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What Is Integrated Science?

Integrated Science is a revolutionary new introductory science curriculum developed at Princeton, intended for students considering a career in science. By breaking down traditional disciplinary barriers, a series of courses taken in the freshman and sophomore years provides students with first-rate preparation for a major in any of the core scientific disciplines, and in such a way that helps retain the connections to the other disciplines. The curriculum is founded on the expectation that much of the most important science of the future, though based on the classical disciplines, will lie in areas that span two or more of them.

“Any budding researcher needs a foundation in several fields to be able to work on the most important problems confronting scientists today…”
— David Botstein, former director, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics

Who should consider taking it?

The Integrated Science sequence is suitable for any undergraduate considering concentrating in the sciences or engineering at Princeton. The core training is perfect preparation for a very broad range of careers, both within and outside science. The curriculum is especially valuable for students interested in bridging the traditional barriers between the biological and the physical sciences.

Integrated Science students get to talk science one-on-one with the best-of-the-best Princeton faculty: the current roster of active teachers includes members of the National Academy of Science and a Nobel laureate.

"We want students to really understand scientific problems — they are not just learning to recite knowledge they've received."
— William Bialek, the John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor in Physics

(Banner image) In Icahn Lab, a room-sized sculpture by architect Frank Gehry provides a unique setting for a review session in Integrated Science led by physics professor Daniel Marlow.

Students share their experiences


Julia Metzger '16

"Integrated Science has taught me how to think. It has helped me develop the questioning and probing mind of a scientific researcher, complete with a computational toolkit for analysis."

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