Green Leaf

The BS in Integrative Studies brings together research, theory and practice across numerous disciplines. Integrative studies majors select a multidisciplinary concentration or work with student services staff to develop their own concentration, uniquely suited to their academic and career goals. Integrative studies majors explore new topics and experiences while gaining the knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce.  Required coursework is offered in small classes with ample room for discussion, collaborative learning, and experiential learning, including in-community projects, volunteer opportunities, field work, internships and work with faculty on research that directly engages current social and global challenges.

The BS in Integrative Studies with a concentration in Applied Global Conservation is a Green Leaf Program.

Policies

Students must fulfill all Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees including the Mason Core. Integrative studies students may fulfill lower level Mason Core requirements through approved integrative studies (INTS) coursework. Students pursuing a BS in integrative studies must complete a minimum of 30 credits of (INTS) coursework, with at least 18 credits at the 300 and 400 levels. These 30 INTS credits fulfill the writing intensive and synthesis Mason Core requirements. In addition, students must complete ENGH 302 Advanced Composition (Mason Core). Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the major. Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their degree program to meet Mason requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor.

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: LA-BS-INTS

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Before registering, students should see an advisor to help plan their degree program to meet Mason requirements. The advisor also can help students choose electives or a minor.

Concentrations in the Major

A concentration is the equivalent of a major in a traditional degree program. Students choose from an established multidisciplinary concentration below or create with faculty an individualized program of study to fit their interests and needs. Concentration coursework combines integrative studies (INTS) classes with coursework from other Mason units (departments, schools, and colleges). While fulfilling the concentration requirements, students are also responsible for completing a minimum of 30 credits of INTS coursework. Any INTS courses required for the concentration will apply. Students must present a minimum GPA of 2.00 in courses applied to the concentration.

Applied Global Conservation (AGCN)

Total credits: 41-45

Core Courses in Global Conservation
INTS 210Sustainable World4
INTS 401Conservation Biology6
INTS 402Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability6
or INTS 403 Conservation Behavior
Total Credits16
Additional Global Environmental Course
Select one course from the following:3
Environment and Culture
Engaging the World: Anthropological Perspectives (Mason Core)
Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries
The Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change
Global Environmental Hazards
Population Geography (Mason Core)
Social Structure and Globalization (Mason Core)
Total Credits3
Statistics
STAT 250Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)3-4
or BIOL 312 Biostatistics for Bioinformatics
Total Credits3-4
Additional Learning Community

In addition to the courses below, INTS 375 Special Topics, INTS 395 Field-Based Work, and INTS 398 Field-Based Work may be applied to the concentration when the topic is relevant to conservation studies.

Select one course from the following:3-6
Conflict Resolution and Transformation
The Mysteries of Migration: Consequences for Conservation
Environmental Justice
The Nonprofit Sector
Natural Science and Policy

Students may complete this requirement through regular coursework or through either option of the Smithsonian-Mason Semester Program.

Regular Coursework
Three credits of3
International Internship
Field-Based Work
BIOL 308Foundations of Ecology and Evolution5
BIOL 310Biodiversity3
BIOL 330Biodiversity Lab and Recitation2
BIOL 377Applied Ecology3
or EVPP 361 Introduction to Environmental Policy
Total Credits16
Smithsonian-Mason Semester Program

Students complete one of the options offered through the Mason Center for Conservation Studies in cooperation with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. In this integrated series of courses, taken together in one semester, students live on site at the institute in Front Royal, VA. Students who apply this coursework to the concentration cannot also apply it to the minor in Conservation Studies.

Conservation, Biodiversity and Society Option (16 credits)
CONS 320Conservation in Practice3
CONS 401Conservation Theory3
CONS 402Applied Conservation4
CONS 410Human Dimensions in Conservation (Mason Core)3
CONS 490RS: Integrated Conservation Strategies (Mason Core)3
Total Credits16
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Option (15 credits)

Offered only in Fall semesters, students complete four required courses:

CONS 400Conservation Seminar2
CONS 404Biodiversity Monitoring4
CONS 405Landscape and Macrosystems Ecology4
CONS 496Research in Conservation5
Total Credits15
Endangered Species and Conservation Option (15 credits)

Offerred only in Spring semesters, students complete four required courses:

CONS 400Conservation Seminar2
CONS 406Small Population Management4
CONS 491RS: Conservation Management Planning (Mason Core)4
CONS 496Research in Conservation5
Total Credits15

Life Sciences (LIFS)

Students must complete one of the following emphases.

