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ISP Curriculum

Below is the recommended course sequence, if you are completing the ISP degree in three years. If you choose to pursue an additional major or add a minor, you should generally still follow the first year Math, Physics, and Chemistry sequences as indicated below. Double major students please see this page to learn more about how your schedule may vary, and be sure to also work with your major advisors to help determine your course plan.

Your first-year curriculum is typically fixed as shown in the table below. In order to help you plan for other courses in year one, below we have indicated the timing of the ISP courses for the 2024-2025 academic year. Note that while we expect these to be the times, they may be subject to change.

Math 281-1-3: Each quarter it is planned to be offered 11-11:50am (MTuWF)
Phys 125-1-3: Each quarter it is planned to be offered 10-10:50am (MTuWF)
Phys 126-1-3: Each quarter you will be able to choose one of two lab times. For fall the options are Tu or W, 4-7pm
Chem 171: For fall quarter, 1-1:50pm (TuWTh, Discussion M). Winter quarter Chem 172, TBD
Chem 181: For the fall quarter, 1-1:50pm (F) plus you will also choose one of these lab times (M 2-4:20pm, Tu 2-4:20pm, or Tu 4:40-7pm). Winter quarter Chem 182, TBD

Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter

First Year

Mathematics 281-1 
Multidimensional Calculus 

Physics 125-1 / 126-1 

Chemistry 171 / 181
Accelerated General Inorganic Chemistry 

Mathematics 281-2 
Vector Operators and Ordinary Differential Equations 

Physics 125-2  / 126-2
Electricity and Magnetism 

Chemistry 172 / 182
Accelerated General Physical Chemistry 

Mathematics 281-3 
Systems of Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, Infinite Series 

Physics 125-3 / 126-3
Waves and Oscillations 

Computer Science 111
Fundamentals of Programming 

Second Year

Mathematics 381 
Boundary Value Problems and Partial Differential Equations 

Earth and Planetary Sciences 350
Physics of the Earth 

Chemistry 217-1 / 237-1
Accelerated Organic Chemistry I

Biological Sciences 232
Genetics and Molecular Processes Lab

Biological Sciences 240 
Molecular and Cell Biology

Mathematics 382* 
Complex Variables and Group Theory 

Biological Sciences 241 
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 

Biological Sciences 233
Cell Processes Lab

Physics 339-1 
Quantum Mechanics 

Physics 339-2 
Quantum Mechanics 

Chemistry 348 
Physical Chemistry 

Third Year

Physics 339-3 or 337* 
Nuclear and Particle Physics 

Statistics 383
Probability and Statistics 

Biological Sciences 323* 
or 337, 338, 341, 354, 361, 363, 390

Neuroscience 311*† 
Biophysical Analysis of Neurons

Astronomy 331* 




* ISP 398 (Undergraduate Research) may substitute for up to three of these courses.

† Course offered every other year. Next offering is winter 2026.




Notes for ISP/Weinberg Students

In addition to the curriculum above, ISP/WCAS students must also fulfill the degree requirements for the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Please refer to the appropriate page based on your entering year. 



Notes for ISP/McCormick Students

In addition to the curriculum above, ISP/MEAS students must also fulfill the degree requirements for the McCormick School of Engineering. Please refer to the document below for further details.