Integrated Science and Technology Program

Dr. Richard M. Roberds, Director

Dr. Maurice L. Wolla, Coordinator for Students


Barnes, J. Ramsey, Reilly, Roberds, Wolla

Associate Professors

O. Christoph, Deaton, Egekwu, Evans, C. Fox, Frysinger, Gabriel, Ivory, Lawrence, Marchal, McKown, Papadakis, Teate, Van Dyke, Zarrugh

Assistant Professors

Klevickis, Kolvoord, Lagman, Neebel, Pomykalski, Whitehead, Winebrake


M. Carrier, Goodall

Course Descriptions: Integrated Science and Technology

The integrated science and technology program produces a graduate broadly acquainted with basic science, technology and business. All students pursue a common program through their sophomore year that provides a foundation of science and an introduction to its technology applications. Studies are integrated and include mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry, biology, knowledge-based systems, environmental science, modern production, energy, and the role of science and technology in society. During their junior and senior years, all students pursue deeper study of strategically significant areas of technology which include instrumentation and measurement, energy, environmental studies, engineering and manufacturing, biotechnology, and information and knowledge management. Each student selects a concentration in any but the first of these areas, or in health systems, and pursues additional study in the concentration culminating in a senior thesis. Students rely heavily upon the computer as a problem-solving tool throughout the curriculum, work in teams extensively and are engaged in laboratory experiences in the requisite sciences.

Freshman-Sophomore Sequence

Issues in Science and Technology

A sequence of four courses designed to engage students in the practice of science, both to motivate and to provide understanding of science and technology in the context of important current social issues. Current areas from which issues are selected are living systems, the environment, modern production, and energy.


A two-course sequence for freshmen that introduces some of the nontechnological issues involved in science and technology problem solving, particularly social, ethical and legal issues.

Analytical Methods

A sequence of four courses designed to provide students with basic methods and tools for understanding and analyzing problems in science and technology. Subjects are taught in an integrated manner with applications as the unifying factor. Topics include calculus, elements of the physical sciences, statistics, project management, the computer, and knowledge-based systems.

Junior-Senior Sequence

Strategic Sectors in Science and Technology

Students complete 23-37 credit hours of instruction in strategic sectors during their junior and senior years. The strategic sectors, developed from national critical technologies lists, represent areas of current strategic importance in the world economy. The sectors include energy, environment, engineering/manufacturing, information/knowledge management, biotechnology, and instrumentation/measurement.


Students are provided the opportunity to focus their program of study by taking four additional courses in a particular area of concentration. Concentrations include energy, environment, information/knowledge management, engineering/manufacturing, biotechnology and health systems. The option is also open for students to tailor their area of concentration with the help and approval of their adviser.

Senior Thesis

This is the capstone of the senior year. Working as part of a team of students and interdisciplinary faculty, seniors will propose, develop, manage, analyze and report on a project that addresses some issue
of interest.

Degree Requirements

While completing the integrated science and technology courses, the student will also pursue the university's liberal studies curriculum which is required of all students and is a cornerstone of the education received by every student. The required ISAT courses are listed below. As indicated below, they include the completion of the instrumentation and measurement strategic sector and from three to five additional sectors. A total of 120 credit hours is required for graduation.

Issues in Science and Technology I-IV 12
Connections 4
Analytical Methods I-IV 12
Strategic Sectors/Concentration 35-49
Senior Thesis 6
Liberal studies courses and electives 37-51

Some senior courses are under development.

Minor in Integrated Science and Technology

The minor in Integrated Science and Technology mirrors the major in Integrated Science and Technology by having a breadth component and a depth component. The breadth component is satisfied through nine credit hours in Issues in Science, and the Foundations of Instrumentation and Measurement. The depth component is satisfied through focused study in a concentration area requiring either nine or 10 additional credit hours.

Students should note that many courses have ISAT prerequisites outside the minor (although equivalents to ISAT courses will be accepted). In planning a sequence of courses for the minor, students are encouraged to meet with an ISAT adviser to ensure that all needed prerequisites will be taken in due course.

The minimum requirements for the minor in Integrated Science and Technology follow. Students must take nine credits from the following or equivalents.

ISAT 111. Issues I-Living Systems 3
ISAT 112. Issues II-Environment 3
ISAT 211. Issues III-Modern Production 3
ISAT 212. Issues IV-Energy 3
ISAT 300. Foundations of I&M 3
Choose one of the following sequences:
Energy 7
ISAT 301. Energy Lab (one credit)
ISAT 310. Energy Fundamentals (three credits)
ISAT 311. Energy in Modern Society (three credits)
Environment 7
ISAT 302. Environmental Lab (one credit)
ISAT 320. Environmental Fundamentals
(three credits)
ISAT 321. Environmental Projects (three credits)
Engineering and Manufacturing 7
ISAT 303. Engineering/Manufacturing Lab
(one credit)
ISAT 330. Manufacturing Systems (three credits)
ISAT 331. Automation in Manufacturing
(three credits)
Information and Knowledge Management 6
ISAT 340. Software Development (three credits)
ISAT 341. Knowledge Management (three credits)
Biotechnology 7
ISAT 305. Biotechnology Lab (one credit)
ISAT 350. Biotechnology I (three credits)
ISAT 351. Biotechnology II (three credits)
One additional 300- or 400-level integrated science and technology course.

College of Integrated Science and Technology Directory

Undergraduate Catalog Contents

1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University