Why Choose to Major in Science?

The habits developed through the study of science are ones that will serve you for a lifetime.

Scientific research requires not only evidence and logic, but also honesty, creativity, patience, and openness to new ideas. The problem-solving and reasoning skills you develop, as well as an increased understanding of science, will provide a great foundation for approaching any type of work and engaging your community.

Science graduates are in demand.

  • Growth in STEM jobs is three times that of other industries
  • Indiana life science amounts to more than $4 billion in annual payroll, with starting wages twice the state average
  • More than 220 life science startups have emerged in Indiana since 2004; the largest growth industry in the state
  • Indiana has the third largest life science exports in the US
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Science Majors are Well Prepared for Professional Programs

Pre-requisites for most professional programs (i.e. medical or dental school) often favor and lean heavily toward STEM (science, math, engineering and technology) majors and many of the majors with the highest acceptance rates for law school are STEM majors.


Explore the possibilities of a science major

Biology

Biology student in School of Science, IUPUIBiology is a natural science concerned with the study of life through the observation of structure, function, reproduction, growth, origin, evolution, and behavior of living organisms and their relation to their natural environment.  Foundations of modern biology include: cell theory, evolution, genetics, homoeostasis, and energy.

IUPUI biology specialties include: bacterial pathogenesis, yeast genome, organ regeneration, biomass fuels.

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Chemistry + Chemical Biology

Chemistry is the study of the basic structural units of matter—what things are made of, what their properties are, and how they act and interact.

Chemical biology applies logic and methods from chemistry to the study of complex and challenging questions in biology. To a significant extent, interest in chemical biology has been inspired by the growth of the biotechnology industry.

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Computer + Information Science

Gavriil Tsechpenakis works with student in his labA computer science degree is not about mastering the latest software or the trendiest technology. It’s about graduating with knowledge and skills that you can build on for the rest of your life.

The science of computing is investigated from complex mathematical algorithms, through mnemonic code, translated to binary base and realized in real-world applications. In the Department of Computer and Information Science at IUPUI, applications of computer science range from biological and life sciences to software development—involving every aspect of life from homeland security to archiving cultural heritage. Here, you’ll develop and use innovative problem solving techniques to tackle the toughest technology challenges.

Computer science touches all other degrees and fields. It's at the heart of everything!

IUPUI computer science specialties include: computer security, databases and data mining, graphics and gaming, networking, and software engineering. In addition, students can complete a pre-medical/biocomputing option, which prepares students for medical school or careers in life and health sciences IT.

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Environmental Science

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary field of study that investigates the interrelationships in the modern environment of humans and natural phenomena and focuses on important modern concerns, like how our global climate is changing and how that change may affect human activities, how to maintain and improve vital natural resources like drinking water, and how to manage and balance the quality of the environment in the face of improving the quality of life in the United States and abroad.

IUPUI's program prepares students for graduate studies and for a variety of careers with emphasis on investigation of the environment by federal and state agencies, industry, and consulting firms. The program allows flexibility to accommodate the needs and interests of all students.

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Forensic + Investigative Sciences

Student in labForensic science is the application of scientific methods and processes to matters that involve crime or the public. There are many branches of forensic science because almost any science has some applications to public or criminal matters. Because forensic scientists are typically required to testify and handle evidence, extensive background checks are done on all candidates for these jobs. Use of drugs, criminal history, serious financial problems, and/or dishonesty typically would disqualify candidates from being considered for forensic science positions.

If you want to learn and study forensic science, IUPUI is the perfect place. We have nationally recognized faculty in forensic chemistry and biology supported by one of the largest medical schools and one of the top law schools in the U.S.

IUPUI is in downtown Indianapolis where the state and local crime labs, courts, state police and other law enforcement agencies are located. We have the most modern, state of the art instrumentation that you can use yourself to learn about how evidence is analyzed. You can perform cutting edge research and do an internship at a real crime laboratory and get credit for all of it. Come to IUPUI and be a part of one of the leading forensic science programs anywhere in the world.

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Geology

Lori Bebinger,  Undergraduate, Earth Science, School of ScienceGeology is the study of the planet Earth: the materials of which it is made, the processes that act upon these materials, and the history of the planet and life forms since its origin. Geology considers the physical forces acting on the earth, the chemistry of its constituent materials, and the biology of its past inhabitants. Geology also includes the study of the interrelationships in the modern environment of humans and geological phenomena and focuses on such important concerns as how our global climate is changing and how that change will affect human activities.

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Mathematical Sciences

Mathematics is one of the oldest and most fundamental sciences. Mathematics is the science of quantitative relationships using numbers and symbols. Mathematicians use mathematical theory, computational techniques, algorithms and the latest computer technology to solve economic, scientific, engineering, physics and business problems. Mathematics is usually referred to as pure (theoretical and abstract) or applied (practical problem solving).  Mathematics includes the following specialty areas:   algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, probability, and statistics.

