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    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts
    79 Fifth Avenue, 5th floor 
    New York, NY 10003 
    Phone: 212.229.5150 or 
    800.292.3040
    Fax: 212.229.5355
    lang@newschool.edu

    Program Contacts

    Chair and Departmental Faculty Advisor, Natural Sciences and Mathematics
    Jennifer Wilson

    Associate Professor of Mathematics
    wilsonj@newschool.edu

    Director, Quantitative Reasoning
    Debasmita Basu
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning
    basud1@newschool.edu

    Student Success Advisor for Interdisciplinary Science
    Chris McElderry
    Assistant Director of Student Success Advising at Lang
    clmcelderry@newschool.edu
    646.909.2260

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  • Lang's Interdisciplinary Science program empowers you with the knowledge, values, and methods of science necessary to address planetary health challenges. You learn how to analyze biodiversity; improve access to safe drinking water; promote the responsible management of biotechnologies, drugs, and environmental resources; and ensure the ethical collection, management, and interpretation of data. Through research and connections to the arts, design, and social sciences, you engage with science and math as tools for promoting social change.

    • Study Options Major, Minor

    The Interdisciplinary Science curriculum democratizes science using a planetary health framework, addressing health, environment, and equity. Through seminars, labs, internships, and research experiences you investigate the social, physical, chemical, and biological principles that affect organisms, communities, nations, and the planet.

    Our sequenced courses combine scientific and quantitative concepts and skills with critical perspectives from the social sciences, arts, and design. Our unique approach enables you to connect science to social justice, and consider effective and appropriate scientific, health, and environmental practices and policies.

    • At the introductory level, you build foundational knowledge in courses that move away from memorization and use a concept-based approach to learning.
    • In lab-based courses and Science + Art + Design Lab Workshops, you apply knowledge to design experiments and solve problems related to climate change, air and water pollution, antibiotic resistance, direct-to-consumer genetic testing, genetic modification of foods, and ecological disruption.
    • In advanced-level courses, you consider ways to promote scientific innovation and sustainable and socially just approaches that are informed by scientific and mathematical knowledge.

    Major requirements

    Minor requirements

    Fellowships and Partnerships

    To supplement your classroom experience at Lang, the Interdisciplinary Science program offers the Mohn Family Science and Social Justice Fellowship, which provides mentoring and financial support for internships, lab-based research experiences, and fieldwork that relate to environmental justice, health equity, and STEAMD (STEM + Arts and Design). The partnership with Marine Biological Labs offers those interested in traditional courses and research in marine ecology a semester studying environmental science.

    Connecting to New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. As an Interdisciplinary Science student, you access the city's resources in a variety of ways, including:

    Career Paths

    Graduates often choose career paths and graduate programs that require strong scientific and quantitative reasoning and an understanding of the relationship between the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and arts and design. Students are prepared to pursue graduate study and careers involving research in areas such as public and environmental health, environmental sustainability, design and technology, advocacy, ethics, management, and STEM/STEAMD education.

    Consult our 4-Year Lang Career Pathways Map (PDF) for helpful steps and resources to link your academic journey to your future plans. If you are interested in exploring more career options, see our Interdisciplinary Science Blog and our alumni biographies.

    Outcomes at Lang

    Note: This program is STEM-designated. After graduating, eligible F-1 students in this program can apply for an additional 24 months of Optional Practical Training at the end of their Post-Completion OPT.

  • Featured Courses

    Explore a selection of courses available to you in this program.

    • This civic engagement course uses the topic of stem cell biology to introduce the biological, legal, and social dimensions of biomedical research and emerging technologies using perspectives from critical race theory, feminist thought, and disability studies. Stem cells are used to advance basic sci...

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    • In this class we will explore the multifaceted and two-way relationship between math and visual images. Artists from all cultures and historical periods have been inspired by mathematical ideas, while mathematicians have relied on images to represent their thoughts and to help them make sense of the...

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    • We analyze social and political factors affecting public health in urban environments. Currently over half of the globe’s population now lives in cities, a proportion that’s projected to increase to 70% by 2050. Inequitable and inefficient urban planning can lead to built and social environments tha...

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  • Interdisciplinary Science faculty include mathematicians, biologists, chemists, public health practitioners, and statisticians, many of whom are engaged with SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities).

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Undergraduates

To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

Graduates

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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