Integrated Natural Science

Fall Open
Class Standing
Andrew Brabban
Vauhn Foster-Grahler
Michael Paros
Paula Schofield
Erik Thuesen

This interdisciplinary program offers an integrated study of general biology and general chemistry, through the examination of concepts, theories, and structures that underlie the natural sciences. It is intended for students who are interested in pursuing more advanced coursework in biology, chemistry, and environmental sciences.

The nature of living organisms will be examined on molecular, cellular, physiological, and ecological levels within the context of evolutionary history. Chemical topics of equilibria, thermodynamics, and kinetics will provide a framework to understand biological and ecological systems. Students will engage with these themes using an experimental approach to develop analytical and quantitative reasoning skills. They will participate in hands-on field and laboratory experiences to improve their problem-solving abilities directed at understanding natural phenomena. Scientific concepts will build over the entire year, so it is in your best interest to enroll in the program for all three quarters.

In fall quarter we will integrate topics of biology and chemistry through the study of evolution and ecology, examining evolutionary processes on a macro level through the study of plants and animals, diversification of life, and ecology. In addition, we will learn concepts in introductory probability and statistics to develop a more critical understanding about how statistics allows us to understand the natural world. In winter quarter, molecular structure and properties will enhance our understanding of biological function at the molecular level. These will be covered through the study of genetics and inheritance, structure and synthesis of DNA and proteins, and how these molecules are integrated into cells. Chemical concepts of kinetics and equilibria will enhance these studies. In spring quarter, we will focus on both the molecular and organismal levels of biology, from key metabolic processes to important concepts in animal physiology and biochemistry. We will also examine equilibrium reactions in greater depth and begin our study of thermodynamics.

Weekly program activities will include lectures, small-group problem-solving workshops, as well as laboratory work, and field experiences. Students can expect to do labs each week, maintain lab notebooks, and write formal lab reports. Assessment of learning will occur through many methods such as in-class and online quizzes and exams, homework assignments, written reports, and projects. This program is designed for students who want a solid preparation for further study in the sciences. Students who want only to get a taste of science will find this program especially demanding and should consult with faculty before the program begins.


Students should have a solid understanding of mathematics at the Algebra II or Precalculus level.

Signature Required

Students need to demonstrate knowledge of fall quarter material. Contact the faculty for more information and to arrange an assessment (

Course Reference Numbers
So - Sr (16): 20098

This program is closed to new students in spring quarter

Course Reference Numbers
So - Sr (16): 30092
Fr (16): 30093
Fr - Sr (1 - 16): 30094

Course Reference Numbers

So - Sr (16): 10071
Fr (14): 10169
Fr - Sr (1 - 16): 10319

Academic Details

biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, health sciences.


$50 required lab fee per quarter


In Person (F)
In Person (W)
In Person (S)

See definition of Hybrid, Remote, and In-Person instruction

Schedule Details
Purce Hall 7 - Classroom


Date Revision
2022-04-12 $50 required lab fee added per quarter