Hi, I know almost every combination of schools possible have been compared on here before, but I was wondering how Princeton's integrated science track compares with other schools. I am planning on focusing anywhere from pre-med to math to physics to polymer chemistry. Any opinions?
Thanks guys. I guess a better question may be whether the way IS pulls physics, chem, and bio together with differential equations and math really as innovative, cutting-edge as they say it is, and how much better it is than doing things traditionally. Say after undergrad I sought an MD/PhD: how much would the way IS pulls the sciences together influence the focus of my research? Is this kind of integration of the sciences "the wave of the future"?
Location: Princeton University Thalassocracy of the Radiant
ISC is sexy.
seriously, compared to the traditional track, you get much more interaction with the professors and the class is much more cooperative, plus by the end of the curriculum you will know how to model a) the behavior of a (not infinite, just very large) array of 1-ohm resistors, b) concentrations of intermediate products in a biochemical synthesis pathway, c) various wave functions and d) the fourier transform of Batman. the workload can become daunting (20hr/wk problem sets are to be expected, especially second semester freshman year), but your peers and your professors will be there to make sure you don't fail.
I agree with idiosyncra3y. You guys could qualify your statements a little better. Although I will agree that you don't hear much from Harvard engineering. Give some real differences in those schools. Until I hear any different, I'm going to Princeton, because I'm into the "pure" side rather than applied (might not go into engineering), and Integrated Science just seems right up my alley.