ISGE is a unique curriculum designed to teach the conventional science requirement for general education of most colleges and universities. Rather than a student taking 12 units of usually stand- alone and separated courses of their choice (e.g. sometimes biology, sometimes oceanography, sometimes astronomy), students are presented with integrative themes common to the seven major sciences (astronomy, physics, chemistry, biology, geology, mathematics, computer science).
For example, students are taught the identifying features for feedback in systems of all kinds and then presented with case studies in the phenomena in each of the seven sciences.
By knowing one thing, know many.
Learning theory experiments have indicated that students learn more when presented with a general framework, and then different manifestations of that framework. So teaching the general process followed by case studies from the various sciences unifies and synthesizes the usually separated and isolated disciplines.
Because the conventional GE requirement is limited to 12 units for every major, students are usually exposed to only two or three sciences. ISGE gives them deep information on seven sciences simultaneously.
Designed for a year on either the quarter or semester system, ISGE covers 21 systems processes as the major integrative themes or “frameworks” organized into a simpler 9 clusters:
- systems variation/development/evolution