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.
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,
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. If you are interested in
exploring more career options, see our Interdisciplinary Science Blog and our alumni biographies.
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.