The Integrated Science-Business Major (ISBM) combines the disciplines of science and business into an interdisciplinary program. Historically, graduate programs have been the domain for combining science and business and programs are well established at a number of schools but students with the B.S./MBA dual degree generally enter middle management after several years of industry experience. The focus of an integrated science-business undergraduate program is to develop integrated thinking from the initial stages of education and produce skilled graduates that are highly effective in entry-level positions requiring skills in both science and business. The ISBM provides a strong foundation in the sciences (32 credits) as well as a basic background in business (33 credits). At the end of the program, three capstone courses serve to link the science and business knowledge and prepare students for subsequent employment.
ISBM graduates will know more about business and management issues than a typical science or engineering graduate, and have a broader understanding of science and technology than most business majors. In the long term, the ISBM prepares students for careers as managers operating in technology-based industries. As a graduate of Whitewater's ISBM program you might work as a manager in charge of product or service planning in a science-based company, a director of research and development (R&D), a program director at a private research institute or federally funded agency, a science investment consultant to a bank or trust company, or in a law, accountancy, or business consulting firm whose clients are science-based companies.Services to these clients could well go into the areas such as intellectual property, high-tech stocks and mutual funds, venture capital, and economic forecasting. Today, technology impacts almost every aspect of society. In order to join tomorrow's workforce, graduates need to be versatile and adaptable. Managerial positions in technology-oriented industries require the integration and understanding of relevant scientific principles with basic management skills. The ISBM is designed to equip students to compete and prosper in the new technology-intensive, global marketplace.
The College of Business and Economics is fully accredited by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business. The College of Letters and Sciences and the College of Business and Economics are both wholly accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Program faculty are derived from both the College of Letters and Sciences and the College of Business and Economics. The departments/programs specifically included in the Integrated Science and Business major are Accounting, Biological Sciences, Business Education/Office Systems, Chemistry, Economics, Finance and Business Law, Geology, Management, Marketing, and Physics.
A well-rounded college preparatory program in high school is appropriate for a prospective ISBM major. Advanced science, mathematics, computing, and business courses are a plus but not required. Writing, communication and leadership skills are extremely important. Through advanced placement, students with a strong background in science or business areas may be eligible for college credits by successful completion of subject exams (e.g., CLEP, CEEB, etc.).
While this program is new, informal surveys of industry and regular contacts with industry representatives, including our industrial advisory board, clearly indicate prospective employers are enthusiastic about the program and would likely hire its graduates. Recent graduates are employed at companies including Abbott Laboratories, Kerry Savory and Covance.
There are numerous student organizations, most with national affiliations, in both the science and business disciplines, including the Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization, the American Marketing Association, Beta Beta Beta (Biological Honors Society), Society of Physics Students, American Chemical Society Student Affiliates, and General Management Organization.
Students completing the Integrated Science/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. It is increasingly clear that the era of cheap and easy access to water is ending, creating perhaps a greater threat to businesses than the loss of any other natural resource, including fossil fuel resources.
Over the past decade, the business sector has discovered water as both a startling vulnerability and an untapped opportunity. Business, through the production of goods and services, impacts water resources directly and through supply chains. Organizations are increasingly recognizing water as natural capital and scrutinizing water-related risks to business. Understanding how businesses use water, what the costs are and how to reduce them, and where the value in water is and how to preserve it are increasingly desired skills. As the amount of clean, usable water deteriorates and the demand for environmentally conscientious companies increases, the value of business professionals who have an understanding of science increases. The state of Wisconsin is also known for its water-related manufacturing and research. What better place to access regional opportunities in business and science? If your interest is especially related to the water aspects of the major, Dr. Dennis Kopf (firstname.lastname@example.org) along with Dr. John Ejnik will be a good resource for you. The water emphasis prepares you for a variety of careers, including those in:
A new generation of companies involved in researching, designing, and producing innovative products - such as new pharmaceuticals and chemicals, electronic devices, biotechnology, agribusiness, environmental protection, electronics, computers, production automation, petrochemicals, food technology, and communications systems have created a demand for university graduates with both scientific expertise and business training. In such markets, particularly where the technology changes rapidly and competition is relentless, companies benefit from research scientists and business managers who share a mutual understanding of costs, consumer demands, and knowledge of the basic science underlying innovative products.
The focus of an integrated science-business undergraduate program is to develop integrated thinking from the initial stages of education and produce skilled graduates that are highly effective in entry-level positions requiring skills in both science and business.
The College of Business and Economics has a well-established and successful national and international internship program. The College of Letters and Sciences program is newer but has been growing rapidly. Recent internships have been at Jones Dairy Farm (consumer meat products; Biology/Marketing), Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (discovery evaluation/patenting/market evaluation; Biology/Physics/Marketing), PanVera Corporation (proteins and assays for drug discovery; Chemistry/Biology/Marketing), Noviko (pharmaceuticals for pets; Chemistry/Marketing).
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