Interdisciplinary Science Program

Lecturer and Director of the Science Center Draper, Director

The Interdisciplinary Science Program (ISP) is a special two-year curriculum for selected students in each entering class. It is intended for those students who are judged to possess exceptional scientific and mathematical aptitude and to be strongly motivated for academic success. It provides these students an opportunity to broaden their study of science and mathematics in the following ways:

ISP students begin the program in the fall of the first year. The program includes three courses: the interdisciplinary science seminar, ISP research apprenticeship, and a third course selected from offerings in the humanities or social sciences that addresses some issue related to science and society. During the two-year program, ISP students are also required to take two semesters of course work in laboratory science in a single department and two semesters of mathematics (typically calculus or statistics).

The Interdisciplinary Science Program can accommodate only a limited number of students each year. Entering students or applicants for admission to the entering class who wish to be considered for enrollment in the program should notify the director of the science center by mid-February.

Fall Term

117. The Process of Discovery— This first-year seminar introduces broad scientific ideas that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries. This course will examine the scientific process from the initial concept to the published result. We will examine disciplinary differences in how discoveries are made and how research is done. We will also explore writing and reporting styles and special topics such as scientific ethics and funding of research. This course has a community learning component. (FYR) (Enrollment limited) –Draper

Spring Term

118. Interdisciplinary Science Research Apprenticeship— Students select from a list of faculty research projects and apprentice with a faculty mentor and, sometimes, with a junior or senior student research mentor as well. Participation in a weekly seminar is required, and the course will culminate in poster presentations at the annual Science Symposium. Students must enroll in both ISP 118-01 and 0.5 credits of ISP 118L. Prerequisite: C- or better in Interdisciplinary Science Program 117. (0.5 course credit) (Enrollment limited) –Draper

118L. Interdisciplinary Science Research Apprentice Laboratory— (0.5 course credit) (Enrollment limited) –

[466. Teaching Assistantship]— Submission of the special registration form, available in the Registrar’s Office, and the approval of the instructor and director are required for enrollment. (0.5 - 1 course credit)