Integrated Natural Sciences

Debating between a biology, chemistry, environmental science or mathematics degree? This flexible new program allows you to essentially design your own major to fit your interests. Whether you’re contemplating a career in sustainability or applied mathematics, you will develop a deep understanding of the process of science, and you will be well-positioned to solve scientific problems by integrating knowledge from a variety of scientific fields.

A unique way of learning
Alverno’s unique abilities-based curriculum will help you strive to achieve your personal best by practicing the hands-on skills valued by employers and graduate schools: critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership and communication. These skills will help you stand out in the workplace.

Rigorous scientific coursework
You’ll master the essential toolkit of the professional scientist: how to communicate effectively about scientific phenomena, analyze quantitative and qualitative data, apply frameworks from various fields of natural science, and solve problems through scientific investigation with accuracy and safety. You can also delve deeper into areas of interest through electives, including Developmental Biology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Instrumental Analysis, Introduction to Computer Programming and Axiomatic Systems. You also will apply and integrate one discipline framework to another, such as computer programming to biology and differential equations to chemistry.

Efficient and flexible
This program will allow you to complete the required biology, chemistry and mathematics coursework in four years. Your advisor can help you choose the best course combinations to prepare for other interdisciplinary areas, such as sustainability, applied mathematics, computing and biology.

The support you need to succeed
Forget about giant lecture halls or vying for face time with professors. Alverno’s 10-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio and small class sizes will allow you to perform your best. If you plan to go to professional health school, Alverno’s Pre-Health program offers seminars, personalized advising, peer support and other resources to help make you a competitive candidate.

Get involved
Join one of Alverno’s student organizations — including Pre-Professional Women of Alverno — to practice your leadership skills. You can put your science skills to use (while getting paid) as a lab assistant, a tutor or a mentor to high school students through Alverno’s Girls’ Academy of Science & Mathematics. You might also participate in faculty-student research or travel to professional conferences.

Internships for the Integrated Natural Sciences student
Alverno’s Internship Office can help you find the right opportunity to meet your goals. Past internships sites have included the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee County Health Department, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, the Water Technology Accelerator at the Global Water Center and the Milwaukee County Zoo.

How you can use your degree
Alverno graduates have gone on to study at the Medical College of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Marquette University, University of Minnesota and Butler University, among other schools. Other students choose to go straight into the workforce in research, industry or teaching.


Have questions about studying Integrated Natural Sciences at Alverno? We invite you to connect with faculty to learn more.

Angela FreyAngela Frey, Ph.D.
STEM chair