Then Expo office hours for ISC are:
- Office Hours #1 Monday August 17, 6-7pm (EDT)
- Office Hours #2 Tuesday August 18, 10-11am (EDT)
You can can find more information and Zoom links in the ISC page of the Academic Expo CANVAS course (link).
We recognize that the traditional immersion experience that we offer first year students is not well-suited to online teaching. As such, we have implemented the following changes:
ISC is geared towards any prospective science or engineering major. The curriculum is especially valuable for students interested in bridging the traditional barriers between the biological and the physical sciences, e.g. students with interests in chemical and biological engineering, neuroscience, biophysics, or quantitive and computational biology.
If they want to stay in the sciences, any two of PHY103, CHM201, COS126, or MOL214 would be appropriate. PHY103 and COS126 are the easiest to join as ISC closely mirrors them in the very beginning of the fall semester.
The first-year, four-course sequence, provides course equivalency for the introductory courses in Physics (PHY103/104), Chemistry (CHM201/202), Computer Science (COS126), and Molecular Biology (MOL214). If only the fall semester is completed, equivalency is given for PHY103 and CHM201 but not PHY104, CHM202, COS126, or MOL214.
In high school you were probably introduced to different subjects of science: Physics, Chemistry, Biology, maybe more. While the way these disciplines were taught might have made them seem very different, it doesn’t take much digging to conclude that the boundaries are much fuzzier than they are made out to be. When thinking about atoms and molecules, where does physics end and chemistry begin? Biological organisms use chemical and physical processes to produce all the phenomena of life from cellular metabolism to organismal development to the function of the brain.
ISC is an integrated, mathematically and computationally sophisticated immersive introduction to physics, chemistry, molecular biology, and computer science. By teaching these disciplines within a unified framework, we hope to educate a new generation of scientists who can appreciate the connections between the traditional academic disciplines and for whom interdisciplinary science is natural rather than forced. Our course is team-taught by faculty in the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Computer Science.