IST Program Components

All majors offered by IST follow a similar curriculum program. The IST program has four major components:

  • Marshall University Core Curriculum includes a seminar to help students acclimate to their new environment, "critical thinking" courses to help develop analytical thinking, and courses to nurture a wide foundation of knowledge across multiple disciplines.
  • College of Science Requirements are courses that the college requires. These courses provide a foundation of knowledge that will lead to new perspectives across the curriculum.
  • IST Core Requirements include communication skills; "connections" courses that examine the relationships between society, science, and technology; foundation courses in math and science; a public service/volunteer experience; and a two-semester senior capstone project which serves as a culmination of the student's work in his or her field.
  • IST Program Requirements are courses that are specific to the student's chosen major and area of emphasis or specialization (if applicable). These courses allow students to work toward their major or area of emphasis with integration of knowledge from other areas of study across the university curriculum.

Degrees from Integrated Science & Technology are four-year programs that require at least 121 credit hours. Of those 121 hours, at least 40 hours must be from 300-499 level courses. A minimum 2.0 grade point average is required for graduation.

General Requirements

Students earning a bachelor's degree from the Department of Integrated Science & Technology take a variety of courses focused on building a strong foundation of knowledge and developing an expertise in a chosen field. The foundation of critical thinking skills, communication skills, scientific principles, and technology foundations is developed through the general course requirements that are common to all degree programs within IST.

This unofficial listing provides an example of the courses a student may take while earning a bachelor's degree from IST. Each program within IST maintains one or more curriculum sheets that list the specific requirements for its degree program(s) and areas of emphasis if applicable. These sheets are available on the program pages available through the links below.

The Department of Integrated Science & Technology offers degrees in:

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Marshall Core Curriculum

The Core Curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking skills and introduce students to the basic domains of thinking in the disciplines. The faculty's goal in creating this new Core is to provide a direct linkage between the first classes a student takes and the senior capstone experience. This new general education curriculum applies to all majors.

Core I

  • 3 hours FYS 100 - First Year Seminar
  • 6 hours Critical Thinking (Satisfied by IST 120 and 220 in IST Core)

Core II

  • 6 hours Composition

    Choose one of the following options:

    • ENG 101 and ENG 102
    • ENG 200H
  • 3 hours Communications

    Choose one of the following courses:

    • CMM 103
    • CMM 104H
    • CMM 207
  • 3 hours Fine Arts

    Choose one of the following courses:

    • ART 112
    • MUS 142
    • THE 112
  • 3 hours Humanities

    Choose one of the following courses:

    • CL 210, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 250
    • CMM 205, 239, 240
    • ENG 200, 202, 203, 206, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 215, 220, 225, 231, 235, 236, 240, 241, 242
    • FRN 240
    • GER 240
    • JPN 240
    • PHL 200, 200H, 201, 250
    • RST 205, 206, 250
    • SPN 240
  • 3 hours Math (Satisfied in IST Core)

    Choose one of the following courses:

    • MTH 140 (Biotech, CIT, DFIA, and Env. Science majors)
    • MTH 160 (CJC and NRRM majors)
    • MTH 229
    • IST 131
  • 4 hours Natural or Physical Sciences (Satisfied in IST Core/Program)

    Choose one of the following courses or course combinations:

    • BSC 104, 105, 120, 121, 228, 250
    • CHM 211 + 217, 212 + 218
    • ISC 200, 201, 202, 205, 208, 209
    • IST 111 (Biotech, CIT, DFIA, Env. Science, and NRRM), 131, 224 (CJC), 230
    • PHY 101 + 101L, 201 + 202, 203 + 204, 211 + 202, 211 + 212, 213 + 204, 213 + 214
    • PS 109 + 109L, 110 + 110L
  • 3 hours Social Science

    Choose one of the following courses:

    • ANT 201, 201H
    • CMM 213, 255
    • CJ 200, 211, 221, 231, 241
    • GEO 100, 203, 206
    • HST 101, 102, 103, 103H, 125, 200, 205, 206, 208, 219, 220, 221, 223, 230, 230H, 231, 231H, 250, 260, 265
    • PSC 104, 105, 202, 207, 209, 211, 233
    • PSY 201, 201H, 223
    • SOC 200, 200H

Other Core Requirements

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College of Science Requirements

The following courses are requirements that are specific to the College of Science.

  • 3 hours Literature
  • 8 hours Natural or Physical Sciences (In addition to MU Core requirement. Satisfied by IST Core/Program requirements.)

    Choose any course from two of the following fields:

    • Biological Sciences
    • Chemistry
    • Geology
    • Physics

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IST Core Requirements

The following courses are required of all students under the IST department.

