Interdisciplinary Programs

Developmental Disabilities and Human Services: This specialization provides the opportunity for undergraduate psychology majors to obtain the skills needed for employment directly supporting individuals with disabilities. It is supported by the Commonwealth Department of Intellectual Disabilities.

Environmental Science: The environmental science program offers a rigorous interdisciplinary understanding of the biological and physical sciences and their application to environmental problems.

Five College Astronomy Department: A collaborative program of Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and UMass Amherst, this program links teaching and research programs at the five campuses and combines the small classes and individual attention found at small liberal arts colleges with the research opportunities and infrastructure of a large university.

Five College Coastal &, Marine Sciences Program: The program offers interdisciplinary curriculum and research opportunities in both natural and social sciences to undergraduate students enrolled in Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, or UMass Amherst.

iCons: integrated Concentration in Science: The iCons curriculum integrates scientific expertise across departments (or fields) and gives students the opportunity to work on real-world problems from day one. This new program—embedded in your major—will give you collaborative learning experiences, active scientific investigation, leadership development, and multi-disciplinary analytical skills.

International Agriculture Studies Certificate: A specialization in the International Agricultural Studies Program prepares agricultural scientists for careers involving increased production and improved distribution of world food and other biological resource products.

Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Programs: The University offers specific pre-medical and pre-dental curricula that meet all requirements necessary for application to professional schools. However, most students select a regular departmental major, such as Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, or Psychology. All students are encouraged to use the academic and career advising services provided by the Pre-Medical Advisory Committee.