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Integrated Science and Technology at JMU answers deep questions.

ISAT is a program that emphasizes the interdisciplinary application of science, technology, math and systems thinking to the compelling and complex problems that challenge our society. Students collaborate science and technology with the political, social, economic, and ethical considerations required to address complex, real-world challenges such as pandemics, climate change, information privacy, and sustainable transportation networks. From developing clean energy, advancing modern medicine through biotechnology to improving sustainability, ISAT is a community that joins together to learn, solve problems and make a difference.

As an ISAT major, you’ll:

  • Enjoy a range of options in choosing what to study: applied biotechnology, energy, engineering/manufacturing, environment, information and knowledge management, telecommunications – including the option to create your own.
  • Participate in course work and research that addresses major local, national and global challenges.
  • Have opportunities for experiential learning in the field, in the lab, and in the community.
  • Complete a two year long capstone project working individually or in teams to solve a real-world problem – often teaming with local industry or governmental sponsor. 
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96% of ISAT grads are employed, continuing their education, or engaged in other career-related endeavors

The major is a part of the Department of Integrated Science and Technology, an academic unit within the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.

Integrated science and technology (ISAT) students learn about a broad range of scientific, technological, and social concepts and master concrete skills that will make them leaders in solving the real human problems that confront our world. Students start with a common foundations curriculum and then progress into more specialized technical areas of their choice during the junior and senior years. Studies in ISAT combine multiple scientific areas into one hands-on, integrated program in which students learn by working directly with technology and applying it to solve real-world problems. 

ISAT graduates are successful in a broad range of professions and graduate schools. The program is both technical and flexible allowing students to customize a course sequence in preparation for a diverse array of technology-related careers.

Integrated Science & Technology
  • Degrees Offered: B.S.
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  • Concentrations: Applied Biotechnology; Energy; Engineering/Manufacturing; Environment; Information & Knowledge Management; Telecommunications; Individualized Concentrations available
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  • Minors: Environmental Information Systems; Environmental Management; Integrated Science & Technology; Science, Technology & Society

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students declare the Integrated Science and Technology major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers 
Current students wishing to declare or change a major, minor or pre-professional program must complete a request through MyMadison. Additional department specific information will be available when that academic plan is selected. Follow all directions and steps necessary to execute your request. Once all necessary steps are completed, the department will either approve or deny your request or contact you for additional information.

For additional assistance making this request, view the Change/Declare a Major/Minor tutorial in MyMadison or on the tutorials website.

Progressing in the Major

All students pursue a common program through their sophomore year that provides a foundation of science and an introduction to its technology applications. During their junior and senior years, all students pursue deeper study of strategically significant areas that include applied biotechnology, energy, environmental studies, production systems, information and knowledge management, and telecommunications, networking and security. Each student selects a concentration in any of these areas and pursues additional study in the concentration culminating in a senior project. 

While completing the ISAT courses, the student will also pursue the university's general education curriculum that is required of all students and is a cornerstone of the education received by every student. A total of 120 credit hours are required for graduation.

In addition, a grade equal to or higher than "C-" is required for ISAT 151, ISAT 152, and ISAT 251.


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