  • 3 hours IST 120 - Connections I
  • 3 hours IST 220 - Connections II
  • 3 hours IST 150 - Spreadsheet & Database Principles
  • 3 hours IST 260 - Instrumentation [CJC]
  • 4 hours IST 111 - Living Systems or BSC 120 [CJC]
  • 3 or 4 hours IST 212 - Energy or PHY 201/202 [CJC]
  • 4 hours IST 130 - Analytical Methods I or MTH 225 [CJC]
  • 3 hours MTH 140 - Applied Calculus [CJC]
  • 1 hour IST 301 - Public Service [CJC]
  • 3 hours IST 490 - Senior Project I [CJC] [NRRM]
  • 3 hours IST 491 - Senior Project II or IST 470 - Internship [CJC] [NRRM]

[CJC] Criminal Justice & Criminology majors follow a different set of IST Core Requirements. The noted courses have been replaced in the curriculum and are not required for CJC majors. Students interested in CJC should consult the CJC Advising page or a CJC advisor.

[NRRM] Natural Resource & Recreation Management majors may replace the IST 490 / IST 491 series with PLS 490, a 6-hour summer internship.

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IST Program Requirements

Each program in IST has individual requirements for its respective degree(s). These courses focus within the discipline and differentiate the various degrees.

  • Biotechnology
    • 4 hours BSC 121 - Principles of Biology II
    • 3 hours CHM 211 - Principles of Chemistry I
    • 2 hours CHM 217 - Principles of Chemistry I Lab
    • 3 hours CHM 212 - Principles of Chemistry II
    • 2 hours CHM 218 - Principles of Chemistry II Lab
    • 3 hours CHM 365 - Biochemistry
    • 4 hours IST 241 - DNA Cloning
    • 4 hours IST 340 - Issues in DNA Technology
    • 4 hours IST 341 - Issues in Human Genetics
    • 2 hours IST 342 - Bioscience Research Methods
    • 16 hours Technical Electives

      Choose from the following courses:

      • IST 343, 350, 440, 442, 443, 444, 445, 470, 480, 485
      • Applicable courses approved by your IST advisor
  • Computer & Information Technology
    • 3 hours IST 163 - Programming C++
    • 4 hours IST 224 - Intro Forensic Science
    • 3 hours IST 263 - Web Programming
    • 3 hours IST 264 - Tech Foundations
    • 3 hours IST 365 - Database Management
    • 3 hours IST 362 - Network Protocols
    • 3 hours MGT 320 or IST 350
    • 27-33 hours Area of Emphasis/Specialization Curriculum
  • Criminal Justice & Criminology
    • 4 hours IST 224 - Introduction to Forensic Science (Satisfies COS Science requirement)
    • 3 hours IST 264 - Technology Foundations
    • 3 hours CJ 200 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • 3 hours CJ 302 - Criminal Justice Research Methods
    • 3 hours CJ 404 - Theoretical Criminology
    • 3 hours CJ 492 - Senior Seminar
    • 24 hours Elective Major Courses
  • Digital Forensics & Information Assurance
    • 42-49 hours Digital Forensics Curriculum
  • Environmental Science
    • 3 hours CHM 211 - Principles of Chemistry I
    • 2 hours CHM 217 - Principles of Chemistry I Lab
    • 3 hours CHM 212 - Principles of Chemistry II
    • 2 hours CHM 218 - Principles of Chemistry II Lab
    • 3 hours GLY 200 - Physical Geology
    • 3 hours IST 321 - Resolution Environmental Problems
    • 4 hours IST 322 - Assessment I: Terrestrial Systems
    • 4 hours IST 323 - Assessment II: Aquatic Ecology
    • 3 hours IST 423 - GIS and Data Systems
    • 3 hours IST 425 - Impact Assessment Documentation
    • 4 hours IST 435 - Biomonitoring
    • 15-16 hours Technical Electives

      Choose 300-499 level courses from the following fields:

      • Biological Sciences
      • Chemistry
      • Geology
      • Physics
  • Natural Resources & Recreation Management
    • 4 hours BSC 104 - Introduction to Biology
    • 4 hours BSC 105 - Introduction to Biology
    • 3 hours IST 423 - GIS and Data Systems
    • 3 hours PLS 101 - Introduction to NRRM
    • 3 hours PLS 231 - Natural History
    • 3 hours PLS 310 - Environmental Interpretation or PLS 311 - Environmental Education
    • 3 hours PLS 332 - Sustainability Issues
    • 3 hours PLS 411 - Natural Area & Park Planning and Design
    • 3 hours PLS 432 - Wilderness and Protected Area Management
    • 3 hours PLS 433 - GIS and Remote Sensing in Natural Resources
    • 4 hours IST 322 - Assessment I: Terrestrial Systems or IST 323 - Assessment II: Aquatic Ecology
    • 18 hours Electives

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