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The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Integrated Sciences and Math (ISM) is designed primarily as a second major for students in the CLAES School of Education interested in teaching science or math at the middle school level. The program is tailored to meet the New Jersey certification requirements for middle school science or math teachers and to facilitate the timely completion of the dual graduation requirements for education majors in the School of Education and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This program is not designed to prepare students for further study in science or math disciplines at the graduate or professional level, or to teach science or math at the high school level.

Although placed in GEMS for administrative purposes, the Integrated Sciences and Math major is truly interdisciplinary in nature, both in its curriculum and faculty. ISM Faculty Advisors are Dr. Jonathan Husch (GEMS Chair), Dr. Sylvia Bulgar (Teacher Education; education advisor to ISM majors with a Mathematics concentration), Dr. Alex Grushow (Chemistry and Physics Chair; advisor to ISM majors with a Physical Sciences concentration), Dr. Peter Hester (Teacher Education; education advisor to ISM majors with an Earth, Life, or Physical Sciences concentration), Dr. Jonathan Karp (Biology; advisor to ISM majors with a Life Sciences concentration), Dr. Charles Schwartz (Mathematics Chair; advisor to ISM majors with a Mathematics concentration), and Dr. Reed Schwimmer (GEMS; advisor to ISM majors with an Earth Sciences concentration).

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the following requirements for the Integrated Sciences and Math Major may be satisfied by taking similar coursework through Rider Approved Study Abroad Programs. Please contact your academic advisor, the GEMS department chair, and/or Rider's Center for International Education (CIE) for further information.

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 49-51 (In addition to CLAES core requirements)

1MAR-380/580, The Learning and Teaching of marine sciences, is taught on a rotating basis during the Summer I or Summer II terms. MAR-580 can be used for graduate credit.


Graduation with Honors in Integrated Sciences and Math is awarded in recognition of majors who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in the program is by invitation of the GEMS faculty. Eligibility requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.5 in courses required for the major and the satisfactory completion of a three- or four-credit Independent Research and Study course. In addition, an honors candidate must maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0.