College of Business and Economics

Integrated Science and Business

The Integrated Science and Business major is a unique program that blends a chosen area of science with courses from the general management major. Students may focus on biology, chemistry, geography, geology or physics, while courses from the management curriculum provide insight into business operations. Whether they practice in their field of science or work in managerial or strategic roles in scientific companies, graduates have the opportunity to explore numerous career paths.

Students can add a water emphasis to this major, which helps prepare graduates for careers in water research, technology and sustainability, as well as manufacturing and business operations. Water scarcity, pollution, climate change and other problematic water trends pose major challenges to businesses. Organizations are increasingly recognizing water as natural capital and scrutinizing water-related risks. 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. 

The UW-Whitewater Bachelor of Business Administration in Integrated Science and Business requires a minimum of 120 credits, including:

  • General education requirements 
  • Business requirements 
  • Major requirements 
  • Electives (to bring the total to at least 120 credits)

Information on the requirements specific to the integrated science and business major, including water business emphasis option, can be found in the Course Catalog.

Water Business is available as a minor for business students, and Sustainability Management is available as a certificate. Requirements can be found in the Course Catalog, or in the College of Business and Economics listing of minors and certificates.

Job Outlook

Career prospects for integrated science and business majors are open-ended with the potential for embarking on a number of career paths. 

UW-Whitewater Placement Information

Placement Rate1


Highlighted Employers2

Epic Resins, GOEX Corporation, Hengli America, United Hospital System, Wisconsin DNR

Common Titles2

Account Manager, Agricultural Specialist, Business Analyst, Internal Product Specialist, Medical Staff Specialist

1 Based on survey responses for 2019 - 2020 UW-Whitewater graduates
2 Self-reported data from UW-Whitewater surveys