What is Integrated Sciences?

Integrated Sciences is a great program of study to pursue if you are interested in forging your own path in science, breaking down silos that often exist between the natural and physical sciences. At DU, the major is interdisciplinary; students who choose this program of study are expected to dive into at least two scientific disciplines of their choice and commit to 20+ hours of coursework to each department.

Because Integrated Sciences is so individualized, it can be tough to imagine concrete career paths right away. Some students choose to study Integrated Sciences because they are hoping to complete pre-requisite coursework for graduate study (physical therapy and public health programs are top choices for graduates of this major), and others might be unsure of the next step but want to follow a more open-ended academic pathway that mirrors their interests. While a combination of Biology, Mathematics, and Physics is common among Integrated Sciences majors, interested students are not necessarily limited to these departments.

Sample job titles of DU graduates in Integrated Sciences include:

  • Acupuncturist
  • Associate Sales Representative, medical supplies
  • Community Impact Director
  • Contract Educator, Denver Zoo
  • Financial Analyst, Centura Health
  • Global/Public Health Educator
  • Healthcare practitioner (Dentist, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Physician, Physical Therapist, Registered Nurse)
  • Reservoir Engineering Technician
  • Wellness Coordinator

(Note that some of these job titles require additional education at the graduate level.)

If you are considering Integrated Sciences as your major, we suggest you:

  1. Reflect on what aspects of science interest you and why. Which disciplines – biology, chemistry, geography, mathematics – intrigue you most? How do you prefer to do science?
  2. Ask yourself: Do you want to continue your education? How might a degree in Integrated Sciences provide you with the academic foundation to help you get there?
  3. Consider conducting informational interviews with alumni, working with a faculty member in the Biological Sciences department, pursuing a research project, or exploring your career options through internships or shadowing.

Your Career Advisors are here to help you with each of these recommendations. Be sure to stop by and tell us more about your interest in Integrated Sciences!

By Kimberly English
Kimberly English Career Advisor