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Integrated Science

  • Bachelor in Science

The Integrated Science Program

The major in Integrated Science at Saint Vincent College provides students with options in the sciences that combine courses from multiple traditional disciplines. Students will develop basic skills by taking foundational courses in science, mathematics and computing. They then focus on additional science content in advanced courses in a concentration. Students will be able to choose a concentration that matches their goals. Concentrations in Allied Health, Chemical and Biological Analysis, Applied Physics and Science, Technology and Society are available. Two seminars in the first and fourth year will help students integrate the concepts from multiple disciplines to solve real world problems through case studies and projects.

The goal of the B.S. degree in Integrated Science is to educate students so that they may use scientific principles from a multitude of scientific fields, mathematics and computing in real world applications, to train students to work in teams and to communicate with others in their field as well as society in general. Several concentrations are available which prepare students for a wide variety of careers and post-undergraduate pursuits. These are:

  • Chemical and Biological Analysis
  • Applied Physics
  • Science, Technology and Society

What Can I Do With a Degree in Integrated Science?

Chemical and Biological Analysis

Employment Opportunities:
Forensic analyst
DEP laboratory technician
Industrial analyst
Biotechnology analyst
Municipal water and wastewater operator
Environmental testing analyst
Laboratory instrument sales
Laboratory instrument service-repair

Graduate School Programs:
M.S. Forensic Science
P.S.M. Industrial chemistry
M.S. Bioanalytical Chemistry (additional chemistry courses required)
M.S. Operational Excellence

Applied Physics

Employment Opportunities:
Instrument specialist
U.S. patent clerk-specialist
Radiation safety officer
Nondestructive testing specialist
Scientific data analyst
Customer services

Graduate School Programs:
M.S. Medical Physics
M.S. Applied Physics
M.S. Industrial and Applied Physics
M.S. Operational Excellence

Science, Technology and Society 

Employment Opportunities:
Technical journalism
Product sales
Technical customer service

Graduate School Programs:
Law
M.S./Ph.D. Philosophy of Science
M.S./Ph.D. History of Science
M.B.A. Business
M.S. Public Policy

Curriculum Requirements

  • Major Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Integrated Science

    Major Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Integrated Science

    Foundations I (20 credits)  
    CH 101/103 General Chemistry I and Lab - 4 credits 
    BL150/151 General Biology I and Lab - 4 credits
    PH 111/113 General Physics I and Lab - 4 credits 
    MA 109 or 111 Calculus I  - 4 credits 
    CS 102 Fundamentals of IT and Computing - 3 credits 
    INTS 101 Introduction to Integrated Science - 1 credit 

    Foundations II (11 or 12 credits)  
    Three of the following: 
    CH 102/104 General Chemistry II and Lab - 4 credits 
    BL 152/153 General Biology II and Lab - 4 credits
    PH 112/114 General Physics II and Lab - 4 credits
    MA 110 or 112 Calculus II - 4 credits
    CS 110 C++ Programming I - 3 credits

    Capstone Experience (4 credits)  
    INTS 300 Integrated Science Seminar - 3 credits 
    INTS 550 Internship - 1 credit 

    Concentration: 24 Credits  

    • Allied Health
    • Applied Physics
    • Chemical and Biological Analysis
    • Science, Technology and Society

    Total credits in major: 59-60 Electives: 15-21

    Notes:
    Concentration courses used to satisfy major requirements cannot be used to satisfy a second major.

    To earn a minor in a related discipline, students must complete the minor requirements with at least two courses (and associated labs if applicable) in addition to the integrated science major requirements.

    Applied Physics Concentration

    Required (13 credits):  
    PH 211/213 Modern Phys. & Lab - 4 credits
    MA 113 Calculus III - 4 credits
    CS 111 C++ Programming II - 3 credits 
    ENGR 100 Intro. To Engineering - 2 credits

    Choose at least 5 credits (classes and labs must be taken together) from: 
    PH 261/263 Electronics and Lab - 4 credits
    PH 241/243 Optics and Lab - 4 credits
    PH 244 Advanced Lab - 1 credit

    Remaining credits (3-6 credits) from:  
    200 level or higher physics courses 
    200 level or higher engineering courses 
    ES 240 Geophysics and Lab - 4 credits
    CS 270 Intro. to Numerical Computing - 3 credits
    CS 350 Database Concepts and Information Structures - 3 credits
    MA 114 Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations - 4 credits

    Chemical and Biological Analysis

    Required:  
    CH 216/218 Quantitative Analysis and Lab - 4 credits
    BL 212/213 Microbiology and Lab - 4 credits
    BL 208/209 Cell Biology and Lab - 4 credits
    CH 221/223 Organic Chemistry I and Lab - 4 credits 

    Choose at least 8 credits (with labs when available) 
    CH 242 Instrumental Analysis - 2 credits
    BL 216/217 Biotechnology and Lab - 4 credits
    BL 260 Biostatistics - 3 credits
    CH 277 Methods of Environmental Analysis - 2 credits
    CH 245 Chemical and Forensic Analysis - 2 credits
    CS 350 Database Concepts and Information Structures - 3 credits
    PH 261/263 Electronics and Lab - 4 credits
    BIN 218 Bioinformatics, Genomics and Proteomics - 3 credits
    BIN 219 Biomedical Informatics - 3 credits

    Science, Technology and Society

    At least 12 credits from science, computer science or mathematics disciplines to include one of the following sets of courses:  

