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Integrated Sciences

Integrated Sciences at Fulbright

The Integrated Sciences major is a single, comprehensive program comprising a variety of fields, including Biology, Chemistry, and Environmental Science. Today’s most urgent scientific problems – from climate change to public health – require an integrated approach. Introducing multiple pathways in the natural science and emphasizing real-world experience, the Integrated Sciences major prepares students for careers as responsible and innovative scientific leaders and to seek interconnected solutions informed by several scientific disciplines. Students in the Integrated Sciences major will practice interdisciplinary and research-based approaches to scientific discovery, while also pursuing a specific concentration within the natural sciences: (1) Environmental Science and Sustainability, or (2) Biology and Health Science. The Integrated Sciences major provides a strong foundation for a career in industry as well as future graduate study.


Welcome to the Integrated Sciences Major at Fulbright!

Integrated Sciences is a single major combining different disciplines in the natural sciences into a cohesive program. We hope to make the most out of the shared principles and interconnected foundation among the sciences, while also delving into certain disciplines for more advanced learning and research. Learning takes an interdisciplinary, project-based approach which combines various methods such as computational studies, laboratory experiments, and fieldwork. With our dedicated and evolving team, and close working relationships between students, faculty, and staff, we aim to develop Integrated Sciences to nurture capable, independent science graduates. Placed within the liberal arts environment of FUV, Integrated Sciences major equips students with the broad mindsets and the strong skills to bring science to life, have fulfilling careers, and contribute to the betterment of society.

Dr. Nguyen Thi Trang

For more information about the Integrated Sciences major, please contact our Major coordinator at

Academic spotlight

IS Student Ho Bao Tran has won 2nd prize in the “One health contest 2023” with the proposal “D-limonene extracts in Limnophila aromatica, and its effect on relieving kidney stone formation in oriental medicine”. “One health contest 2023” is a biomedical research contest organized by the Research Center for Infectious Diseases at International University, VNU-HCMC with participations from various schools and universities in Ho Chi Minh City. After 2 rounds of selection and a fascinating final round on September 15, 2023 with careful assessment by the judging top experts in the field, the winning projects have been identify. Learn more here
Integrated Sciences Students (Minh Hieu and Phuc An) featured as authors, including first author, on research article about organic semiconductors titled “Quantum Chemistry–Machine Learning Approach for Predicting Properties of Lewis Acid–Lewis Base Adducts” which was published in international journal ACS Omega. Visit publisher’s site
Summer Internship: 3 IS students accepted to summer research internship in Japan at Japan national institutes for natural sciences: NIPS (National Institute for Physiological Sciences), NIG (National Institute of Genetics), and NIBB (National Institute for Basic Biology) in summer 2023.
In April 2023, students from Fulbright University Vietnam competed for the first time in two popular academic arenas across the country: the 29th National Mathematical Olympiad and the 11th National Chemistry Olympiad for Students. Fulbrighters showcase their can-do spirit in the National Olympiads See more
IS First public capstone defense on 12 May 2023, with the presence of and Q&A from faculty and students. Two graduating students (Nguyen Phuc An and Huynh Tam Minh Hieu) successfully defended their research project and received congratulations from faculty and fellow students.
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Degree Requirements

A Bachelor of Science in Integrated Sciences is awarded following the successful completion of:

General education:

  • 5 Core courses (20 credits) and 8 Exploratory courses (32 credits), of which up to two Exploratory courses (8 credits) can be counted towards the major.
  • Experiential Learning (4 – 12 credits).

Regular Major Requirements:

  • 2 Required foundation courses: General Chemistry, and Introductory Biology (8 credits).
  • 1 Required seminar course: Integrated Sciences Advanced Seminar (4 credits).
  • 2 Math and Computer Science courses (8 credits).
  • 5 Applied Integrated Sciences courses (20 credits) including at least three 300-level courses.
  • Capstone I and Capstone II (8 credits) for Honors program OR
  • 2 applied Integrated Sciences courses (8 credits), including at least one 300-level course.
  • Electives courses (16 – 24 credits).