Preoccupational Therapy Emphasis
One SOCI course3
BIOL 124Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 125Human Anatomy and Physiology4
PHIL 151Introduction to Ethics3
or PHIL 309 Bioethics (Mason Core)
PSYC 100Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)3
PSYC 211Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)3
PSYC 325Abnormal Psychology3
STAT 250Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)3
Select at least 6 credits of relevant upper division INTS coursework chosen with an advisor.6
Total Credits32
Premedical Emphasis
BIOL 213Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)4
BIOL 311General Genetics4
BIOL 483General Biochemistry4
CHEM 211
CHEM 213
General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 212
CHEM 214
General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 313
CHEM 315
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Lab I
5
CHEM 314
CHEM 318
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Lab II
5
MATH 110Introductory Probability (Mason Core)3-4
or MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
MATH 111Linear Mathematical Modeling (Mason Core)3-4
or MATH 114 Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
PHYS 243
PHYS 244
College Physics (Mason Core)
and College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
4
PHYS 245
PHYS 246
College Physics (Mason Core)
and College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
4
PHIL 151Introduction to Ethics3
or PHIL 309 Bioethics (Mason Core)
PSYC 100Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)3
Total Credits50-52
Predental Emphasis
BIOL 103Introductory Biology I (Mason Core)4
BIOL 213Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)4
CHEM 211
CHEM 213
General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 212
CHEM 214
General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Lab I2
CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 318Organic Chemistry Lab II2
CHEM 463General Biochemistry I4
CHEM 465Biochemistry Lab2
PHYS 103Physics and Everyday Phenomena I (Mason Core)4
or PHYS 243
PHYS 244
College Physics (Mason Core)
and College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
PHYS 104Physics and Everyday Phenomena II (Mason Core)4
or PHYS 245
PHYS 246
College Physics (Mason Core)
and College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
PHIL 151Introduction to Ethics3
or PHIL 309 Bioethics (Mason Core)
Total Credits43
Prepharmacy Emphasis
BIOL 103Introductory Biology I (Mason Core)4
BIOL 213Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)4
CHEM 211
CHEM 213
General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 212
CHEM 214
General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Lab I2
CHEM 314Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM 318Organic Chemistry Lab II2
MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
MATH 114Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
PHIL 151Introduction to Ethics3
or PHIL 309 Bioethics (Mason Core)
PHYS 103Physics and Everyday Phenomena I (Mason Core)4
or PHYS 243
PHYS 244
College Physics (Mason Core)
and College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
PHYS 104Physics and Everyday Phenomena II (Mason Core)4
or PHYS 245
PHYS 246
College Physics (Mason Core)
and College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
STAT 250Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)3
Total Credits48
Prephysical Therapy Emphasis
BIOL 103Introductory Biology I (Mason Core)4
BIOL 124Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 125Human Anatomy and Physiology4
PSYC 100Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)3
STAT 250Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)3
CHEM 103Chemical Science in a Modern Society (Mason Core)4
or CHEM 211
CHEM 213
General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
CHEM 104Introduction to Organic, Biochemical, Pharmacological, and Fuel Chemistry (Mason Core)4
or CHEM 212
CHEM 214
General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
PHIL 151Introduction to Ethics3
or PHIL 309 Bioethics (Mason Core)
PHYS 103Physics and Everyday Phenomena I (Mason Core)4
or PHYS 243
PHYS 244
College Physics (Mason Core)
and College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
PHYS 104Physics and Everyday Phenomena II (Mason Core)4
or PHYS 245
PHYS 246
College Physics (Mason Core)
and College Physics Lab (Mason Core)
PSYC 211Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)3
or PSYC 325 Abnormal Psychology
Total Credits40
Prephysician’s Assistant Emphasis
BIOL 124Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 125Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 213Cell Structure and Function (Mason Core)4
BIOL 246Introductory Microbiology3
BIOL 313Human Genetics for the Social Sciences3
CHEM 211
CHEM 213
General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 212
CHEM 214
General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 313Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM 315Organic Chemistry Lab I2
CHEM 463General Biochemistry I4
CHEM 465Biochemistry Lab2
PSYC 100Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)3
PSYC 211Developmental Psychology (Mason Core)3
STAT 250Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)3
PHIL 151Introduction to Ethics3
or PHIL 309 Bioethics (Mason Core)
Total Credits49

Individualized Concentration (IND)

With approval of the executive director, students may construct an individualized concentration.30
Total Credits30

Additional Electives

Any remaining credits may be completed with electives to bring the degree total to 120

The accelerated master's program listed below specifies the BS in integrative studies as a feeder degree for its program. It is important to note, however, that many accelerated master's programs are available for any bachelor's degree at Mason, including this one. See the full list of master's degrees with accelerated programs at George Mason.

Bachelor's Degree (selected)/Interdisciplinary Studies, Accelerated MAIS (Social Justice and Human Rights Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in select majors (listed below) may apply to the accelerated master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in social justice and human rights. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn an undergraduate degree in their chosen major and a master's in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in social justice and human rights after satisfactory completion of 150 credits, sometimes within five years.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Selected Majors

Anthropology, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Sociology, English, History, Philosophy, Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Psychology, Government and International Politics, Integrative Studies, and Communication.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MAIS, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental web site.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete INTS 540 Contemporary Issues in Social Justice Human Rights and one course chosen from the list of electives for the MAIS concentration in social justice and human rights as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all course work. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit (chosen from the list of electives for the MAIS concentration in social justice and human rights). These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. The ability to take courses for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the program. Permission to take a graduate course for reserve graduate credit is normally granted only to Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.

Select up to 6 credits from the list of electives for the MAIS concentration in social justice and human rights6
Total Credits6