Integrated Science, Business, and Technology (ISBT)

Program Description

The Integrated Science, Business, and Technology (ISBT) major leads to a bachelor's of science degree and provides a curriculum in which the study of science, technology, mathematics, business, and the liberal arts are integrated 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 multidisciplinary teams, the ISBT major aims to provide the students with a facility in the tools and processes underpinning effective team-building and project management. This major will build on La Salle's strengths by making connections between the ethical and moral dimensions as well as the scientific and business aspects of these real-world problems. An important attribute of ISBT graduates will be their ability to quickly acquire the necessary information and knowledge relevant to a specific problem.

Three areas of concentration for in-depth exploration have been chosen in consultation with the ISBT Advisory Board. They are Biotechnology (BIO), Information and Knowledge Management (IKM), and Energy and Natural Resources (ENR).

The ISBT BIO concentration will prepare students for employment in diagnostic, pharmaceutical, medical, food, agricultural, and other types of biotechnology-based companies. Courses in this concentration will provide students with experience in protein chemistry, tissue culture, microbiology, and molecular biology. The students will also gain a fundamental understanding of the regulations and procedures used by agencies that regulate the biotechnology industry. Specific regulations to be covered will include GMP, environmental issues (waste disposal, pollution, etc.), patent considerations, and biosafety.

Graduates of the ISBT IKM concentration are "Knowledge Liaisons" who facilitate the flow of information throughout the entire corporate organization. Building on a technical foundation that includes an understanding of data collection methods, database structure, system architecture, and data-mining applications, the Knowledge Liaison shepherds information among corporate divisions, departments, individuals, and the corporate knowledge repository.

The ISBT ENR concentration provides a broad understanding of energy and natural resource supply and use. Topics to be emphasized 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 will address supply chain management in terms of the use and disposal of natural resources. Energy production will be analyzed to include the consideration of the raw materials necessary for production as well as the consideration of the waste and by-products resulting from energy production. The technical and economic aspects and the human benefits resulting from this area will be studied.

Why take this major?

Within the Integrated Science, Business, and Technology (ISBT) Program, our faculty and staff are committed to providing students with a liberal arts education that promotes their discovery of the ethical, moral, scientific, and business aspects of real-world problems. The ISBT program challenges the student to manage complex projects and communicate effectively in a collaobrative team environment that offers:

State-of-the-Art Equipment and Laboratory Spaces

You will be able to learn in spaces that are created just for you, including modern lab spaces and our Innovation Factory where you have access to 3D printers and maker tools.

A Well-Rounded Education

The ISBT program supplements La Salle's liberal and value-based education with interdisciplinary science, technology, and business areas, ensuring your education is never in-the-box.

An Early Immersion into Key Content

ISBT majors share a common experience the first two years with a focus on the foundational concepts of physics, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and the life sciences, as well as the organizational concepts of collaboration, project management, business analysis, and system dynamics.

An Opportunity to Perform Research

ISBT majors take part in a two-semester sequence of the SEA-PHAGES program, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute sponsored research experience where students isolate and characterize bacterial viruses in soil samples. Student research is frequently included in large, peer-reviewed scientific journals and can form the basis of future Capstone projects.

One-on-One Attention

With an average class size of 22 students, you receive individualized attention that enables you to explore your interests and customize your career interest.

Pursuit of Interships and Co-Operative Experiences

Students majoring in ISBT have established a strong record of having successful co-operative and internship positions. Many complete internships while taking courses part-time or during the summer semester break, while others complete paid six-month co-ops. Students can take internships and co-ops for academic credit; and while not required, ISBT faculty encourage students to seek and participate in them.

