What will I learn?

Integrated Science is an ideal preparation for a wide variety of science programs after your first-year.

Its interdisciplinary nature also ensures you get skills in field work, lab work and the process of conducting scientific research. When you become an Integrated Science student, there are three program options for you to choose from, which can be chosen based on your interests and strength.

  • Visit the Academic Calendar for information about choosing an Integrated Science option

Research opportunities

Throughout the winter term, you'll conduct research in small teams of 2-6 in a Dalhousie research laboratory.

You'll experience the entire research process, from developing a research question, to collecting and analyzing data, and finally to presenting the research findings in individual written reports, a team conference presentation, and a team scientific poster session on the last day of class, which is open to the public.

Each year, Integrated Science students conduct over 20 research projects. Examples include:

  • Physical properties of hair following chemotherapy
  • Efficiency of composts and biosolids in land remediation
  • Thermomechanical properties of heart valve chordae tendinae
  • Quantifying bycatch from offshore softshell clam harvest sites
  • Protein separation with polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis
  • Wave phenomena in ultrasound imaging
  • Cognitive development in infants
  • Olfactory learning in mice
  • Developing metal catalysts for chemical synthesis
  • Building a better battery
  • Evolution of the dengue fever virus
Learn more about the people who will be teaching you

Our faculty are a diverse group who love to share knowledge.

Field work

Don’t forget your rubber boots!

Weekly field trips in September and October take you to a variety of coastal sites in Nova Scotia, including Point Pleasant Park, Conrad’s Beach, Peggy’s Cove, Horton Bluff and Chebucto Head. During these field trips, you’ll get to explore many of the concepts you’re learning in class through hands-on activities.

By actively participating in the field trips and working in small teams, you’ll learn to collect and analyse data, and to interpret scientific evidence. You’ll learn what clothing, supplies and equipment you need for field work, and you’ll get to perform a variety of field techniques. These include:

  • recording observations and interpreting evidence in the field
  • using a directional compass, hand lens, measuring instruments and GPS
  • sampling using quadrats and transects
  • identifying terrestrial and marine organisms
  • measuring abundance and biodiversity
  • drawing diagrams to scale