Integrative Conservation Concentration

Addresses global conservation challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and ecosystem collapse, drawing upon fields such as biology, policy, law, anthropology, sociology, conflict resolution, environmental justice, economics and communication. Students learn to apply their knowledge and effect real-world change through access to the Smithsonian-Mason Semester and international conservation organizations in the Washington, DC area.

Catalog Year: 2024-2025

Banner Code: LA-BS-INTS-INCO

The Bachelor of Science in Integrative Studies brings together research, theory and practice across numerous disciplines. Integrative studies majors select a multidisciplinary concentration or work with student services staff to develop their own concentration, uniquely suited to their academic and career goals. Integrative studies majors explore new topics and experiences while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce. Required coursework is offered in small classes with ample room for discussion, collaborative learning, and experiential learning, including in-community projects, volunteer opportunities, field work, internships and work with faculty on research that directly engages current social and global challenges.

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Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

This is a Green Leaf program.

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students pursuing a BS in Integrative Studies must complete a minimum of 30 credits of (INTS) coursework, with at least 15 credits at the 300 and 400 levels.

Integrative studies students complete INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies and INTS 491 Senior Capstone (Mason Core) and choose a concentration from the options below. Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their degree program to meet Mason requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor.

Required Course

INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies 1
INTS 491 Senior Capstone (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 4

Concentration in the Major

A concentration is the equivalent of a major in a traditional degree program. Students choose from an established multidisciplinary concentration below or create with faculty an individualized program of study to fit their interests and needs. Concentration coursework combines integrative studies (INTS) classes with coursework from other Mason units (departments, schools, and colleges). While fulfilling the concentration requirements, students are also responsible for completing a minimum of 30 credits of INTS coursework. Any INTS courses required for the concentration will apply. Students must present a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the concentration.

Concentrations

  • ​Concentration in Integrative Conservation (INCO)
  • Concentration in Life Sciences (LIFS)
  • Concentration in Individualized Concentration (IND)

Concentration in Integrative Conservation (INCO)

Addresses global conservation challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and ecosystem collapse, drawing upon fields such as biology, policy, law, anthropology, sociology, conflict resolution, environmental justice, economics and communication.  Students learn to apply their knowledge and effect real-world change through access to the Smithsonian-Mason Semester and international conservation organizations in the Washington, DC area.

Core Courses
Conservation Foundations
CONS 120 Wicked Problems and Grand Challenges 3
INTS 211 Introduction to Conservation Studies (Mason Core) 3
CONS 495 Capstone in Conservation Strategies 4
Analytical Skills and Methods
CONS 210 Inquiry and Design 3
BIOL 214 Biostatistics for Biology Majors 3
or STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)
STAT 350 Introductory Statistics II 3
or CONS 360 Qualitative Research and Inquiry
or CONS 460 Statistics and Study Design in Ecology and Conservation
Biology and Ecology
BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) 4
BIOL 308 Foundations of Ecology and Evolution (Mason Core) 5
BIOL/EVPP 318 Conservation Biology 3-4
or INTS 401 Conservation Biology (Mason Core)
Social Dimensions
INTS 204 Leadership Theory and Practice 4
EVPP 429 Environmental Science Communication 3
PSYC 410 The Psychology of Environmental Stewardship 3
Total Credits 41-42
Specialized Track

Students must complete one of these five tracks (16-21 credits)

Biodiversity Track
 

Note: Fairfax-based, natural science track
Select one course in Biological Processes from the following: 3-4
BIOL 300
BioDiversity
BIOL 311
General Genetics
BIOL 326
Animal Physiology
BIOL 457
Reproductive Strategies
BIOL 460
Infectious Diseases Wildlife
Infectious Diseases of Wildlife
BIOL 427
Conservation Medicine
Conservation Medicine
BIOL 471
Evolution
BIOL 472
Introductory Animal Behavior
Select one Experiential Learning-based course from the following: 6
The Mysteries of Migration: Consequences for Conservation (Mason Core)
Conservation Behavior (Mason Core)
Select one Organisms course from the following: 4
BIOL 331
Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 340
Introductory Botany
BIOL 344
Plant Diversity and Evolution
BIOL 437
Ornithology
BIOL 438
Mammalogy
BIOL 439
Herpetology
BIOL 480
The Diversity of Fishes
Select one Ecology and Ecosystems course from the following: 3-4
BIOL 345
Plant Ecology
BIOL 350
Freshwater Ecosystems
Freshwater Ecosystems
BIOL 355
Ecological Engineering and Ecosystem Restoration
BIOL 377& BIOL 378
Applied Ecology
and Applied Ecology Laboratory
BIOL 440
Field Biology
BIOL 449
Marine Ecology
Marine Ecology
BIOL 459
Fungi and Ecosystems
Ecology Field Skills
Fundamentals of Environmental Geographic Information Systems
Urban Ecosystems and Processes