The following are some of the organizations where ISBT majors have found these opportunities:

  • Anexinet Corporation
  • AstraZeneca U.S.
  • Bio-Imaging Technologies, Inc.
  • BioSyn, Inc.
  • Fisher Clinical Services, Inc.
  • IBS Communications, Inc.
  • Johnson & Johnson, McNeil Consumer Health Care
  • Johnson & Johnson, McNeil Consumer and Specialty Pharmaceuticals
  • Keystone Foods, LLC
  • Musco Family Olive Co.
  • NuPathe, Inc.
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Career Preparation

ISBT Graduates enjoy successful careers covering a variety of fields with some of the biggest names in the country, including:

  • Leadership Development Program, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Operations Manager, Delta Geophisics, Inc.
  • Global Marketing Senior Manager, Ethicon, Inc.
  • Research Service Analyst, Consumer Health Sciences
  • Systems Analyst, Robert Kohler Company
  • Senior IT Manager, Johnson & Johnson
  • Energy/Marine Underwriter, Navigators Group
  • Global Market Access Analyst, Merck & Co., Inc.
  • Principle Cybersecurity Engineer, CA Technologies
  • Manufacturing Associate, Tengion
  • Research Support Specialist, Stony Brook University
  • Director of Brewing Operations, Two Roads Brewing Company
  • Merchant Program in Pharmacy, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
  • Scientist, GlaxoSmithKline
  • Sr. Procurement Analyst, Sunoco, Inc.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Manage complex projects
  • Communicate effectively
  • Have familiarity with team-building, collaborative teamwork, and project management
  • Demonstrate hands-on scientific knowledge
  • Demonstrate hands-on business knowledge
  • Demonstrate hands-on technical knowledge
  • Demonstrate active leadership

Program Contact Information

William Weaver

Chair

Holroyd Hall 243

weaver@lasalle.edu

(215) 951-1628

Degree Earned

B.S.

Number of Courses Required for Graduation

Major: 19 Courses: 15 ISBT Core and 4 Concentration

Total: 38

Number of Credits Required for Graduation

Major: 66-70

Total: 120 minimum

GPA Required for Graduation

Major: 2.0

Cumulative: 2.0

Progress Chart

Level One - Core Courses

12 courses and 2 modules required

Universal Required Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete the following 4 courses.

ILO 8.1: Written Communication

ENG 110 - College Writing I: Persuasion

ILO 5.1: Information Literacy

ENG 210 - College Writing II: Research

ILO 1.1: Understanding Diverse Perspectives

FYS 130 - First-Year Academic Seminar **

NOTE. The following students use Level 2 Capstone Experience in Major instead of FYS 130: Honors, BUSCA, Core-to-Core, Transfer, and Non-Traditional/Evening.

ILO 2.1: Reflective Thinking and Valuing

REL 100 - Religion Matters

Elective Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs.

ILO 3.1a: Scientific Reasoning

ISBT 103 - Scientific Discovery: Phage Hunting I

ILO 3.1b: Quantitative Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 6.1: Technological Competency

Choose course within ILO

ILO 8.1a/12.1: Oral Communication/ Collaborative Engagement

Choose course within ILO

Distinct Discipline Core Courses (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course in each of the following 4 ILOs. Each course must be from a different discipline. (A "discipline" is represented by the 3- or 4-letter prefix attached to each course.)

ILO 4.1: Critical Analysis and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 9.1: Creative and Artistic Expression

Choose course within ILO

ILO 10.1: Ethical Understanding and Reasoning

Choose course within ILO

ILO 11.1: Cultural and Global Awareness and Sensitivity

Choose course within ILO

Universal Required Modules (2 Courses)

Students must complete the following 2 non-credit modules.
The Modules are not required for Transfer Students, Core-to-Core Students, or BUSCA Students. BUSCA students are required to take modules if/when they pursue a bachelor’s degree.

ILO 7.1a

Health Literacy Module

ILO 7.1b

Financial Literacy Module

Major Requirements

Major requirements include 4 Level Two ILO requirements, fulfilled through the major.

Students in this major must complete 38 courses in total in order to graduate. 19 Courses: 15 ISBT Core and 4 Concentration courses will be from this major program.

Level Two (4 Courses)

Students must complete 1 course/learning experience in each of the 4 commitments.

