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 – This program requires a total of 43-50 semester hours: 1) 15 semester hours from the core courses listed below and 2) 28-35 semester hours completed in one of the following concentrations: Biology, Biological Chemistry, Chemistry, and Forensics. 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)
PHYS 210
General Physics I
(4 credits)
Complete one of the following courses – 3 semester hours:
BIOL 370
Molecular Biology
(4 credits)
CHEM 325
Instrumental Chemical Analysis
(4 credits)
FORS 367
Evidence
(3 credits)

The student must also complete one of the following concentrations:

Biology Concentration
Complete all of the following courses – 35 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 12 semester hours from the following courses:
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 (if not taken in core)
(4 credits)
BIOL 375
Immunology
(4 credits)
BIOL 380
Special Topics in Biology
(3 credits)
BTEC 240
Techniques for Biomolecular Research
(3 credits)
CHEM 330
Biochemistry I
(4 credits)
INSC 310
Conservation Biology
(3 credits)
INSC 320
Study of Disease
(3 credits)
INSC 335
Field Studies in Ecology
(3 credits)
INSC 350
Animal Behavior
(4 credits)

Biological Chemistry Concentration
Complete all of the following courses – 34 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 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)
CHEM 350
Biochemistry II
(4 credits)
PHYS 260
General Physics II
(4 credits)
Complete 6 semester hours from the following courses:
BIOL 320
Genetics
(3 credits)
BIOL 330
Microbiology
(4 credits)
BIOL 375
Immunology
(4 credits)
BIOL 320
Genetics
(3 credits)
CHEM 320
Bio-Organic Chemistry
(4 credits)
CHEM 380
Special Topics in Chemistry
(3 credits)
CISC 120
Programming I
(4 credits)
PHYS 301
Physical Thermodynamics
(3 credits)
PHYS 315
Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
(3 credits)

Chemistry Concentration
Complete all of the following courses – 34 semester hours:

CHEM 161 
General Chemistry II
(3 credits)
CHEM 162
General Chemistry II Laboratory
(1 credit)
CHEM 210
Organic Chemistry I
(4 credits)
CHEM 220
Organic Chemistry II
(4 credits)
MATH 260
Calculus II
(3 credits)
PHYS 260 
General Physics II
(4 credits)
Complete 15 semester hours from the following courses:
CHEM 200
Environmental Chemistry I
(3 credits)
CHEM 315
Analytical Chemistry
(4 credits)
CHEM 320
Bio-Organic Chemistry
(3 credits)
CHEM 325
Instrumental Chemical Analysis (if not taken in core)
(4 credits)
CHEM 330
Biochemistry I
(4 credits)
CHEM 340
Forensic Chemistry
(4 credits)
CHEM 380
Special Topics in Chemistry
(3 credits)
CHEM 420
Inorganic Chemistry
(3 credits)
CISC 120
Programming I
(4 credits)
MATH 261
Calculus III
(3 credits)
MATH 380
Mathematical Modeling
(3 credits)
PHYS 301
Physical Thermodynamics
(3 credits)
PHYS 315
Quantum Mechanics and Spectroscopy
(3 credits)

Forensics Concentration
Complete all of the following courses – 32 semester hours:

FORS 125
Introduction to Forensics
(3 credits)
FORS 270
Crime Scene Investigation
(3 credits)
FORS 360
Forensic Case Study
(3 credits)
Complete one of the following courses – 3 semester hours:
CHEM 161/162
General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab
(4 credits)
GEND 120
Self & Society: Introduction to Sociology
(3 credits)
GEND 130
General Psychology
(3 credits)
Complete 20 semester hours from the following courses:
BIOL 214
Anatomy and Physiology I
(4 credits)
BIOL 215
Anatomy and Physiology II
(4 credits)
BIOL 225
Entomology
(4 credits)
BIOL 281/282
Cell Biology Lecture\Lab
(4 credits)
BIOL 370
Molecular Biology (if not taken in core)
(4 credits)
BTEC 340
Forensic Biotechnology
(3 credits)
CHEM 161/162
General Chemistry II Lecture/Lab (if not taken in concentration core)
(4 credits)
CHEM 210
Organic Chemistry I
(4 credits)
CHEM 220
Organic Chemistry II
(4 credits)
CHEM 325
Instrumental Chemical Analysis (if not taken in core)
(4 credits)
CHEM 340
Forensic Chemistry
(4 credits)
CISC 120
Programming I
(4 credits)
CISC 160
Data Structures
(3 credits)
CISC 211
Computer Organization & Architecture
(4 credits)
CISC 233
Essential Algorithms
(4 credits)
CISC 320
Forensic Computing
(3 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 (if not taken in core)
(3 credits)
FORS 368
Forensics Anthropology
(3 credits)
FORS 380
Special Topics in Forensic Science
(3 credits)
GEND 120
Self & Society: Introduction to Sociology (if not taken in concentration core)
(3 credits)
GEND 130
General Psychology (if not taken in concentration core)
(3 credits)
MATH 210
Discrete Mathematics I
(3 credits)