Integrated Science. A unique first year science experience at Dalhousie University.
Integrated Science (DISP) is a first-year experience for science students at Dalhousie University. It provides an enriched science experience for a small cohort of students (maximum 80) with an emphasis on research and integration across the sciences. After finishing this foundation year, students select their Major subject and join other BSc students in second-year courses. Most of our students continue at Dal to complete an honours degree in science to prepare for graduate or professional school.
Do you have a love for science?
This highly focused first-year program gives you a well-rounded understanding of a variety of science disciplines while showing some of the links among subjects. Integrated Science at Dalhousie is the only program in Canada where you study Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Math, Psychology, Ethics in Science, Scientific Writing, and Statistics as a first-year BSc student.
You'll be part of a small group of keen science students learning from a core group of faculty members, developing transferrable skills within an enhanced first year science curriculum.
What will your first year look like?
In this science-focused and challenging first-year program you'll be part of a small group of keen science students learning from a core group of faculty members, developing transferrable skills within an enhanced first year science curriculum. You will study Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Calculus, Psychology, Ethics in Science, Scientific Writing, and Statistics, exploring some of the connections among the subjects. You will get lots of hands-on experience, in the laboratory and on field trips, and while conducting an independent research project.
You may want to consider this program if you:
• have a strong background in high school science and math
• are well-organized and have good time management skills
• have solid study skills and work habits
• enjoy working in small groups
• want to be immersed in science in your first year
Emphasis on scientific research methods and communication skills, along with a broad introduction to the sciences, makes Integrated Science an excellent foundation for students intending to pursue an Honours degree.
The Integrated Science program takes a cross-disciplinary approach, where you will not only study the core material of a variety of science subjects but will learn to look for the many connections among different disciplines. For example, you may learn how cell science and genetics have informed the study of the brain, how historic changes in our planet and its atmosphere have determined the history of life on Earth, and how an understanding of statistics is essential to interpreting the efficacy of a new drug or vaccine.
Learn more about the DISP program