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Rensselaer Catalog 2007-2008 [Archived Catalog]

Interdisciplinary Science


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The core course requirements of the Interdisciplinary Science curriculum are 20 science courses, each carrying three or more credits, chosen from offerings in the fields of astronomy, biology, biochemistry and biophysics, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, geology, mathematical sciences (course codes MATH and MATP) and physics. Each curriulum most include eight credit hours of mathematics including MATH 1010 Calculus I, BIOL 1010 Introduction to Biology; and PHYS 1100, Physics I. Each curriculum must include courses in at least six science disciplines. For this purpose, course codes MATH and MATP are a single discipline as are course codes ASTR and PHYS. In order to ensure depth and breadth, the curriculum must consist of at least eight courses in one discipline and four courses in each of two other disciplines.The remaining four courses are to be chosen from at least three other disciplines. The eight-course concentration must include two or more courses at the 4000 level. Other Institute-wide requirements for graduation such as the humanities and social sciences core requirements must also be met.

The student’s specific objectives will determine the balance of the curriculum to yield a total of 124 credits needed for graduation.

This curriculum leads to the Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Science.

First Year


Fall


  • Hum. or Soc. Sci. Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 3 below)

Spring


  • Hum. or Soc. Sci. Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 3 below)

Second Year


Fall


  • Science Option Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnote 1 and 2 below)
  • Science Option Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnote 1 and 2 below)
  • Hum. or Soc. Sci Credit Hours: 3
    (See footnote 3 below)

Spring


  • Science Option Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnote 1 and 2 below)
  • Science Option Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnote 1 and 2 below)
  • Science Option Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnote 1 and 2 below)
  • Hum. or Soc. Sci Credit Hours: 3
    (See footnote 3 below)

Third Year


Fall


  • Science Option Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnote 1 and 2 below)
  • Science Option Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnote 1 and 2 below)
  • Science Option Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnote 1 and 2 below)
  • Hum. or Soc. Sci. Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 3 below)

Spring


  • Science Option Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnote 1 and 2 below)
  • Science Option Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnote 1 and 2 below)
  • Science Option Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnote 1 and 2 below)
  • Hum. or Soc. Sci. Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 3 below)

Fourth Year


Fall


  • Science Option Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnote 1 and 2 below)
  • Culminating Experience
    (See footnote 4 below)
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3-4
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3-4

Spring


  • Science Option Credit Hours: 3-4
    (See footnote 1 and 2 below)
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3-4
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3-4
  • Elective Credit Hours: 3-4

Footnotes


  1. Science Options are chosen from among the offerings of the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Physics. ERTH 1030 and ERTH 1040, Natural Science I and II do not satisfy the Science Options. MATH and MATP are a single discipline. ASTR and PHYS are a single discipline. BIOL and BCBP are a single discipline.
  2. Science Option: All six science options must be fulfilled. (i) Eight courses from a single discipline; (ii) Four courses from a second discipline; (iii) Four courses from a third discipline; and (iv) One course from each of the three disciplines not represented in (i), (ii), or (iii). Two or more of the courses in the eight course sequence must be at the 4000 level. These include the required courses listed above.
  3. Humanities and Social Sciences courses shall total 24 and meet distribution requirements in the catalog.
  4. All students must successfully complete at least one culminating experience carrying three or more credits. Some examples are Thesis Research, Project, Software Development and Critical Assessment of Literature.
  5. The sequencing of courses may be rearranged to meet students’ needs as long as prerequisites are met, i.e. Biology may be moved to the first, third, or fourth year if desired.

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