Integrated Sciences major consists of 2 main concentrations:

  • Environmental Science and Sustainability
  • Biology and Health Science

These concentrations share the same degree requirements as outlined, only applied courses are different. Certain applied courses fit both concentrations.

Sample Student Journey:

Year 1
  • Core Courses
  • Exploratory Courses
Year 2
  • Core Courses
  • Exploratory Courses
  • Introductory Biology
  • General Chemistry
  • Introductory Statistics
Year 3
  • Introductory Programing
  • IS Advanced Seminars
  • Applied IS Courses
  • Elective Courses
  • Experiential Learning
Year 4
  • Applied IS Courses
  • Elective Courses
  • Capstone I
  • Capstone II

Minor Requirements

A total of six courses are required, with some flexibility to allow students to design a minor that best supports their major or career goals. Students are required to take:

  • General Chemistry (4 credits)
  • Introductory Biology (4 credits)
  • Introductory Statistics OR Introductory Programming (4 credits)
  • 3 Applied IS courses (12 credits), with at least two 300-level courses.

Requirements for Declaring the Integrated Sciences Major and Minor

To declare Major or Minor in Integrated Sciences, students need to complete:

  • All Core and Exploratory Courses
  • At least one of the two required foundational IS courses (General Chemistry or Introductory Biology).

Graduation with Honors Requirements

  • Students must complete Capstone I and Capstone II
  • The Capstone must be graded as Honors pass

Sample course list

Required foundation IS courses: These courses provide the fundamental knowledge of Chemistry, Biology, and certain topics of Physics. They serve as foundation for more advanced courses in Integrated Sciences major. There are 2 required 100-level IS courses:

  • General Chemistry
  • Introductory Biology

Statistics and Computing courses: Mathematical and computational foundations are integral in learning and doing sciences in this era. Therefore, Integrated Sciences students are required to complete one course in Statistics and one course in Programming. Any 100-level and 200-level course related to Statistics and Programming can be taken to fulfill this requirement.
Sample courses for Introductory Statistics requirement:

  • Introduction to Data Analysis
  • Probability and Statistics

Sample courses for Introductory Programming requirement:

  • Computer Science I: Introduction to Programming
  • Computer Science 2: Data Structures
  • Algorithm Design and Analysis

Applied IS courses: These courses form the core of the IS major. They develop the knowledge and skills relevant to the two concentrations in increasing levels of depth: foundational (100-level), intermediate (200-level) and advanced (300-level). If students do Capstone, they will need 5 applied courses, including at least three 300-level courses. If students do not do Capstone, they will need 7 applied courses, including at least four 300-level courses. Note that 3 required courses (General Chemistry, Introductory Biology, Integrated Sciences Advanced Seminars) do NOT count toward this requirement.

ConcentrateEnvironmental Science and SustainabilityBiology and Health Science
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Sustainable Development: Science and Industries
  • Energy in Daily Life
  • Research method and statistics
  • DNA
  • Materials that shape our world
  • Organismal Diversity and Evolution
  • Climate and water
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Cell Biology
  • Introduction to Bioinformatics
  • Biology of Infectious Diseases
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Advanced Analytical Techniques
  • Environmental Microbiology
    Ecosystem modeling
  • Materials for the Green Transition
  • Human Physiology
  • Medical Biochemistry
  • Human Genetics and Genomics
  • Immunology

Note: certain courses can be applied to both concentrations

  • Research seminar: The course “Integrated Sciences Advanced Seminars” is a requirement of IS major. It provides an advanced treatment of Integrated Science through lectures, seminars, and peer learning, with talks from not only FUV faculty but also invited speakers. Students learn and practice skills such as literature review, writing proposal, and presentation, which are essential to scientists and helpful in preparation for the Capstone.
  • Capstone: while optional, doing Capstone is highly recommended in IS major. This takes the form of a year-long research project in the last year of study. It is separated into Capstone I & II (4 credits each). Students need to apply and get faculty approval to do Capstone. The outcome is usually a scientific research report accompanied by an oral defense.
  • dropdown dot Foundation IS Courses (2 required)

