Fall Semester


Students take the third senior project class and on the average two concentration classes.

  • Credits: 2.00
  • ISAT Concentration I 3 Credit Hours
  • ISAT Concentration II 3 Credit Hours Credits / Units: 6.00
  • General Education / University Electives Credits / Units: 7.00

Total: 15 Credit Hours

Spring Semester


Students take the last senior project class and the rest of their four concentration classes.

  • Credits: 2.00
  • ISAT Concentration III 3 Credit Hours
  • ISAT Concentration IV 3 Credit Hours Credits / Units: 6.00
  • General Education / University Electives Credits / Units: 7.00

Total: 15 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.

Required Courses for Pre-Health

ISAT Courses Waived

BIO 140 /BIO 140L , BIO 240 /BIO 240L 

ISAT 113 /ISAT 113L 

CHEM 131 CHEM 132  

ISAT 112  

PHYS (140 150 ) or (240 250 )

ISAT 152 ISAT 212  

MATH 205 235  or 231  and 232  

ISAT 151  

MATH 220  

ISAT 251  

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