Conservation, Biodiversity and Society Track

Note: SMSC CBS Semester Required
CONS 320 Conservation in Practice 3
CONS 401 Conservation Theory 3
CONS 402 Applied Conservation 4
CONS 410 Human Dimensions in Conservation (Mason Core) 3
CONS 490 RS: Integrated Conservation Strategies (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 16

Endangered Species Conservation Track

Note: SMSC ESC semester required
CONS 400 Conservation Seminar 2
CONS 406 Small Population Management 4
CONS 491 RS: Conservation Management Planning (Mason Core) 4
CONS 496 Research in Conservation (Mason Core) 6
Total Credits 16

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Track

Note: SMSC WEC semester required
CONS 400 Conservation Seminar 2
CONS 404 Biodiversity Monitoring 4
CONS 405 Landscape and Macrosystems Ecology 4
CONS 496 Research in Conservation (Mason Core) 6
Total Credits 16

Collaborative Leadership Track

Note: Fairfax-based, social science track
CONF 300 Conflict Resolution Techniques and Practice 3
INTS 311 The Mysteries of Migration: Consequences for Conservation (Mason Core) 6
or INTS 403 Conservation Behavior (Mason Core)
INTS 334 Environmental Justice (Mason Core) 4
Select two courses in Process Design and Leadership from the following: 6-8
Interpersonal Conflict Analysis and Resolution
CONF 325
Dialogue and Difference
Negotiation
Community Engagement and Collaborative Problem Solving
Justice and Reconciliation
CONF 340
Global Conflict Analysis and Resolution (Mason Core)
Mediating Conflict
Ethics and Leadership
Leadership in a Changing Environment
Total Credits 19-21

Concentration in Life Sciences (LIFS)

Prepares students for work and graduate study in medical and health promotion fields. Focus areas include Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Pharmacy, and Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Veterinary

Core Courses
INTS 410 Contemporary Health: Intersections in Science and Society (Mason Core) 4
PHIL 309 Bioethics (Mason Core) 3
or PHIL 344 Ethical Issues in Global Health
Choose one course from the following 3
Humans, Disease, and Death (Mason Core)
Medical Anthropology
Sociology of Health, Illness, and Disability
Gender, Health, and Culture in the United States
Gender, Sexuality, and Disability
Total Credits 10
Emphasis

Students must complete one of the following emphases.

