This paper describes our implementation and experience of incorporating computer science concepts into a team-taught, first-year interdisciplinary course for prospective science majors at the University of Richmond. The course integrates essential concepts from each of five STEM disciplines: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics. Including computer science in this course faces three primary challenges: few of the students have any CS background; the time devoted to CS instruction is reduced compared to a traditional introductory CS course; and the spirit of the course requires the CS material to be highly integrated with the other disciplines. Here we discuss our experience from three-plus years of offering the course and its impact on the major/minor pool of students in our own discipline.

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Copyright © 2013 Barry Lawson, Doug Szajda and Lewis Barnett. This article first appeared in Proceedings of the 44th ACM Technical Symposium, March 6-9, 2013, 128-35. Denver, CO. Vol. 22, No. 3.

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