College of Integrative Sciences

Tomorrow's scientists will face challenging problems in such diverse areas as energy, public health, and the environment, among others. Meeting these challenges requires a broad knowledge base together with creative problem-solving approaches. The College of Integrative Sciences (CIS) is dedicated to equipping Wesleyan students with the creative, quantitative and integrative skills to meet these challenges. At the CIS, students develop expertise in multiple disciplines combined with research methods to become creators of knowledge at the forefront of our changing world.

art by Andrew Cao '23
Art by Andrew Cao '23 and Leonard Majaducon '25, Summer 2022

Wesleyan enjoys a distinguished history in scientific research dating back to the 1860s. The CIS is an integral part of Wesleyan's continued commitment to interdisciplinary research training and the advancement of scientific knowledge.


Frontiers of Knowledge Award given to Professor Ellen Thomas


The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Climate Change category has gone in this fifteenth edition to paleoclimatologists James Zachos (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Ellen Thomas (Yale University and Wesleyan University) "for their seminal contributions to the identification of a major natural event in the fossil record that provides a compelling analog for anthropogenic climate change," said the committee in its citation.

Read more about Ellen Thomas, Harold T Stearns Professor of Integrative Sciences, Emeritas on the BBVA Foundation website


Thomas Receives Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Thanks to her discovery of a global warming event that occurred 56 million years ago, Ellen Thomas, the Harold T. Stearns Professor of Integrated Sciences, Emerita, changed the way we think about climate change. Her research started with a serendipitous discovery of severe extinction of microscopic deep-sea organisms, foraminifera. Because of her prolific and impactful […]

Budding Scientists Share Their Research at Summer Poster Session

Almost every scientist has an origin story, the moment they knew a life of scientific inquiry and research was something they wanted. “All of the faculty have that story,” said Seth Redfield, professor of astronomy, at the annual poster session held at Exley Science Center on July 28. “Almost all of them involve an experience […]
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