Actuarial science deals with the analysis of financial consequences of risk.  Actuaries are highly trained professionals who are well versed in mathematical, statistical and economic techniques that enable them to evaluate financial risk of uncertain future events, especially those pertaining to health care, insurance and pension plans. 

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Neuroscience

Student in labNeuroscience is a rapidly advancing field that addresses the structure and function of the nervous system, with particular focus on intersection between the brain and behavior. Neuroscientists routinely draw on the fields of psychology, biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and computer science in their work, and that's one reason neuroscience is such an interesting and challenging field of study.

Neuroscience at IUPUI is an interdisciplinary program of the School of Science that offers students the opportunity to pursue baccalaureate degree training in cellular/molecular, computational, or behavioral neuroscience. No other program provides the cross-disciplinary research and learning environment that IUPUI offers our students.

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Physics

student in classPhysics is the study of matter and energy, from the smallest scale, as in the study of elementary particles, to the largest, as in the study of the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies. In this sense, physics is the science that underlies all other sciences.

Developments in basic physics drive technology, and technology helps physicists discover nature’s secrets.

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Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and mental processes.  The goals of psychology are to describe, explain, predict, and change behavior (observable actions) and mental processes (thoughts, feelings, memories, beliefs). In our department, we focus on four major themes throughout the undergraduate curriculum: (1) psychology is a science; (2) behavior is a function of person variables, environmental variables, and the interaction of person and environment; (3) psychology has evolved in a socio-historical context, and its major theoretical perspectives reflect this phenomenon; and (4) socio-cultural context influences how psychological concepts are understood and applied.

IUPUI psychology specialties include: psychobiology of addictions, health psychology, industrial/organizational psychology, severe mental illness, stereotyping and prejudice.

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Pre-Health Professions + Pre-Law Programs

IUPUI Pre-Dental and pre-med science students in IU School of Dentistry

At the School of Science at IUPUI, students seeking professional careers in medicine or healthcare are exposed to opportunities that no other school in the state of Indiana can offer.

Through comprehensive coursework, hands-on experience in the classroom and labs, one-on-one guidance from professors, and research and leadership opportunities in the School, five surrounding hospitals, the IU School of Medicine, IU School of Dentistry, and IU McKinney School of Law, graduates of the School of Science are well prepared for professional or graduate school and beyond!

CLASSROOM + LABORATORY LEARNING

  • Faculty and staff at the School of Science provide an environment where students at all levels can explore, discover and learn through comprehensive coursework. 
  • While the School of Science is highly accomplished in research and education, the learning environment remain small and intimate - providing 1:1 access to professors for extra learning and research opportunities
  • As early as freshman year, students in the School of Science can engage in research with faculty mentors in school and across campus. Undergraduate researchers receive financial support, gain access to advanced lab equipment, and enjoy the opportunity to work one-on-one with renowned faculty. Many students present their research at national meetings, and their findings are occasionally published in scientific journals.

PREPARATION FOR PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS

  • Many courses in the School of Science are designed to help prepare students for professional programs at both Indiana University and Purdue University. Guidance from professors and advisors ensures students are fully prepared every step of the way. 
  • Interactive learning and student engagement provide a unique environment where students become leaders by teaching others.
  • Students have access to the IU Medical School, IU Dental School, IU McKinney School of Law, and five  hospitals on IUPUI's campus for learning experiences such as internships, job shadowing, research and more.

Why choose to major in science?

  • The habits developed through the study of science are ones that will serve you for a lifetime. Scientific research requires not only evidence and logic, but also honesty, creativity, patience, and openness to new ideas. The problem-solving and reasoning skills you develop, as well as an increased understanding of science, will provide a great foundation for approaching any type of work and engaging your community. 
  • Many science undergraduate degrees are marketable to future employers even if the student chooses not to pursue professional schooling.
  • Pre-requisites for most professional programs often favor and lean heavily toward STEM (science, math, engineering and technology) majors and many of the majors with the highest acceptance rates for law school are STEM majors.

Pre-Health Professional Programs

Pre-Law Program

Pre-Professional & Pre-Health Professions Resources & Advising

While fulfilling your curriculum requirements for medical, dental or other professional schools, you can create your own undergraduate path to any of these careers and choose whatever major interests you most.  Your path is up to you. To help you find it, the School of Science provides specialized pre-professional and career advisors.

Schedule an appoint with the Science PREPs Office to:

  • Explore majors based on your interests, skills and values.
  • Plan for graduate or professional (medical, dental, pharmacy, law) school.
  • Find jobs, internships and job-shadowing programs.

Email sciencepreps@iupui.edu or call 317-274-5677.