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The Integrated Science Curriculum (ISC) synthesizes multiple disciplines to offer foundational training addressing the demands of 21st century science.

This unique curriculum is built around student teams attacking problem-oriented exercises while mastering interdisciplinary concepts. Biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics and statistics are intertwined, in lectures and in labs, to achieve a dynamic understanding of a wide range of fundamental principles within the modern scientific method. Capstone projects include team presentations describing recent advances in fields as diverse as gene delivery, solar energy, drug discovery, and continental drift, to name a few.

ISC labs meet in the dedicated Integrated Science Laboratory, where a variety of modules explore cell biology, chemical kinetics, physics, statistics, photosynthesis, and more, exposing students to state-of-the-art instrumentation and to faculty from across the College of Science.

The result is a community of students trained in, and dedicated to, an interdisciplinary strategy for learning, and ultimately advancing, the many directions of science. For more in-depth information, we invite you to puruse the ISC Handbook


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Fill out an ISC application!  Once you receive an offer of admission to Virginia Tech, we will review your application on a rolling basis and can let you know if you have been accepted to the program prior to you making your decision to attend school here.


The Curriculum

Introduction to the different fields of science and mathematics, and academic and career planning for College of Science majors that are enrolled in the Integrated Science Curriculum. Discussion of academic plans and university and college requirements. Resume building for internships, research experiences, and graduate school. Exposure to areas of practice and research, and opportunities for education, training, and employment in fields of interest to students graduating from the College of Science.

Introduction to the fundamental principles of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics in an integrated environment.

ISC 1105 (Fall): Discrete dynamical systems, differentiation and integration, differential equations, population dynamics, chemical reactions, chemical kinetics, Newton's laws, linear and rotary motion, kinetic and potential energy.

Co-requisite: ISC 1115.

ISC 1106 (Spring): Genetics, evolution, molecular biology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, thermodynamics, statistics, multivariable calculus.

Prerequisite: ISC 1105; Co-requisite: ISC 1116.

Laboratory component of Integrated Science Curriculum where students conduct project-based interdisciplinary laboratories organized into content modules.

ISC 1115 (Fall): Tools of scientific research, gene delivery, kinetics, solar energy.

Co-requisite: ISC 1105.

ISC 1116 (Spring): Tools of scientific research, water, thermodynamics, plant genetics, surfactants.

Prerequisite: ISC 1115; Co-requisite: ISC 1106

A course for students in the Integrated Science Curriculum needing MATH 1225 content not covered in the ISC sequence. Limits and continuity, derivatives of trigonometric and logarithmic functions, Newton's method, applied optimization, definite and indefinite integrals. Partially duplicates MATH 1225

Introduction to the fundamental principles of biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics in an integrated environment.

ISC 2105 (Fall): Molecular cell biology, metabolism, photosynthesis, membrane transport, quantum theory, spectroscopy, elasticity, waves, fluids, electricity and magnetism, linear algebra, genomics, probability theory.

Pre-requisite: ISC 1106; Co-requisite: ISC 2115.

ISC 2106 (Spring): Gene regulation, signal transduction, development, motility, intramolecular forces, stochastic processes, optics and microscopy, materials science, analytical tools.

Prerequisite: ISC 2105; Co-requisite: ISC 2116.

Laboratory component of Integrated Science Curriculum where students conduct project-based interdisciplinary laboratories organized into content modules.

ISC 2115 (Fall): Tools of scientific research, measurements with tools of science, forensics and environmental analysis, nanoparticles, sensing and sensor.

Prerequisite: ISC 1116; Co-requisite: ISC 2105.

ISC 2116 (Spring): Tools of scientific research, measurements with tools of science, geoscience, neuroscience, circuits and electricity and magnetism:

Prerequisite: ISC 2115; Co-requisite: ISC 2106.

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