Bachelor of Science in Integrative Sciences Program (INSC)

This program produces a well-prepared student who is able to contribute to the local, regional, and global community on current scientific topics.  An environment favorable to interdisciplinary learning in science is provided, and through classroom and experiential learning opportunities, the student is allowed to develop his or her own interests in the areas where the different disciplines overlap.  In conjunction with the general education coursework, the student develops the skills to competently communicate with scientists and non-scientists, the motivation to be engaged citizens, the capacity to be sensitive to the needs of local and global communities, and the knowledge in the physical sciences to enter the workforce or graduate school.

Program Goals

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Integrative Sciences at HU  program are able to:

  • Demonstrate the basic knowledge and technical skills to work effectively in a cross-disciplinary scientific field by demonstrating the knowledge and skills from more than one of the scientific disciplines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate scientific information, including information that results from laboratory experimentation or field work, in oral and written formats to both scientists and nonscientists.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make effective use of the library and other information resources in an academic area, including finding, conveying and critically evaluating scientific information obtained in scholarly journal articles, as well as sources obtained through an internet search.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make effective use of computers in addition to using technology as a tool in writing, collaborating with a team, illustrating, and data analysis to communicate scientific information.
  • Demonstrate sufficient mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills to perform competently in a professional position in the chosen field or in continuing professional training.

Integrative Sciences Requirements – Complete all of the following courses (15 semester hours):  INSC 180 Integrative Sciences (3), BIOL 102 General Biology Lecture (3), BIOL 103 General Biology Laboratory (1), CHEM 151 General Chemistry I Lecture (3), CHEM 152 General Chemistry I Laboratory, and PHYS 210 General Physics I (4).  Completion of one of the following concentrations is also required:   Biology, Biological Chemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Renewable Energy and Forensics.  A complete list of the program requirements by concentration follows.


Biology at HU Concentration – 50 semester hours

The following courses comprise the HU biology concentration of the Integrative Sciences program.  The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ().

Complete all of the following courses – 15 semester hours:

BIOL 102
General Biology Lecture
(3 credits)
BIOL 103
General Biology Laboratory
(1 credit)
CHEM 151
General Chemistry I Lecture
(3 credits)
CHEM 152
General Chemistry I Laboratory
(1 credit)
INSC 180
Integrative Sciences
(3 credits)
PHYS 210
General Physics I
(4 credits)

Complete all of the following courses – 23 semester hours:

BIOL 281
Cell Biology Lecture
(3 credits)
BIOL 282
Cell Biology Laboratory
(1 credit)
BIOL 302
Principles of Ecology
(4 credits)
BIOL 320
Genetics
(3 credits)
BIOL 330
Microbiology
(4 credits)
CHEM 161
General Chemistry II Lecture
(3 credits)
CHEM 162
General Chemistry II Laboratory
(1 credit)
CHEM 210
Organic Chemistry I
(4 credits)

Complete three of the following courses – 12 semester hours:

BIOL 214
Anatomy and Physiology I
(4 credits)
BIOL 215
Anatomy and Physiology II
(4 credits)
BIOL 225
Entomology
(4 credits)
BIOL 305
Evolution
(3 credits)
BIOL 370
Molecular Biology
(4 credits)
BIOL 375
Immunology
(4 credits)
BIOL 380
Special Topics in Biology
(3 credits)
CHEM 330
Biochemistry I
(4 credits)
ENVS 350
Ecosystem Management and Restoration
(4 credits)
FORS 315
Forensic Entomology
(4 credits)
INSC 310
Conservation Biology
(3 credits)
INSC 320
Study of Disease
(3 credits)
INSC 335
Field Studies in Ecology
(3 credits)
INSC 340
Community Health and Research
(3 credits)
INSC 350
Animal Behavior
(4 credits)

 Biological Chemistry at HU Concentration – 48 to 50 semester hours

The following courses comprise the HU biological chemistry concentration of the Integrative Sciences program.  The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ().