Pre-Occupational Therapy Emphasis
ATEP 201 Medical and Scientific Terminology 3
or HAP 202 Medical Terminology
BIOL 124& BIOL 125 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
8
or
BIOL 430& BIOL 431
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (Mason Core) 3
PSYC 211 Lifespan Development (Mason Core) 3
BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) 4
PSYC 325 Psychopathology 3
ONE SOCI course 3
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3-4
or BIOL 214 Biostatistics for Biology Majors
PHYS 243& PHYS 244 College Physics I (Mason Core)
and College Physics I Lab (Mason Core)
4
PHYS 245& PHYS 246 College Physics II (Mason Core)
and College Physics II Lab (Mason Core)
4
Total Credits 38-39
Pre-Medical Emphasis
BIOL 124& BIOL 125 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
8
or
BIOL 430& BIOL 431
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) 4
BIOL 311 General Genetics 4
BIOL 483 General Biochemistry 4
or CHEM 463 General Biochemistry I
CHEM 211& CHEM 213 General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 212& CHEM 214 General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 313& CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
5
CHEM 314& CHEM 318 Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
5
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3-4
or BIOL 214 Biostatistics for Biology Majors
PHYS 243& PHYS 244 College Physics I (Mason Core)
and College Physics I Lab (Mason Core)
4
PHYS 245& PHYS 246 College Physics II (Mason Core)
and College Physics II Lab (Mason Core)
4
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (Mason Core) 3
SOCI 101 Introductory Sociology (Mason Core) 3
MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core) 4
Total Credits 59-60
Pre-Dental Emphasis
BIOL 124& BIOL 125 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
8
or
BIOL 430& BIOL 431
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) 4
BIOL 483 General Biochemistry 4
or CHEM 463 General Biochemistry I
BIOL 311 General Genetics 4
CHEM 211& CHEM 213 General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 212& CHEM 214 General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry Lab I 2
CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 318 Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
PHYS 243& PHYS 244 College Physics I (Mason Core)
and College Physics I Lab (Mason Core)
4
PHYS 245& PHYS 246 College Physics II (Mason Core)
and College Physics II Lab (Mason Core)
4
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3-4
or BIOL 214 Biostatistics for Biology Majors
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (Mason Core) 3
SOCI 101 Introductory Sociology (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 55-56
Pre-Pharmacy Emphasis
BIOL 124& BIOL 125 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
8
or
BIOL 430& BIOL 431
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) 4
BIOL 305 Biology of Microorganisms 3
BIOL 306 Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory 1
BIOL 311 General Genetics 4
BIOL 483 General Biochemistry 4
or CHEM 463 General Biochemistry I
CHEM 211& CHEM 213 General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 212& CHEM 214 General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry Lab I 2
CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 318 Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
ECON 100 Economics for the Citizen (Mason Core) 3
MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core) 4
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3-4
or BIOL 214 Biostatistics for Biology Majors
COMM 100 Public Speaking (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 55-56
Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis
BIOL 102& BIOL 103& BIOL 105 Introductory Biology I-Survey of Biodiversity and Ecology (Mason Core)
and Introductory Biology II-Survey of Cell and Molecular Biology (Mason Core)
and Introductory Biology II Laboratory (Mason Core)
8
or
BIOL 213& BIOL 311
Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)
and General Genetics
BIOL 124& BIOL 125 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
8
or
BIOL 430& BIOL 431
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (Mason Core) 3
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3-4
or BIOL 214 Biostatistics for Biology Majors
CHEM 103 Chemical Science in a Modern Society (Mason Core) 4
or CHEM 211& CHEM 213 General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
CHEM 104 Chemistry for Changing Times (Mason Core) 4
or CHEM 212& CHEM 214 General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
PHYS 243& PHYS 244 College Physics I (Mason Core)
and College Physics I Lab (Mason Core)
4
PHYS 245& PHYS 246 College Physics II (Mason Core)
and College Physics II Lab (Mason Core)
4
PSYC 211 Lifespan Development (Mason Core) 3
or PSYC 325 Psychopathology
Total Credits 41-42
Pre-Physician's Assistant Emphasis
ATEP 201 Medical and Scientific Terminology 3
or HAP 202 Medical Terminology
BIOL 124& BIOL 125 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
8
or
BIOL 430& BIOL 431
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) 4
BIOL 305 Biology of Microorganisms 3
BIOL 306 Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory 1
CHEM 211& CHEM 213 General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 212& CHEM 214 General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry Lab I 2
CHEM 463 General Biochemistry I 4
or BIOL 483 General Biochemistry
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (Mason Core) 3
PSYC 211 Lifespan Development (Mason Core) 3
or PSYC 325 Psychopathology
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3-4
or BIOL 214 Biostatistics for Biology Majors
Total Credits 45-46
Pre-Optometry Emphasis
BIOL 124& BIOL 125 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II
8
or
BIOL 430& BIOL 431
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) 4
BIOL 305 Biology of Microorganisms 3
BIOL 306 Biology of Microorganisms Laboratory 1
BIOL 311 General Genetics 4
CHEM 211& CHEM 213 General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 212& CHEM 214 General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry Lab I 2
CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 318 Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core) 4
PHYS 243& PHYS 244 College Physics I (Mason Core)
and College Physics I Lab (Mason Core)
4
PHYS 245& PHYS 246 College Physics II (Mason Core)
and College Physics II Lab (Mason Core)
4
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3-4
or BIOL 214 Biostatistics for Biology Majors
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (Mason Core) 3
PSYC 211 Lifespan Development (Mason Core) 3
or PSYC 325 Psychopathology
Total Credits 59-60
Pre-Veterinary Emphasis
BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) 4
BIOL 311 General Genetics 4
BIOL 483 General Biochemistry 4
or CHEM 463 General Biochemistry I
CHEM 211& CHEM 213 General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 212& CHEM 214 General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 313 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry Lab I 2
CHEM 314 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHEM 318 Organic Chemistry Lab II 2
MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core) 4
PHYS 243& PHYS 244 College Physics I (Mason Core)
and College Physics I Lab (Mason Core)
4
PHYS 245& PHYS 246 College Physics II (Mason Core)
and College Physics II Lab (Mason Core)
4
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3-4
or BIOL 214 Biostatistics for Biology Majors
Total Credits 45-46

Individualized Concentration (IND)

With approval of the executive director, students may construct an individualized concentration. 30
Total Credits 30

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120