Multidisciplinary Science

http://gensci.uoregon.edu

Jana Prikryl, Program Director
jprikryl@uoregon.edu
65C Klamath Hall

The multidisciplinary science curriculum allows students to design academic programs that satisfy the requirements for a bachelor of science degree and provide more breadth than traditional science programs. Many exciting areas of scientific inquiry, such as bioinformatics, environmental science, and biophysical science, require broad science backgrounds and encompass several disciplines. Students planning technical careers in one of these areas or careers in the health sciences, in science education, or in a science-related business or social service might be best served by a well-designed multidisciplinary science program.

One strength of the Multidisciplinary Science Program is its flexibility. To exploit that strength, students need to design their programs carefully, consulting frequently with their Advisors in the Tykeson College and Career Center. Course sequences that meet requirements for professional schools and training programs should be selected in consultation with advisors that specialize in the specific area (for example the Health Professions Program advisors). Students should seek assistance in program planning when they identify or change career goals, because successful application to professional schools and training programs may require completion of additional courses beyond those required for the multidisciplinary science major.

Examples of cross-disciplinary fields, and the subject-matter areas that might be combined in designing a program, are given below:

  • Animal behavior and ethology—anthropology, biology, psychology
  • Biophysical sciences—biology, chemistry, human physiology, physics
  • Cognitive sciences—computer and information science, mathematics, psychology
  • Environmental sciences—biology, chemistry, earth sciences, geography, physics
  • Bioinformatics—biology, computer and information science

Multidisciplinary science majors are encouraged to consult with the program director during their junior year to ensure that their remaining course work is structured to meet all the requirements for the major. Students should notify the Multidisciplinary Science Program office of their intention to graduate at least one term before the proposed graduation date.

Preparation

High school students planning to major in multidisciplinary science should take as much mathematics as possible, including two years of algebra and trigonometry. They should also take science courses in their areas of interest. Students planning to transfer into the Multidisciplinary Science Program after two years at a community college or at another college or university should complete courses equivalent to the lower-division requirements listed in this catalog and as many of the university’s general-education requirements for a bachelor’s degree as possible. Acceptance of transfer courses and credits is determined by evaluators in the Office of Admissions in consultation with departmental advisors.

Upon admission, transfer students should consult with the multidisciplinary science director in the program office.

Careers

Through the Multidisciplinary Science Program, prehealth science students preparing for careers in medicine, dentistry, or related fields can meet professional school admission requirements. Multidisciplinary science, when combined with a minor or a second major, can work well for students planning careers in science-related business, public relations, and human services.

