INTEGRATED SCIENCE AND BUSINESS
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Merge two passions into one career.
Do you have an interest in both business and science? Would you like to establish a strong foundation in the sciences with a basic background in business to jump-start your career? If so, the Integrated Science and Business major might be for you.
The Integrated Science and Business major is designed to equip students to compete and prosper in the new technology-intensive, global marketplace. The focus of this interdisciplinary program is to develop integrated thinking from the initial stages of education and produce skilled graduates who are highly effective in entry-level positions requiring skills in both science and business. Many graduates pursue positions in technology-oriented industries that require the integration and understanding of relevant scientific principles with basic management skills.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the top 10 occupations for workers with an interdisciplinary studies degree are all projected to grow between 2022 and 2032. These include computer science, law, nutrition, education, management, and healthcare.
100% career and graduate school placement
All recent integrated science and business majors were employed or pursuing an advanced degree after graduation (2020-21 research survey respondents).
Why study Integrated Science and Business at UW-Whitewater?
The best of two colleges
The Integrated Science and Business major includes classes and programming within both the College of Letters and Science and the College of Business and Economics.
The College of Letters and Sciences is a leader in UW-Whitewater’s nationally respected Undergraduate Research Program, where students work alongside faculty mentors in a research setting. Wisconsin’s largest business school, the UW-Whitewater business school, is among less than two percent of business schools in the world to achieve dual accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in both business and accounting.
Business classes in accounting, business education/office systems, economics, finance and business law, management and marketing will provide you with the basic business background you’ll need.
Focus on a global topic
Students completing the Integrated Science and Business major have the option to add a Water emphasis. Water scarcity, pollution, climate change, and other problematic global water trends pose major challenges to businesses now and will continue to do so in the years ahead. Wisconsin is known for its water-related manufacturing and research. What better place to access regional opportunities in business and science?
The water emphasis will prepare you for a variety of careers, including those in:
- Environmental science
- Water research (in science, economics, public policy and other areas)
- Business operations
- Water technology
What our Integrated Science and Business students do
Hands-on learning experiences
The College of Letters and Sciences’ internship program has been growing rapidly, and the College of Business and Economics’ program is well established and successful both domestically and internationally. Integrated Science and Business students recently completed internships at the following companies and organizations:
- Jones Dairy Farm (biology, marketing)
- Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (biology, physics, marketing)
- PanVera Corporation (chemistry, biology, marketing)
- Noviko (chemistry, marketing)
Campus and community involvement
UW-Whitewater has numerous student organizations that Integrated Science and Business majors are involved with here on campus. These organizations provide professional development opportunities, including networking and guest speakers, competitions against other students from around the nation, and other hands-on exercises.
- College Entrepreneurs Organization (CEO)
- American Marketing Association (AMA)
- Beta Beta Beta (Biology Honors Society)
- Society of Physics Students
- American Chemical Society Student Affiliates
- General Management Organization
Space and places: On and off campus
Continue your learning in the sciences in one of UW-Whitewater’s premier learning facilities. The building includes well-equipped multimedia classrooms, modern research laboratories, chemistry labs with new fume hoods and demonstration benches, and myriad instrumentation to support a hands-on learning environment.
Home of UW-Whitewater’s College of Business and Economics, Hyland Hall includes an innovation and business development outreach center, an applied investment center that allows real and simulated stock training, a 400-seat auditorium, and an executive boardroom. The building is located in the heart of campus near the James R. Connor University Center (student union).
What our graduates do
Careers: What can you do with an Integrated Science and Business degree?
Graduates of the Integrated Science and Business program are in high demand around the region. Here are some examples of companies where our graduates have been employed:
- Abbott Laboratories
- Kerry Savory
- Kunkel & Associates, Inc.
- Henry Schein
- UW Credit Union
- Global Treks and Adventures
- Northwestern Mutual
- Epic Resins
- GOEX Corporation
- Hengli America
- United Hospital System
- Wisconsin DNR
Sample job titles of program graduates include:
- Financial analyst
- Market manager
- Paralegal assistant
- Process manager
- Product manager
- Project manager
- Research and development manager
- Program director at private research institutes or federally funded agencies
- Technology transfer manager
- Venture capital specialist
- Account manager
- Agricultural specialist
- Business analyst
- Medical staff specialist
Integrated Science and Business majors have the unique opportunity to work with faculty from both the College of Business and Economics and the College of Letters and Sciences. They are dedicated to your development in your chosen area of science and business.
UW-Whitewater offers the following Integrated Science and Business undergraduate options:
- Bachelor of Business Administration – Integrated Science and Business | 4-year plan
- Bachelor of Science – Integrated Science and Business | 4-year plan
- Bachelor of Business Administration – Integrated Science and Business, Water emphasis | 4-year plan
- Bachelor of Science – Integrated Science and Business, Water emphasis | 4-year plan
In addition to UW-Whitewater’s general education requirements, as an Integrated Science and Business major, you’ll take a variety of core and elective classes that will vary based on your chosen emphasis. Here’s an example of classes most Integrated Science and Business majors will take:
- Intro to Integrated Science and Business
- Strategic Management
- Integrated Science and Business Senior Project
- Science-Business Internship
- Applied Calculus Survey for Business and Social Sciences
- Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
To apply, you’ll complete the UW-Whitewater standard application for admission and indicate your interest in earning a degree in Integrated Science and Business.