Getting Started

Integrated Studies in Science, Engineering and Society (ISSuES) is offered to all undergraduate students. To be considered for admission to the certificate program, students must be in good academic standing. Students should begin the application process by the end of sophomore year, but no later than the end of their junior year.

You do not need to pick a focus area or courses before applying for the ISSuES program. Also, it is possible to receive certificate credit for courses taken before you have applied to the program. If you would like to do this, please consult with an ISSuES certificate Advisor.

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Step One: Meet with the Certificate Advisor

Set up an appointment to meet with Sainath Suryanarayanan, the Associate Director of the Holtz Center.

Step Two: Write a Letter of Interest

Write a one-page Letter of Interest explaining what you would like to get out of the ISSuES program and why you would be a good fit for the program.

A sample outline of this letter, along with a Letter of Interest Form.

Please save the Letter of Interest Form on your own computer and complete electronically.

Email your Letter of Interest and the completed Letter of Interest Form as a single attachment to

The Certificate Advisory Committee will review the application to decide admission and notify you within two weeks.

Step Three: Pick Your Courses

Once you have received an email notifying you of your admission, set up an appointment to meet with one of the ISSuES certificate advisors (listed above) to plan what courses you will take to complete the program requirements. Upon your admission, you will also need to complete a Certificate Declaration Form. We will send you that form electronically, and you will then send it on to the Registrar’s office.

More information about this process is available on our website.