Undergraduate Studies

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements

Lower Division MATH/CIS Requirement 18
Calculus I
Calculus for the Biological Sciences I
Select one of the following
Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
Elements of Discrete Mathematics I
Introduction to Methods of Probability and Statistics
Calculus for the Biological Sciences II
Calculus II
Statistical Methods I (Students who complete MATH 425 as part of the math requirement, cannot also use this same class towards the 32 credits of upper-division General Science major requirements.)
Select three sequences or three-course combinations from the following; two sequences must include labs: 236-48
Anthropology: Applies as a non-lab course combination
Introduction to Biological Anthropology (Required for ANTH course combination)
Select two of the following:
Principles of Archaeology
Introduction to Human Origins
Introduction to Monkeys and Apes
Evolution of Human Sexuality
Evolutionary Medicine
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Human Evolution
Human Biological Variation
Biology: Applies as a lab sequence
General Biology I-IV (choose three: BI 211, BI 212, and either BI 213 or BI 214)
Honors Biology I-III
Chemistry: Can apply as either a lab sequence or a non-lab sequence
Select one of the following:
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
Honors General Chemistry
and Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory
Computer and Information Science: Applies as a lab sequence
Computer Science I-III
Earth Sciences: Applies as a lab sequence
Dynamic Planet Earth (OR ERTH 101 with a mid-B or better grade)
Earth's Surface and Environment (OR ERTH 102 with a mid-B or better grade)
History of Life (OR ERTH 103 with a mid-B or better grade)
Geography: Applies as a non-lab course combination
The Natural Environment (Required for GEOG course combination)
Select two of the following:
Our Digital Earth
Climatology
Geomorphology
Biogeography
Watershed Science and Policy
Global Environmental Change
Physics: Can apply as a lab sequence or a non-lab sequence
Select one of the following:
General Physics
and Introductory Physics Laboratory
Foundations of Physics I
and Foundations of Physics Laboratory (must take all 3 terms of PHYS 290 for this to count as a lab sequence)
Upper Division32 credits of approved upper-division courses from the below departments 332
BI, CH, CIS, ERTH, HPHY, MATH, PHYS, and PSYUpper division courses from these departments are approved for the major.
ANTHUpper division ANTH courses from the biological anthropology and physical archeology subfields are approved (for a complete list of approved upper division ANTH courses see the Program website). Experimental courses (410) require program approval.
GEOGUpper division GEOG courses from the physical geography and GIScience subfields are approved (for a complete list of approved upper division GEOG courses see the Program website). Experimental courses (410) require program approval.
Emphasis areas
At least twelve graded credits (not P/NP) must be in one department and at least twelve graded credits must be in a second department. We strongly encourage students to take all majors classes for a grade.
401-409
4 of the 32 credits may be research (401), thesis (403), or supervised college teaching (402) credits. Seminar, Readings & Conference, Practicum, Internship, and Tutorial credits (404-409) may not be used for the Multidisciplinary Science major.
Residency requirement
24 credits must be taken at UO.
Double Majors
upper division credits used for another major may not be used to satisfy MSCI requirements.
Minors in related fields
There is no MSCI imposed restriction on course overlap between the MSCI major and any minor (though the department offering the minor might have restrictions). We encourage you to look into minors in your emphasis areas.
Prerequisites
All stduents are subject to all prerequisites, minimum grade requirements, and registration restrictions set by each department for its own courses. These things cannot be circumvented because one is a MSCI major. Please investigate the prerequisites and restrictions for the courses you are interested in taking early on.
Total Credits76-88

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Lower Division MATH/CIS Requirement 18
Calculus I
Calculus for the Biological Sciences I
Select one of the following
Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
Elements of Discrete Mathematics I
Introduction to Methods of Probability and Statistics
Calculus for the Biological Sciences II
Calculus II
Statistical Methods I (Students who complete MATH 425 as part of the math requirement, cannot also use this same class towards the 32 credits of upper-division General Science major requirements.)
Select three sequences or three-course combinations from the following; two sequences must include labs: 236-48
Anthropology: Applies as a non-lab course combination
Introduction to Biological Anthropology (Required for ANTH course combination)
Select two of the following:
Principles of Archaeology
Introduction to Human Origins
Introduction to Monkeys and Apes
Evolution of Human Sexuality
Evolutionary Medicine
Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
Human Evolution
Human Biological Variation
Biology: Applies as a lab sequence
General Biology I-IV (choose three: BI 211, BI 212, and either BI 213 or BI 214)
Honors Biology I-III
Chemistry: Can apply as either a lab sequence or a non-lab sequence
Select one of the following:
General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory
Honors General Chemistry
and Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory
Computer and Information Science: Applies as a lab sequence
Computer Science I-III
Earth Sciences: Applies as a lab sequence
Dynamic Planet Earth (OR ERTH 101 with a mid-B or better grade)
Earth's Surface and Environment (OR ERTH 102 with a mid-B or better grade)
History of Life (OR ERTH 103 with a mid-B or better grade)
Geography: Applies as a non-lab course combination
The Natural Environment (Required for GEOG course combination)
Select two of the following:
Our Digital Earth
Climatology
Geomorphology
Biogeography
Watershed Science and Policy
Global Environmental Change
Physics: Can apply as a lab sequence or a non-lab sequence
Select one of the following:
General Physics
and Introductory Physics Laboratory
Foundations of Physics I
and Foundations of Physics Laboratory (must take all 3 terms of PHYS 290 for this to count as a lab sequence)
Upper Division32 credits of approved upper-division courses from the below departments 332
BI, CH, CIS, ERTH, HPHY, MATH, PHYS, and PSYUpper division courses from these departments are approved for the major.
ANTHUpper division ANTH courses from the biological anthropology and physical archeology subfields are approved (for a complete list of approved upper division ANTH courses see the Program website). Experimental courses (410) require program approval.
GEOGUpper division GEOG courses from the physical geography and GIScience subfields are approved (for a complete list of approved upper division GEOG courses see the Program website). Experimental courses (410) require program approval.
Emphasis areas
At least twelve graded credits (not P/NP) must be in one department and at least twelve graded credits must be in a second department. We strongly encourage students to take all majors classes for a grade.
401-409
4 of the 32 credits may be research (401), thesis (403), or supervised college teaching (402) credits. Seminar, Readings & Conference, Practicum, Internship, and Tutorial credits (404-409) may not be used for the Multidisciplinary Science major.
Residency requirement
24 credits must be taken at UO.
Double Majors
upper division credits used for another major may not be used to satisfy MSCI requirements.
Minors in related fields
There is no MSCI imposed restriction on course overlap between the MSCI major and any minor (though the department offering the minor might have restrictions). We encourage you to look into minors in your emphasis areas.
Prerequisites
All stduents are subject to all prerequisites, minimum grade requirements, and registration restrictions set by each department for its own courses. These things cannot be circumvented because one is a MSCI major. Please investigate the prerequisites and restrictions for the courses you are interested in taking early on.
Total Credits76-88

