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).