The Integrated Sciences (IS) program is an alternative to a traditional Major or Honours program for students whose interests cross disciplinary boundaries within the Sciences.
The program gives third- or fourth-year students the opportunity and the guidance to design their own curriculum, demonstrating that they are developing a vision of their own education that encompasses more than one discipline, and that it is more valuable for them to explore those fields as a set rather than independently.
Examples of recent integrations include:
- Astronomy and Oceanography
- Biochemistry and Medical Genetics
- Biology and Chemistry
- Chemistry and Math
- Microbiology and Ecology
- Physics, Biology, and Math
These custom curricula also include Integrated Sciences "core" courses that are highly interactive and generally stress active learning, group discussion and collaborative research. They are usually taught by a team of faculty from different disciplines who actively discuss each other's content in the classroom, much as they would do in a research environment. This converts the classroom into a microcosm of the scientific enterprise in general. Furthermore, this significantly broadens students' scientific horizons.
In addition, core courses aim strongly to develop transferable skills and attitudes to support the students' other studies.
|Level||Number of Months Available||Academic Year Level|
|January||Seniors||4 or 8||4|
|4, 8, 12 or 16
||4, 8 or 12