ILO 2.2: Broader Identity (Capstone Course/Experience)

Fulfilled within major

Choose one ILO from 3.2a, 3.2b, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2, 7.2a, or 7.2b: Expanded Literacies

Fulfilled within major

ILO 8.2b: Effective Expression (Writing-Intensive Course)

Fulfilled within major

Choose on ILO from 10.2, 11.2, or 12.2: Active Responsibility

Fulfilled within major

All Other Required Courses

ISBT 104 - Scientific Discovery: Phage Hunting I
ISBT 111 - Technology and Systems Analysis
ISBT 112 - Technology Foundations I: Processes
ISBT 201 - Living Systems II
ISBT 202 - Technology and Business Analysis
ISBT 211 - Instrumentation and Measurement
ISBT 212 - Technology and Foundations II: Processes
ISBT 311 - Bioinformatics
ISBT 312 - Collaborative Software Development
ISBT 331 - Science, Business and Technology Writing
ISBT 422 -Sustainable Energy Development 
ISBT 481 - Capstone Experience I
ISBT 482 - Capstone Experience II
BUS 100 - Business Perspectives
4 Concentration courses

Concentrations

Students must take 4 ISBT elective courses within one of three concentrations: Biotechnology, Energy and Natural Resources, or Information and Knowledge Management.

Free Electives

In addition to the requirements listed above, students must take enough courses to the fulfill graduation credit requirements for their School and major.

Minor Requirements

Six courses are required for the ISBT minor chosen in consultation with the Chair. Normally these will include two courses at the 100-level, two at the 200-level, and two at the 300-400-level, 22-24 credits.

Two from ISBT 103, 104, 111, 112

Two from ISBT 201, 202, 211, 212

Two from ISBT 301, 302, 401, 47x, 311, 312, 411, 412, 321, 322, 421, 422

Fall Freshmen

ISBT 103

ISBT 112

Electives

Spring Freshmen

ISBT 104

ISBT 111

BUS 100

Electives

Fall Sophomore

ISBT 201

ISBT 211

Electives

Spring Sophomore

ISBT 202

ISBT 212

Electives

Fall Junior

ISBT 312

ISBT 331

1 ISBT Elective* course

Electives

Spring Junior

ISBT 311

ISBT 422

1 ISBT Elective* courses

Electives

Fall Senior

ISBT 481

1-2 ISBT Elective* courses

Electives

Spring Senior

ISBT 482

1-2 ISBT Elective* courses

Electives

*A total of 6 ISBT concentration courses are required.

Course Descriptions

ISBT 103 - Scientific Discovery: Phage Hunting I

This course is designed to teach students how to do scientific research. It is the first semester of a year-long research-based project lab course in which students will participate in a nation-wide program in collaboration with undergraduates at other colleges. Students will isolate and characterize novel bacteriophages (viruses that infect bacteria) from the environment using modern molecular biology techniques.

Number of Credits: 4

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

ILO Met: ILO 3.1.a - Scientific Reasoning

ISBT 104 - Scientific Discovery: Phage Hunting II

This is the second semester ("Phage 2") of a year-long research-based project lab course in which students will participate in a nationwide program in collaboration with undergraduates at other colleges. Students will describe the basic genome structure. This will involve mastering the strategies and computer programs required to predict where genes are located in the genome and annotating the function of those genes. These results will be presented for peer-review and will likely result in a scientific publication for the student.

Number of Credits: 4

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

ISBT 111 - Technology and Systems Analysis

This course will introduce students to the field of systems analysis and to the broad spectrum of technologies that are integrated into the design, construction, and operation of a high-tech electronic commercial product. The product will be disassembled into its simplest parts followed by an analysis of the form, function, and fundamental physical-sciencebasis of each component. Using laboratory computers, equipment, and software tools, students will assemble the components into a working prototype of the commercial product.

Number of Credits: 4

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

ILO Met: ILO 3.1.a - Scientific Reasoning

ISBT 112 - Technology Foundations I: Processes

This course will examine the fundamental physical processes utilized by a wide range of technologies. Topics include kinematics, force, work, energy, momentum, and thermodynamics. The mathematical concepts used to describe these topics will be introduced along with their applications. The course will be laboratory-intensive with handson group learning experiences. Upon completion of this course, students will be comfortable in a physical science laboratory.

Number of Credits: 4

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

ISBT 201 - Living Systems II

This course will examine specific concepts and practices underlying biology, chemistry, and environmental science, with forensics providing an over-arching theme. Students will spend most of their time in the laboratory learning the skills and procedures that are essential in the technological practice of these sciences. Students will work in teams and practice hands-on problem solving.