    • CH 221-224 Organic Chemistry I and II and labs - 8 credits 
    • BL 208/209; BL 212/213 Cell Biology and Microbiology and labs - 8 credits 
    • PH 211/213; PH 311/313 Modern Physics I and II and labs - 8 credits
    • CS 111 C++ Programming II;
      CS 205 Web Site Design and Programming;
      CS350 Database Concepts and Info. Structures
      or 
      CS321 Data Communications and Security - 9 credits
    • MA 113; 114 Calculus III, Differential Equations - 8 credits 
    6 additional credits from the following science and society classes:  

    ENGR 220 Engineering and Computer Ethics - 3 credits
    BL 214/215 Molecular Genetics and Lab - 4 credits
    CH 228 Introduction to Biochemistry - 3 credits
    ES 230 Energy and the Environment - 4 credits
    ES 220 Introduction to GIS - 3 credits
    BL 240 Conservation Biology and Lab - 4 credits 
    ENGR 100 Introduction to Engineering - 2 credits
    CS 351 Systems Analysis and Design - 3 credits
    CS 205 User Interface Design - 3 credits

    6 credits from the following society and science classes:  
    PS 390 Environmental Law and Policy - 3 credits 
    SO 161 Environmental Sociology - 3 credits
    SO 106 Sociology and Global Issues - 3 credits
    PL 245 Philosophy of Science - 3 credits
    PL 120 Logic - 3 credits
    PL 218 Bioethics - 3 credits
    PL 217 Environmental Ethics - 3 credits
    TH 280 Catholic Bioethics - 3 credits
    HI 226 Society and the Environment - 3 credits
    HI 206 From Acupuncture to Alchemy - 3 credits
    EL 111 Green Writing: Literature and the Environment - 3 credits

  • Freshman Schedule

    Fall
    CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits
    CH 103 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit
    MA 111 Calculus I - 4 credits
    BL 150 General Biology I - 3 credits
    BL 151 General Biology I Laboratory - 1 credit
    EL 102 Language & Rhetoric - 3 credits
    Total Fall 15 credits

    Spring
    CH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 credits
    CH 104 General Chemistry II Laboratory - 1 credit
    MA 112 Calculus II - 4 credits
    BL 152 General Biology II - 3 credits
    BL 153 General Biology II Laboratory - 1 credit
    TH 119 First Theology - 3 credits
    Social Sciences - 3 credits
    Total Spring 18 credits

    Total Freshman Year 33 credits 

    All students will take one three (3) credit course designated as a Freshman Seminar which will satisfy a core curriculum requirement.

Program Highlights

Concentrations

The Chemical and Biological Analysis concentration is for students interested in a laboratory related career in the chemical, biological and biotechnological fields. Students that complete a Bachelor’s degree may be directly employed in a wide variety of positions such as forensics, instrument specialist, biotechnology analyst, municipal water and wastewater operator, environmental testing analyst, industrial analyst, laboratory instrument sales and laboratory instrument service and repair. Students can also continue their education in graduate programs in forensic science, industrial chemistry or bioanalytical chemistry.

The Applied Physics concentration is designed for students interested in working at the interface between physics, technology, engineering and business. Students that complete a Bachelor’s degree may be directly employed in wide variety of technical positions such as an instrument specialist, radiation safety officer, nondestructive materials testing, data analyst and modeling specialist, product development and a U. S. Patent clerk. Other applied physicists work in process engineering and research. Students with a minor in a business related field may choose careers in engineering and technical management, technical sales, customer services, technical product specialist positions, technical business development and entrepreneurship. Students that wish to continue their education may apply to a variety of technical and business related graduate programs.

The Science, Technology and Society concentration is a course of study for students interested in pursuing graduate education or a career in a science related field. These students are interested in the intersection of science with other disciplines. Students are encouraged to pursue minors in a variety of subjects. Students that complete a Bachelor’s degree may be directly employed in technical journalism, product sales and technical management. Students in this concentration are encouraged to continue their education in graduate school. Areas of study may include law, philosophy of science, history of science and business. 

Results

  • Students in Integrated Science will experience a broad range of STEM disciplines and apply their knowledge in analyzing real world problems. 
  • All students will gain experience in an internship that fits their career goals. 
  • Allied health students from Saint Vincent College have attended professional programs at Duquesne University, Chatham University, Wheeling Jesuit University and many others.
  • Because we are grounded in the liberal arts, students in Integrated Science will be able to view global problems from a variety of viewpoints. 

Internships and Careers

Students completing a degree in integrated science are encouraged to pursue internships in health care fields related to their area of interest. They will graduate prepared to transfer to any of the regional universities and complete courses of study in a health-related field including pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy and occupational therapy. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Interdisciplinary Integration.Students will be able to analyze, connect and integrate knowledge from two or more STEM disciplines to draw conclusions and/or solve complex problems.
  • Scientific Skills. Students will be able to demonstrate a proficiency in laboratory skills and technological competency from multiple disciplines.
  • Communication. Students will be able to express themselves clearly in both written work and oral communication.
  • Data Analysis. Students will be able to analyze scientific data and utilize that data as evidence for a conclusion.
  • Information literacy. Students will be able to find, evaluate and utilize sources of information appropriately and ethically.
  • Teamwork. Students will be able to work effectively as part of a team to accomplish a complex project.