We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions about Integrated Science. Please connect with us if you can’t find an answer to your questions on our website!
What is Integrated Science?
Integrated Science is an enriched first-year interdisciplinary program that combines biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. This program can be taken as the first year of any York Science program.
What are the benefits of Integrated Science?
Integrated Science has so many benefits for first-year science students, including: Small class size, blocked schedule, innovative and evidence-based teaching and learning methods, strong faculty connections, depth and breadth in the sciences, and preparation for health professional exams.
How do I apply to Integrated Science?
You can apply directly to Integrated Science through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre. If you have been admitted to another York Science program but have the necessary prerequisites for Integrated Science, you can request consideration by emailing isci “at” yorku.ca. Qualified students will be entered into our candidate pool. This pool will be evaluated from April 30 onwards.
What happens after Integrated Science?
After Integrated Science, you will enter the second year of any one of our York Science programs.
By taking Integrated Science, do I add an extra year to my undergraduate program?
No, Integrated Science is considered as the first year of your three- or four-year undergraduate program.
Does Integrated Science count as prerequisites for second-year courses?
Yes, you will earn two credits in each of biology, chemistry, physics, and calculus. These credits are equivalent to BIOL 1000/1001, CHEM 1000/1001, PHYS 1010, and MATH 1013/1014.
Does Integrated Science have co-op or internship options?
No, Integrated Science does not have any specific co-op or internship options. However, Integrated Science prepares you to continue in any of our programs that do have a co-op option including biochemistry, biotechnology, chemistry, environmental biology, or environmental science.
How does Integrated Science differ from the traditional science courses?
While Integrated Science addresses the same topics as traditional science courses, the entire Integrated Science curriculum is designed around the connections between disciplines. Thus, you will learn the same topics, but in a different and more logical order. Integrated Science is taught by a collaborative team of professors so that everyone is on the same page regarding what and how well you are learning in any given week. In Integrated Science, you also complete integrated, real-world mini-projects where you have to draw upon and integrate your knowledge of multiple sciences to complete the projects.
Do I get to take any electives?
Yes, you have room for one elective course if you are planning on taking a full course load. Your academic advisor can help you to select your electives.
Are the labs integrated as well?
No, you will complete the same biology, chemistry, and physics labs as the traditional science students. However, you will be in your own lab section with other Integrated Science students. On average, you can expect to have two labs per week.
Can I take Integrated Science and traditional science courses at the same time?
No, you must enroll in all four Integrated Science courses together each semester. Given that it is an integrated curriculum, it’s not possible to mix and match.
Will I be at a disadvantage if I did not take one of the sciences in Grade 12?
While all of the sciences are taught at a first-year university level, our small class size supports more individualized attention from your professors to help you learn. However, you should be prepared to work hard outside of class to learn the material well (as any student should!).