BS in Integrative Studies

Catalog Year: 2020-2021

Green Leaf

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.

The BS in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Applied Global Conservation is a Green Leaf Program.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Policies

Integrative studies students may fulfill lower level Mason Core requirements through approved integrative studies (INTS) coursework. Students pursuing a BA in integrative studies must complete a minimum of 30 credits of (INTS) coursework, with at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 levels. These 30 INTS credits fulfill the writing intensive and synthesis Mason Core requirements. In addition, students must complete ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core).

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.

Integrative studies students complete INTS 391 Understanding Integrative Studies 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 3

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

Applied Global Conservation (AGCN)

Total credits: 40-44

Core Courses in Global Conservation
INTS 210 Sustainable World (Mason Core) 4
INTS 401 Conservation Biology (Mason Core) 6
INTS 402 Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability 6
or INTS 403 Conservation Behavior (Mason Core)
Total Credits 16
Additional Global Environmental Course
Select one course from the following: 3
Environment and Culture
Engaging the World: Anthropological Perspectives (Mason Core)
EVPP 337
Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries
EVPP 436
The Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change
GGS 302
Global Environmental Hazards
GGS 304
Population Geography (Mason Core)
Globalization and Social Change (Mason Core)
Total Credits 3
Statistics
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3-4
or BIOL 312 Biostatistics for Bioinformatics
or BIOL 214 Biostatistics for Biology Majors
Total Credits 3-4
Additional Learning Community

In addition to the courses below, INTS 375 Special Topics, INTS 395 Field-Based Work, and INTS 398 Field-Based Work may be applied to the concentration when the topic is relevant to conservation studies.

Select one course from the following: 3-6
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
The Mysteries of Migration: Consequences for Conservation (Mason Core)
Environmental Justice (Mason Core)
The Nonprofit Sector (Mason Core)
Natural Science and Policy

Students may complete this requirement through regular coursework or through either option of the Smithsonian-Mason Semester Program.

Regular Coursework
Three credits from the following: 3
International Internship
Field-Based Work
Internship
BIOL 308 Foundations of Ecology and Evolution 5
BIOL 300 BioDiversity 4
BIOL 377 Applied Ecology 3
or EVPP 361 Introduction to Environmental Policy
Total Credits 15
Smithsonian-Mason Semester Program

Students complete one of the options offered through the Mason Center for Conservation Studies in cooperation with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. In this integrated series of courses, taken together in one semester, students live on site at the institute in Front Royal, VA. Students who apply this coursework to the concentration cannot also apply it to the minor in Conservation Studies.

Conservation, Biodiversity and Society Option (16 credits)
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
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Option (16 credits)

Offered only in Fall semesters, students complete four required courses:

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
Endangered Species and Conservation Option (16 credits)

Offerred only in Spring semesters, students complete four required courses:

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

Life Sciences (LIFS)

Students must complete one of the following emphases.

Preoccupational Therapy Emphasis
One SOCI course 3
BIOL 124 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIOL 125 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
PHIL 151 Introduction to Ethics 3
or PHIL 309 Bioethics (Mason Core)
PSYC 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core) 3
PSYC 211 Developmental Psychology (Mason Core) 3
PSYC 325 Abnormal Psychology 3
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3
Select at least 6 credits of relevant upper division INTS coursework chosen with an advisor. 6
Total Credits 32
Premedical Emphasis
BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) 4
BIOL 311 General Genetics 4
BIOL 483 General Biochemistry 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& CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
5
CHEM 314& CHEM 318 Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
5
MATH 110 Introductory Probability (Mason Core) 3-4
or MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
MATH 111 Linear Mathematical Modeling (Mason Core) 3-4
or MATH 114 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
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
PHIL 151 Introduction to Ethics 3
or PHIL 309 Bioethics (Mason Core)
PSYC 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 50-52
Predental Emphasis
BIOL 103 Introductory Biology I (Mason Core) 4
BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) 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
CHEM 463 General Biochemistry I 4
CHEM 465 Biochemistry Lab 2
PHYS 103 Physics and Everyday Phenomena I (Mason Core) 4
or PHYS 243& PHYS 244 College Physics I (Mason Core)
and College Physics I Lab (Mason Core)
PHYS 104 Physics and Everyday Phenomena II (Mason Core) 4
or PHYS 245& PHYS 246 College Physics II (Mason Core)
and College Physics II Lab (Mason Core)
PHIL 151 Introduction to Ethics 3
or PHIL 309 Bioethics (Mason Core)
Total Credits 43
Prepharmacy Emphasis
BIOL 103 Introductory Biology I (Mason Core) 4
BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) 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
MATH 114 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II 4
PHIL 151 Introduction to Ethics 3
or PHIL 309 Bioethics (Mason Core)
PHYS 103 Physics and Everyday Phenomena I (Mason Core) 4
or PHYS 243& PHYS 244 College Physics I (Mason Core)
and College Physics I Lab (Mason Core)
PHYS 104 Physics and Everyday Phenomena II (Mason Core) 4
or PHYS 245& PHYS 246 College Physics II (Mason Core)
and College Physics II Lab (Mason Core)
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3
Total Credits 48
Prephysical Therapy Emphasis
BIOL 103 Introductory Biology I (Mason Core) 4
BIOL 124 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIOL 125 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
PSYC 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core) 3
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3
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)
PHIL 151 Introduction to Ethics 3
or PHIL 309 Bioethics (Mason Core)
PHYS 103 Physics and Everyday Phenomena I (Mason Core) 4
or PHYS 243& PHYS 244 College Physics I (Mason Core)
and College Physics I Lab (Mason Core)
PHYS 104 Physics and Everyday Phenomena II (Mason Core) 4
or PHYS 245& PHYS 246 College Physics II (Mason Core)
and College Physics II Lab (Mason Core)
PSYC 211 Developmental Psychology (Mason Core) 3
or PSYC 325 Abnormal Psychology
Total Credits 40
Prephysician’s Assistant Emphasis
BIOL 124 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIOL 125 Human Anatomy and Physiology 4
BIOL 213 Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core) 4
BIOL 246 Introductory Microbiology 3
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
CHEM 465 Biochemistry Lab 2
PSYC 100 Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core) 3
PSYC 211 Developmental Psychology (Mason Core) 3
STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core) 3
PHIL 151 Introduction to Ethics 3
or PHIL 309 Bioethics (Mason Core)
Total Credits 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