The Integrated Science, Business, and Technology (ISBT) major provides a curriculum that integrates the study of science, technology, mathematics, business, and the liberal arts to develop a graduate who is uniquely qualified to take an active leadership role in arriving at scientifically- and economically- informed solutions to real-world problems. Because effective solutions to complex real-world problems require interdisciplinary teams, the major aims to provide students with a facility to use the tools and processes of team-building and project management. This major builds on La Salle’s strengths by making connections among the ethical and moral dimensions as well as the scientific and business aspects of these real-world problems. An important attribute of ISBT graduates is their ability to acquire quickly the necessary information and knowledge relevant to a specific problem context.
ISBT majors concentrate on one of two areas for in-depth exploration: Biotechnology (BIO) or Energy and Natural Resources (ENR).
The Biotechnology concentration prepares students for employment in diagnostic, pharmaceutical, medical, food, agricultural, and other types of biotechnology-based companies. Courses in this concentration provide students with experience in protein chemistry, tissue culture, microbiology, and molecular biology. They gain a fundamental understanding of the regulations and procedures used by agencies that regulate the biotechnology industry. They learn specific regulations that include GMP, environmental issues (e.g., waste disposal and pollution), patent considerations, and biosafety.
The Energy and Natural Resources (ENR) concentration prepares students for employment in the energy, utility, materials, and resource management sectors. Topics include sustainable energy development, efficiency, natural resource management, environmental concerns, related government policy, risk assessment, and the effect of deregulation on the energy industry. This area of study addresses supply chain management in terms of the use and disposal of natural resources. Students consider the raw materials necessary for energy production as well as the waste and by-products resulting from it. They also study the technical and economic aspects and the human benefits resulting from this area.