The curriculum is composed of 25.7 units, up to 3 of which may be independent research, as well as a regular seminar series. ISP may lead to a three-year bachelor of arts degree if by the end of the third year the student has completed 38.7 or more quarter-courses and satisfied all other college requirements.

Though listed in a three-year format, the program is often spread over four years, particularly if a student wishes to combine an ISP major with a second major in a traditional department such as biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, environmental sciences, earth and planetary sciences, materials science, mathematics, physics, psychology, or an engineering field. Double majors in other areas such as economics are possible as well.

Further information about ISP/Engineering can be found here.