Number of Credits: 4

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: ISBT 103

ISBT 202 - Technology and Business Analysis

This course will continue the student's exploration of existing technologies and the process of commercialization. Students, working in teams, will create companies and analyze three different technologies as if their companies were creating and developing those technologies. Specifically, the students will need to demonstrate the science of the technology in the laboratory, define the need, analyze the sales and marketing plan, understand the moral and ethical implication, and calculate costs and profitability. The students will assess the business-state of the technology and recommend directions in which the technology should expand. Each team will be required to prepare both written and oral presentations.

Teams will be required to select a technology from each of the ISBT areas of concentration, i.e., (biotechnology, energy and natural resources, and information and knowledge management.) Analysis of a technology from each of the areas will prepare students to choose their area of concentration.

Number of Credits: 4

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: ISBT 111 and BUS 100

ISBT 211 - Instrumentation and Measurement

This course will examine the acquisition of data through an analysis of measurement transducers, instrument design, and computer data-acquisition and interfacing. The descriptive statistics and data-visualization techniques required to transform raw data into useful information will be investigated in a laboratory setting. The incorporation of multiple measurements into process-level monitoring and control systems will be studied with respect to the various commercially available intelligent instruments, industrial network architectures, and information control systems.

Number of Credits: 4

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: ISBT 111 and ISBT 112

ISBT 212 - Technology Foundations II: Materials

This course will examine the materials utilized in machines, devices, and consumer products. The study of metals, polymers, ceramics, adhesives, coatings, fuels, and lubricants is combined with the exploration of mechanical and nondestructive materials testing in a hands-on laboratory environment. In addition the sources of raw materials, production methods, markets, costs, and waste products of each type of material are evaluated.

Number of Credits: 4

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

ISBT 301 - Methods in Biotechnology

This course will provide a hands-on introduction to biotechnology. Throughout the semester the student will learn many of the techniques routinely used in molecular biology and biotechnology. The majority of the time will be spent in the laboratory. Upon completion of the course, the student should have sufficient fundamental knowledge of molecular biology and biotechnology to be able to function in a biotechnology laboratory.

Number of Credits: 4

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: ISBT 201

ISBT 302 - Tissue Culture

This course will provide the student with a hands-on introduction to cell culture. Throughout the semester, the student will learn techniques for handling, storing, growing, and manipulating cells in culture. The majority of the time will be spent in the laboratory practicing these techniques. Upon completion of the course, the student should have sufficient fundamental knowledge of cell culture to be able to function in a cell culture laboratory.

Number of Credits: 4

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: ISBT 201

ISBT 311 - Bioinformatics

This course examines current biological problems and explore and develop bioinformatic solutions to these issues. Each topic includes a definition of the problem, a review of the basic biological concepts involved, an introduction to the computational techniques used to address the problem along with a utilization of existing web-based tools and software solutions often employed by professionals in the field of bioinformatics. Biological topics include those such as antibiotic resistance, genetic disease, and genome sequencing.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

ISBT 312 - Collaborative Software Development

This course will introduce students to the tenets of collaborative software development. As commercial and professional applications are developed by a group of software engineers rather than individuals, this course will examine various methods of project management and specifically utilize Agile project management. Working applications will be developed throughout the course.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: ISBT 111

ISBT 321 - Fundamentals of Energy and Natural Resources

This course will cover the fundamental concepts from chemistry, physics, and engineering within the context of energy applications. This includes the principles governing energy transformations, transport, and conversion, including the laws of thermodynamics, the study of heat, and chemical and nuclear reactions. We look at the way we use our natural resources to obtain energy. In addition to basic principles, we also use current events, policy making, and the media's treatment of issues surrounding our use of natural resources to put these principles in context.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: ISBT 212

ISBT 322 - Role of Energy and Natural Resources in Modern Society

This course will provide a fairly comprehensive overview of available energy resources both domestically and internationally. This course will be taught by a professional in the field and will draw upon the instructor's own experiences.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

ISBT 333 - Entrepreneurship and High-Tech Business I

This course will direct the student through the many steps required to take a concept from business start-up, through invention and development to commercialization. The students will learn through two pathways, studying cases and through their own creative efforts. Time will be spent tracing the history of high tech start-ups, both those that have survived and those that did not. In parallel, the students will be required to simulate their own companies.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: BUS 100

