an innovative first-year introduction to the life sciences

ISC is collaborative and challenging but also a community-building exercise.

We designed the Integrated Science Curriculum for first-year students drawn to interdisciplinary studies in the life sciences. Through a balanced and cohesive integration of physics, chemistry, molecular biology, and computer science, ISC serves as a launching pad for research-driven independent work in college and science-centered career paths in the future. 

To learn more about ISC, check out course details, paths from ISC, as well as instructor and student perspectives. Feel free to email us with your questions. When you arrive on campus, come to our table at the 2024 Academic Expo in Frick, scheduled for 1–4 pm on Monday, August 26, or reach out and schedule a time to speak with the ISC team. For those who fill out the interest survey over the summer, we will either invite you to enroll in the course or recommend alternative paths into your intended major. 

Class of 2028

If you would like to be considered for ISC, please fill out the interest form as soon as you can. We welcome all students who enjoy natural science subjects and are familiar with high-school algebra, trigonometry, and single-variable differentiation. We do not require prior experience in computer programming.

Exciting learning opportunities abound on Princeton campus, and we are thrilled to offer ISC as one of many options! Enrollment in ISC is not competitive or first come, first served. Think of it as a two-way selection process: we would like to assemble a motivated and cohesive group of students for our experimental curriculum, just as much as we would like you to find the best way to kickstart your college career at Princeton.

ISC is for you if you are curious about nature, willing to be challenged, and envision a career that revolves around the life sciences! 

2022–2023 ISC students, faculty, and teaching assistants

2022–2023 ISC students, faculty, and teaching assistants



If you have any questions about ISC, email us at [email protected] 


Submit an interest form as soon as you can. In the meantime, speak with your academic advisers about your interest in ISC, and plan for alternative paths into your intended major. 


Course details

What to expect when you are enrolled in the innovative curriculum

Paths from ISC

Recommended academic paths after enrolling in ISC 

Student perspectives

Hear what past ISC students have to say about their ISC experience.

Instructor perspectives

ISC instructors introduce the format and content of the curriculum and share their thoughts on its unique philosophy

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