    Foundation IS Courses:

    • General Chemistry
    • Introductory Biology
  • dropdown dot Math and Computing Courses (one each for total of 2 required)

    Math and Computing Courses:

    Sample courses for Introductory Statistics requirement:

    • Introduction to Data Analysis
    • Probability and Statistics

    Sample courses for Introductory Programming requirement:

    • Computer Science I: Introduction to Programming
    • Computer Science 2: Data Structures
    • Algorithm Design and Analysis
  • dropdown dot IS Advanced Seminar (1 required)
  • dropdown dot Capstone I & Capstone II (2 required)**


    In order to graduate with Honors, students must:

    • Do a Capstone
    • The Capstone must pass at Honor level
  • dropdown dot Applied Courses (7 required)*

    Applied Courses:

    • (at least four courses at 300-level)*
    • (at least three courses at 300-level)**

    Environmental Science and Sustainability:

    • Environmental Sciences (100-level)
    • Sustainable Development: Science and Industries (100-level)
    • Energy in Daily Life (100-level)
    • Materials that shape our world (200-level)
    • Organismal Diversity and Evolution (200-level)
    • Climate and water (200-level)
    • Environmental Chemistry (200-level)
    • Advanced Analytical Techniques (300-level)
    • Environmental Microbiology (300-level)
    • Ecosystem modeling (300-level)
    • Materials for the Green Transition (300-level)

    Biology and Health Science:

    • Research method and statistics (100-level)
    • DNA (100-level)
    • Cell Biology (200-level)
    • Introduction to Bioinformatics (200-level)
    • Biology of Infectious Diseases (200-level)
    • Organic Chemistry (200-level)
    • Human Physiology (300-level)
    • Medical Biochemistry (300-level)
    • Human Genetics and Genomics (300-level)
    • Immunology (300-level)
  • dropdown dot Applied Courses (5 required)**

*Regular major requirements
**Major with Honor requirements

Meet our faculty

Our faculty combines global experience and local insight, driving our commitment to providing you with academic excellence.

Featured faculty

My research interest focuses on the physiological roles of protein - Transient receptor potential (TRP) and other ion channels in normal and pathological conditions. Not only TRP channels, I am also passionate about cell signaling in health and diseases that can provide us with the understanding to answer questions such as who we are, how we live, and, eventually, how we die. As a researcher, I have enjoyed science daily in many aspects, regardless of the many challenges of doing science. A German physiologist – Dr. Bert Sakmann, who shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Erwin Neher in 1991 for their work on "the function of single ion channels in cells," said: "From a more general view of life, in my opinion a good life is one in which you have something to think about that gives you the opportunity to follow your curiosity and possibly discover something new. In other people’s perspectives, a good life could mean earning a lot of money or being recognized by others, and that is completely fine as well. I think that being a scientist is the best choice you can make, but only if you are curious about Nature. Do not try to be a scientist because you think it is a glamorous profession. If your insides do not burn with the urge to find things out, it is better to choose another profession—one that does make you burn with excitement and passion."
Nguyen Thi Hong Dung, Faculty member in Integrated Sciences See more

Meet our Fulbrighters

Come and learn how Fulbright has impacted the lives of our current students and graduates.

Featured student

“Before coming to Fulbright, I have taken a liking to studying biology, how every piece of knowledge is linked to another and explain each other. Thanks to the course Scientific Inquiry, I was exposed to the science environment at Fulbright, which is supportive and caring. The science community at Fulbright is truly a tightly bonded family, whose warmth and welcomeness definitely make you feel included. I always feel welcomed by the juniors and seniors, how everyone is open to help one another. I love how, as a student, I am encouraged to critically think and brainstorm my own ideas. Each lecture is exciting, informative and allows for further exploration of topics of my interest. Not only do I get to learn the subjects I am interested in (i.e. biology), but I am also able to explore other fields such as chemistry and environmental sciences. Now as a third-year student, my love for science and the Integrated Sciences major has only grown. In the future, it is my intention to pursue a higher degree after my graduation, but the experience of being an IS student at Fulbright will always be a memorable one.”
Ho Bao Tran, Class of 2025 Collapse
Class of 2025
  • Bui Tran Van Anh
  • Vũ Ngọc Hân
  • Pham Nguyen Hoang Le
  • Hồ Bảo Trân
Class of 2024
  • Nguyễn Duy Hiếu
  • Lê Trần Ngọc Khanh
  • Nguyễn Hà Linh Tú
  • Lê Thảo Tường Vy
  • Nguyễn Đình Thạch Lam
  • Nguyễn Vân Trang

