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The Integrative Sciences program produces well-prepared alumni with knowledge in the physical and life sciences as well as practical instrument and technical skills needed to enter graduate school or a career in government or industry.

An environment favorable to interdisciplinary learning in science is provided, and through classroom and experiential learning opportunities, the student is allowed to develop his or her own interests in the areas where the different disciplines overlap.

Program Goals

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Integrative Sciences program are able to:

Program Concentrations

Interested in a medical career? Harrisburg University Biotechnology and Integrative Science majors offer programs that set you up for success in medical, veterinary or pharmacy school. You can tailor our programs in Integrative Sciences and Biotechnology to meet the exact requirements of your chosen health professional school. Plus, the experiential learning you’ll gain through the HU academic program can help you score a health-based internship or complete a medically based applied project that will help smooth the way for your entrance into a health professional school.

Program Lead

 Catherine  Santai, Ph.D.

Catherine Santai, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Integrative Science Program Lead

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Full Time Faculty

Robert Furey, Ph.D.

Professor of Integrative Sciences

Jacquelyn Maddox, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biological Science

J. Bernardo Mesa Cruz, M.V., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

Catherine Santai, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Integrative Science Program Lead

Carrie Wise

Lecturer in Forensic Science

Justin Lawrence

Associate Professor of Mathematics and Physics

Akeisha Belgrave, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences & Applied Mathematics

Scott Foulkrod, IV, J.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy & Legal Studies

Corporate Faculty

Gordon Goodrow

Corporate Faculty (Integrative Sciences)

Pamela J. Higgins, Ph.D.

Corporate Faculty (Integrative Sciences)

Bernadine McNamara

Corporate Faculty (Integrative Sciences)

Program Courses

This program requires a total of 43-50 semester hours: 15 semester hours from the core courses listed below and 28-35 semester hours completed in one of the following concentrations: Biology, Biological Chemistry, Chemistry, and Forensics. The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).

BIOL 102 – General Biology Lecture (3 credits)

This course introduces the student to the major themes of biology, including properties of living organisms, comparison of eucaryotes vs. procaryotes, patterns of inheritance, the central dogma, mitosis and meiosis, the diversity of life in both plants and animals, classification of organisms, evolution, metabolism, photosynthesis, cell structures, basic structure of the body, infectious desease, the Hardy-Weinberg principle, biodiversity, ecosystems, and the biosphere. A broad understanding of biology and living organisms in the biosphere is developed through hand-on, mulit-modal engages learning opportunities in both the classroom and the companion laboratory compenent.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

BIOL 103 – General Biology Laboratory (1 credit)

Companion laboratory component that demonstrates the major themes of biology presented in BIOL 102.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

CHEM 151 – General Chemistry I Lecture (3 credits)

This course provides a general introduction to atoms and molecules, stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, reactions, kinetics and equilibrium which serve as a prerequisite for advanced courses.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

CHEM 152 – General Chemistry I Laboratory (1 credit)

Companion laboratory component that illustrates the study of chemical principles presented in CHEM 151.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

PHYS 210 – General Physics I (4 credits)

This course provides an introductory treatment of classical Newtonian physics and covers kinematics in one and two dimensions, vector forces, Newton’s laws of motion, uniform circular motion, work, conservation of energy, momentum and angular momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics, and simple harmonic motion. Emphasis is placed on the application of basic concepts through mathematical problem-solving. Applications of physics to problems in medicine are presented and medical technology is highlighted throughout the course. Applications of elementary and differential and integral calculus to physics are introduced. Laboratory experiments provide experience with various measurement technologies and reinforce the theoretical concepts developed.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

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