Complete all of the following courses – 15 semester hours:

BIOL 102
General Biology Lecture
(3 credits)
BIOL 103
General Biology Laboratory
(1 credit)
CHEM 151
General Chemistry I Lecture
(3 credits)
CHEM 152
General Chemistry I Laboratory
(1 credit)
INSC 180
Integrative Sciences
(3 credits)
PHYS 210
General Physics I
(4 credits)

Complete all of the following courses – 27 semester hours:

BIOL 281
Cell Biology Lecture
(3 credits)
BIOL 282
Cell Biology Laboratory
(1 credit)
CHEM 161
General Chemistry II Lecture
(3 credits)
CHEM 162
General Chemistry II Laboratory
(1 credit)
CHEM 200
Environmental Chemistry I
(3 credits)
CHEM 210
Organic Chemistry I
(4 credits)
CHEM 220
Organic Chemistry II
(4 credits)
CHEM 320
Bio-Organic Chemistry
(3 credits)
CHEM 330
Biochemistry I
(4 credits)
PHYS 260
General Physics II
(4 credits)

Complete two of the following courses – 6-8 semester hours:

CHEM 310
Environmental Chemistry II
(4 credits)
CHEM 320
Bio-Organic Chemistry
(4 credits)
CHEM 340
Forensic Chemistry
(4 credits)
CHEM 350
Biochemistry II
(4 credits)
CHEM 380
Special Topics in Chemistry
(3 credits)
CHEM 420
Inorganic Chemistry
(3 credits)
INSC 401
Nanoscience
(3 credits)
PHYS 315
Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
(3 credits)

Chemistry at HU Concentration – 44 to 46 semester hours

The following courses comprise the Harrisburg University chemistry concentration of the Integrative Sciences program.  The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ().

Complete all of the following courses – 15 semester hours:

BIOL 102
General Biology Lecture
(3 credits)
BIOL 103
General Biology Laboratory
(1 credit)
CHEM 151
General Chemistry I Lecture
(3 credits)
CHEM 152
General Chemistry I Laboratory
(1 credit)
INSC 180
Integrative Sciences
(3 credits)
PHYS 210
General Physics I
(4 credits)

Complete all of the following courses – 15 semester hours:

CHEM 161 
General Chemistry II
(3 credits)
CHEM 162
General Chemistry II Laboratory
(1 credit)
CHEM 200
Environmental Chemistry I
(3 credits)
CHEM 210
Organic Chemistry I
(4 credits)
PHYS 260 
General Physics II
(4 credits)

Complete 14 – 16 semester hours from the following courses:

CHEM 220
Organic Chemistry II
(4 credits)
CHEM 310
Environmental Chemistry II
(4 credits)
CHEM 320
Bio-Organic Chemistry
(3 credits)
CHEM 330
Biochemistry I
(4 credits)
CHEM 350
Biochemistry II
(4 credits)
CHEM 340
Forensic Chemistry
(4 credits)
CHEM 380
Special Topics in Chemistry
(3 credits)
CHEM 420
Inorganic Chemistry
(3 credits)
INSC 401
Nanoscience
(3 credits)
PHYS 315
Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
(3 credits)

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Environmental Science and Renewable Energy Concentration – 50 semester hours
The following courses comprise the Environmental Science and Renewable Energy at HU concentration of the Integrative Sciences program.  The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ().

Complete all of the following courses – 15 semester hours:

BIOL 102
General Biology Lecture
(3 credits)
BIOL 103
General Biology Laboratory
(1 credit)
CHEM 151
General Chemistry I Lecture
(3 credits)
CHEM 152
General Chemistry I Laboratory
(1 credit)
INSC 180
Integrative Sciences
(3 credits)
PHYS 210
General Physics I
(4 credits)

Complete all of the following courses – 11 semester hours:

ENVS 101
Introduction to Environmental Science
(4 credits)
ENVS 211
Introduction to Renewable Energy Systems
(3 credits)
GSTC 140
Introduction to GIS
(4 credits)

Complete 24 semester hours from the following courses:

BIOL 281
Cell Biology Lecture
(3 credits)
BIOL 282
Cell Biology Laboratory
(1 credit)
BIOL 302
Principles of Ecology
(4 credits)
BIOL 320
Genetics
(3 credits)
BIOL 330
Microbiology
(4 credits)
BIOL 375
Immunology
(4 credits)
BIOL 380
Special Topics in Biology
(3 credits)
BTEC 170
Introduction to Biotechnology
(3 credits)
BTEC 350
Biotechnology Techniques
(4 credits)
BTEC 351
Biotechnology Applications
(4 credits)
CHEM 161
General Chemistry II Lecture
(3 credits)
CHEM 162
General Chemistry II Laboratory
(1 credit)
CHEM 200
Environmental Chemistry I
(3 credits)
CHEM 210
Organic Chemistry I
(4 credits)
CHEM 220
Organic Chemistry II
(4 credits)
CHEM 310
Environmental Chemistry II
(4 credits)
CHEM 320
Bio-Organic Chemistry
(3 credits)
CHEM 330 
Biochemistry I
(4 credits)
CHEM 380
Special Topics in Chemistry
(3 credits)
CHEM 420
Inorganic Chemistry
(3 credits)
ENVS 104
Our Ocean World
(3 credits)
ENVS 201
Introduction to Geology
(3 credits)
ENVS 301
Global Change: Physical Processes and Human Impact
(3 credits)
ENVS 302
Environmental Regulation and Management
(3 credits)
ENVS 350
Ecosystem Management and Restoration
(4 credits)
ENVS 380
Special Topics in Environmental Science
(3 credits)
ENVS 401
Environmental Modeling
(3 credits)
GEND 251
The Political Mind
(6 credits)
INSC 310
Conservation Biology
(3 credits)
INSC 335
Field Studies in Ecology
(3 credits)
INSC 401
Nanoscience – An Integrative Approach
(3 credits)
PHYS 315
Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
(3 credits)

Complete 25 semester hours from the following courses:

NANO 211*
Materials, Safety and Equipment Overview for Nanotechnology
(3 credits)
NANO 213*
Materials in Nanotechnology
(3 credits)
NANO 212*
Basic Nanotechnology Processes
(3 credits)
NANO 214*
Lithography for Nanofabrication
(3 credits)
NANO 215* 
Materials Modification in Nanofabrication
(3 credits)
NANO 216* 
Characterization, Testing of Nanofabricated Structures and Materials
(3 credits)
PHYS 301
Applied Energy Physics
(3 credits)

* If a student has an interest in nanofabrication, all six courses (18 semester hours) can be completed as an off-campus study program at The Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Nanotechnology Education.


Forensics Concentration – 43 to 44 semester hours

The following courses comprise the Forensics at HU  concentration of the Integrative Sciences program.  The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ().

Complete all of the following courses – 15 semester hours:

BIOL 102
General Biology Lecture
(3 credits)
BIOL 103
General Biology Laboratory
(1 credit)
CHEM 151
General Chemistry I Lecture
(3 credits)
CHEM 152
General Chemistry I Laboratory
(1 credit)
INSC 180
Integrative Sciences
(3 credits)
PHYS 210
General Physics I
(4 credits)

Complete all of the following courses – 9 semester hours:

FORS 125 
Introduction to Forensics
(3 credits)
FORS 270
Crime Scene Investigation
(3 credits)
FORS 360
Forensic Case Study
(3 credits)

Complete six of the following courses – 19 to 20 semester hours:

CISC 320
Forensic Computing
(4 credits)
FORS 160
Introduction to Forensic Computing
(3 credits)
FORS 315 
Forensic Entomology
(4 credits)
FORS 361
Criminal Profiling
(3 credits)
FORS 362
Medico-Legal Death Investigation
(3 credits)
FORS 363
Forensic Population Studies
(3 credits)
FORS 364 
Fraud Investigation
(3 credits)
FORS 365
Crime Scene Management
(3 credits)
FORS 366
Interrogation Techniques
(3 credits)
FORS 367
Evidence
(3 credits)
FORS 380
Special Topics in Integrative Sciences
(3 credits)