Meet our Alumni

Come and learn how Fulbright has impacted the lives of our current students and graduates.

Featured alumni

“Science makes everything clear, at the same time, it makes things uncertain.” – Hieu Huynh. I started my scientific journey with the aspiration to explore new things. During this path, I realized the deeper I dive into science, the higher level of difficulty I perceived, and the more challenges I encountered. Novelty cannot be achieved through mere curiosity or chance encounters. Newton could not discover gravity with just a falling apple, or Mendeleev could not construct the periodic table with just a dream. Those things might be the starting points of their ideas, but they needed to be nurtured with a lot of time and effort to transform into the remarkable achievements we admire today. Countless cycles of trials and failures are necessary for a new discovery. Within these cycles, I do not only deepen my understanding of science but also learn more about myself. These periods are marked by sorrow, frustration, self-doubt and even moments of desperation. Nevertheless, with each cycle endured, I find myself sinking deeper into the depth of despair, only to emerge with an indescribable sense of satisfaction upon achieving success. This very feeling is what propels me as a scientist, and what I believe to be the moment that science flourishes.
Huynh Tam Minh Hieu, Class os 2023 Collapse

Selected Faculty Publications

Phan Vu Xuan Hung

Phan, Hung, Thomas J. Kelly, Andriy Zhugayevych, Guillermo C. Bazan, Thuc-Quyen Nguyen, Emily A. Jarvis, and Sergei Tretiak. “Tuning Optical Properties of Conjugated Molecules by Lewis Acids: Insights from Electronic Structure Modeling.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 10, no. 16 (2019): 4632–38.

Nguyen Thi Huyen Trang

Trang T. H. Nguyen, Emily J. Zakem, Ali Ebrahimi, Julia Schwartzman, Tolga Caglar, Kapil Amarnath, Uria Alcolombri, Francois J. Peaudecerf, Terence Hwa, Roman Stocker, Otto X. Cordero, Naomi M. Levine (2022). Microbes contribute to setting the ocean carbon flux by altering the fate of sinking particulates, Nature Communications 13, 1657 (2022).

Nguyen Thi Trang

Wu Zhao, Summer Laffoon, Trang Nguyen, Jacob McAlpin, Kami Hull, “Rhodium-Catalyzed Asymmetric Synthesis of β-Branched Amides” Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56, no. 5 (January 2017): 1371.

Nguyen Thi Hong Dung

Thi Hong Dung Nguyen, Stella Chapman, Claire Saito, Tatjana Storm, Mio Yasui, Makiko Kashio, Makoto Tominaga, “Single amino acids set temperature-evoked activation thresholds for mosquito TRPA1”, Journal of Biology Chemistry, (2022) 298(9) 102271

Thi Hong Dung Nguyen, Satoru G. Itoh, Hisashi Okumura, *Makoto Tominaga, “Structural basis for promiscuous action of monoterpenes on TRP channels”,

Communications Biology, 4:293 (2021) Co-authored: Satoru G. Itoh, Hisashi Okumura, *Makoto Tominaga

Capstone projects

Class of 2023
Quantum chemistry – Machine Learning Approach for Predicting Optoelectronic Properties of Lewis acid – Lewis base Adducts
Huynh Tam Minh Hieu
Molecular docking of Vietnamese Ginsengs metabolites into Noradrenergic receptors.
Nguyen Phuc An

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