Multidisciplinary science courses must be completed with grades of C– or P (pass) or better. Courses graded N (no pass) or F may be repeated for credit, in accordance with university policy.

The upper-division requirements are for students who declared the multidisciplinary science major fall 2000 or later. Students who declared the major before fall 2000 follow the requirements that were in effect when they declared the major. Upper-division credits used to satisfy minimum requirements of another major may not be used to satisfy upper-division requirements in multidisciplinary science. At least 24 upper-division science credits must be completed at the University of Oregon to meet the multidisciplinary science residency requirement.

Upper-division courses may be selected from the multidisciplinary science website.

Honors Program

Students preparing to graduate with honors in multidisciplinary science should notify the program director no later than the first term of the senior year.

Honors in multidisciplinary science centers on a thesis, which is the culmination of research conducted under the direction of a faculty advisor. The advisor does not need to be a member of the Multidisciplinary Science Committee.

To graduate with honors, students must have at least a 3.50 overall grade point average and an average GPA of 3.50 or better in all classes counting towards the multidisciplinary science major. In addition, they must complete 6 credits (or equivalent experience per-approved by MSCI Director) of Research (401) or Thesis (403) or both in an appropriate department. These credits must be distributed over at least two terms and cannot be used to fulfill emphasis-area requirements.

Upon approval of the thesis by the advisor and the program director, honors in multidisciplinary science are awarded.

For guidelines and calendar, contact the Multidisciplinary Science Program Director.

Program Planning

Information about program planning and detailed sample programs are available on the Multidisciplinary Science Program website. Pre-health science students who choose the multidisciplinary science major should design their programs to meet the admission requirements of the professional school of their choice. See also Preparatory Programs in the Academic Resources section of this catalog.

Kindergarten through Secondary Teaching Careers

An academic major in multidisciplinary science can provide a strong background for certain teacher-education licensure programs. Students interested in teaching science in middle school and junior high school should be aware that the integrated science endorsement requires broader preparation than the minimum requirements for the multidisciplinary science major. The College of Education offers a fifth-year program for middle-secondary teaching licensure in science. See the College of Education section of this catalog.

Four-Year Degree Plan

The degree plan shown is only a sample of how students may complete their degrees in four years. There are alternative ways. Students should consult their advisor to determine the best path for them.

Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Science with Education Focus