ISBT 334 - Entrepreneurship and High-Tech Business II

This course is an optional follow on to ISBT 333. It is aimed at students that have a business idea that they are ready to take to the next level. In this course, students will take the business plan they wrote for ISBT 333 and find and include the detail needed to start the business. Students will design and participate in feasibility studies, technology demonstrations, market surveys, solicitation of funds, and due diligence.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: ISBT 333

ISBT 350, 450 - Cooperative Education I, II

This expeirences involves full-time, paid assignment in a cooperating firm, and involves job-related learning under faculty and on-site supervision. Students will meet regularly with a faculty member and will be encouraged to reflect on the relationship between course work and their co-op experience. Position is arranged through the director.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: Junior or Senior Standing, Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0, and approval of Chair

ISBT 360, 460 - ISBT Internship I, II

This experience is normally part-time or summer employment in a cooperating site to provide practical experience. Working under professional supervision, students will learn how to apply their education to everyday demands of the world of work. Students will meet regularly with a faculty member and will be encouraged to reflect on the relationship between course work and their internship experience.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: Junior or Senior Status, Minimum G.P.A. of 3.0, and Approval of Chair

ISBT 401 - Bioprocessing

This course will provide the student with a hands-on introduction to bioprocessing. Throughout the semester, the student will learn how to set up, maintain, and operate bioreactors. Along with the operation of the equipment, she will need to learn and understand the growth requirements for the organisms she chooses to grow and the specific requirements for the product she wishes the organisms to generate. The majority of the time will be spent in the laboratory practicing these techniques. Upon completion of the course, the student should have sufficient fundamental knowledge to be able to run a small-scale bioreactor.

Number of Credits: 4

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: ISBT 201

ISBT 411 - Intelligent Systems

This course presents a systematic introduction to the fundamentals of computational intelligence, including in-depth examination of artificial neural networks, evolutionary computing, swarm intelligence, and fuzzy systems. Computational intelligence is the study of adaptive mechanisms to enable or facilitate intelligent behavior in complex and changing environments. Specific environments examined will include Laboratory Automation, Automated Process Control, Robotics, and Business Decision Support.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

ISBT 412 - Knowledge Discovery

This course will introduce students to the Knowledge Discovery process with special concentration on the various concepts and algorithms of Data Mining. Specific topics include an examination of Online Analytical Processing (OLAP), data warehousing, information retrieval, and machine learning. The core concepts of classification, clustering, association rules, prediction, regression, and pattern matching are followed by a discussion of advanced topics such as mining temporal data, spatial data, and Web mining. This course will incorporate the algorithms examined in ISBT 411—Intelligent Systems—and will emphasize the importance of Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining in research, product development, and production facilities.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Prerequisites: ISBT 411

ISBT 421 - Natural Resource Management

This course will cover natural resource use, conservation, and management. We begin by discussing renewable energy sources, contrasting their use with the use of non-renewable sources. We then discuss some of our other natural resources, such as water, forests, minerals, and the atmosphere. In addition to basic principles, we also use current events, policy making, and the media's treatment of issues surrounding our use of natural resources to put these principles in context.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

ISBT 422 - Sustainable Energy Development

This course covers the topic of sustainability as it relates to our use of our natural resources. We discuss the philosophy, economics, implementation, public and government involvement in this area, the reality and the future of sustainability. We also use current events, policy making, and the media's treatment of issues surrounding our use of natural resources to put these principles in context.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face

ISBT 431 - Regulatory Affairs

In this course, we discuss the history, issues, roles, and future trends of the U.S. agencies such as the FDA, EPA, and OSHA that are responsible for administering the major laws and regulations pertaining to the life cycle of products in commerce. Emphasis is on understanding the impacts of environmental, health, safety (EHS), and product laws and regulations with which most businesses have to comply. All of the major EHS Acts are presented and case studies, practical exercises, and team group work are used to discover the business impact.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall

How Offered: Face-to-Face

Restrictions: ISBT Junior Standing

ISBT 481-482 - Capstone Experience I, II

As an extension of a student's concentration, individual students or teams of students will work on a real-world problem designed by the student or team. The project will culminate in the student's formal presentation of results and conclusions both orally and in written form.

Number of Credits: 3

When Offered: Fall, Spring

How Offered: Face-to-Face