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2014-2015 Course Catalog


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Natural Sciences (Interdisciplinary Major)

The interdisciplinary major in the natural sciences enables students to construct science majors around subject areas that bridge two or more disciplines in the natural sciences, leading to graduate work and/or careers in many of the rapidly growing interdisciplinary fields developing along interfaces between the traditional natural sciences.

The interdisciplinary major in the natural sciences requires a primary concentration in biology, chemistry, geology, or physics and a secondary concentration in another of these sciences. Students interested in this major should seek advice from the department of primary interest in order to design a major consistent with both their interests and the requirements of the major. Previous interdisciplinary combinations of biology and chemistry have been replaced by the Biochemistry major.

Requirements for the Interdisciplinary Major in the Natural Sciences in a Primary Discipline and a Secondary Discipline

  1. Introductory Requirement: An introductory sequence in physics and two additional introductory sequences chosen from those in biology, chemistry, and geology so that sequences in both the primary and the secondary disciplines are included. The introductory sequences are:
    • Biology: BIOL 130, 150, and 170
    • Chemistry: CHEM 115 and 116 or equivalent
    • Geology: GEOL 110 (any section) and Geology 210
    • Physics: PHYS 151 and 160 or, with the permission of both the primary and the secondary departments, PHYS 141 and 151
  2. Intermediate/Advanced Requirement: At least ten six-unit courses in the sciences (biology, chemistry, geology, physics) numbered 200 or above, with at least five in the primary discipline and at least three in the secondary discipline. More specific course and/or laboratory requirements may apply in specific departments.
  3. Participation in a Senior Experience as defined by the department of the primary discipline.