Degree Map
First Year
FallMilestonesCredits
CH 111 Introduction to Chemical Principles 4
MATH 111 College Algebra 4
WR 121 College Composition I 4
Core-education course 4
 Credits 16
Winter
MATH 112 Elementary Functions 4
WR 122
College Composition II
or College Composition III
4
BI 211 General Biology I: Cells 4
Core-education course that also satisfies multicultural requirement 4
 Credits 16
Spring
BI 212 General Biology II: Organisms 4
MATH 251 Calculus I 4
Core-education course that also satisfies multicultural requirement 4
Core-education course 4
 Credits 16
Second Year
Fall
BI 213
General Biology III: Populations
or General Biology IV: Mechanisms
4
CH 221
General Chemistry I
or General Physics
4
CH 227
General Chemistry Laboratory
or Introductory Physics Laboratory
2
Core-education course 4
 Credits 14
Winter
CH 222
General Chemistry II
or General Physics
4
CH 228
General Chemistry Laboratory
or Introductory Physics Laboratory
2
MATH 252 Calculus II 4
Core-education course 4
 Credits 14
Spring
CH 223
General Chemistry III
or General Physics
4
CH 229
General Chemistry Laboratory
or Introductory Physics Laboratory
2
MATH 243
Introduction to Methods of Probability and Statistics
or Statistical Methods I
4
Core-education course 4
 Credits 14
Third Year
Fall
ERTH 101
Exploring Planet Earth (completed with a letter grade of mid-B or higher)
or Dynamic Planet Earth
4
CH 331 Organic Chemistry I 4
Core-education course 4
Elective course 4
 Credits 16
Winter
ERTH 102
Exploring Earth’s Environment (completed with a letter grade of mid-B or higher)
or Earth's Surface and Environment
4
CH 335 Organic Chemistry II 4
Elective courses 8
 Credits 16
Spring
ERTH 103
Exploring Earth History (completed with a letter grade of mid-B or higher )
or History of Life
4
CH 336 Organic Chemistry III 4
Upper-division elective courses 8
 Credits 16
Fourth Year
Fall
Upper-division earth science course 4
Upper-division mathematics or elective course 4
Upper-division elective courses 8
 Credits 16
Winter
Upper-division biology course 4
Upper-division earth science course 4
Upper-division elective courses 8
 Credits 16
Spring
Upper-division biology course 4
Upper-division earth science course 4
Upper-division elective course 4
 Credits 12
 Total Credits 182

Bachelor of Science in Multidisciplinary Science with Pre-Medical Focus

Degree Map
First Year
FallMilestonesCredits
CH 111 Introduction to Chemical Principles 4
MATH 111 College Algebra 4
WR 121 College Composition I 4
Core-education course 4
 Credits 16
Winter
WR 122
College Composition II
or College Composition III
4
MATH 212 Fundamentals of Elementary Mathematics II 4
CH 221 General Chemistry I 4
CH 227 General Chemistry Laboratory 2
 Credits 14
Spring
CH 222 General Chemistry II 4
CH 228 General Chemistry Laboratory 2
MATH 251
Calculus I
or Calculus for the Biological Sciences I
4
Core-education course 4
 Credits 14
Second Year
Fall
BI 211 General Biology I: Cells 4
CH 223 General Chemistry III 4
CH 229 General Chemistry Laboratory 2
Core-education course that also satisfies multicultural requirement 4
 Credits 14
Winter
BI 212 General Biology II: Organisms 4
MATH 252
Calculus II
or Calculus for the Biological Sciences II
4
Core-education course that also satisfies multicultural requirement 4
Core-education course 4
 Credits 16
Spring
BI 214 General Biology IV: Mechanisms 4
MATH 243
Introduction to Methods of Probability and Statistics
or Statistical Methods I
4
Upper-division core-education course 4
Core-education course 4
 Credits 16
Third Year
Fall
BI 320 Molecular Genetics 4
CH 331 Organic Chemistry I 4
CH 337 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 3
Upper-division core-education course 4
 Credits 15
Winter
CH 335 Organic Chemistry II 4
CH 338 Organic Chemistry Laboratory 3
BI 358 Investigations in Medical Physiology 4
Upper-division elective course 4
 Credits 15
Spring
PSY 201
Mind and Brain
or Mind and Society
or Biopsychology
4
SOC 204
Introduction to Sociology
or Social Inequality
4
CH 336 Organic Chemistry III 4
Upper-division biology course 4
 Credits 16
Fourth Year
Fall
PHYS 201 General Physics 4
PHYS 204 Introductory Physics Laboratory 2
CH 360
Physiological Biochemistry
or Biochemistry
4
Upper-division biology or elective course 4
 Credits 14
Winter
PHYS 202 General Physics 4
PHYS 205 Introductory Physics Laboratory 2
CH 463 Biochemistry 4
Upper-division elective courses 6
 Credits 16
Spring
PHYS 203 General Physics 4
PHYS 206 Introductory Physics Laboratory 2
CH 462 Biochemistry 4
Upper-division elective course 4
 Credits 14
 Total Credits 180