In the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing, progressive and classical curricular elements lead to an active understanding of the concepts, methods, and contexts of these disciplines. The division welcomes all students—science majors and nonmajors—and offers a diverse array of introductory and advanced courses to meet the needs, interests, and backgrounds of Bard’s students, including the innovative Citizen Science program for first-year students. In all courses in the division, learning comes from doing: working in the laboratory, using computers, posing and solving problems. Students in divisional courses acquire not only a body of fundamental knowledge in a field but also the habits of critical and creative thinking that are necessary components in all scientific activity.
Bard Faculty and Students Discuss Their Work in Math and Science at Bard The liberal arts education at Bard prepares students to excel in changing fields in the sciences and mathematics. Faculty work closely with small classes, giving students the opportunity as undergraduates to contribute to advanced research that goes on to publication and presentation at national meetings. With the Senior Project, Bardians pursue substantive, original work of their own choosing that equips them for graduate school, research positions, teaching, and industry jobs.
The Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing oversees programs in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, physics, and psychology. Students exercising the 3+2 engineering or environmental options also usually moderate into the division. The pursuit of a degree in the division provides majors with the foundation needed for advanced, independent, and original work in graduate or professional schools or in technical professions requiring no further academic preparation.
Bard provides a range of research opportunities on campus and at affiliated institutions. In 2000 Bard College and The Rockefeller University in New York City established a collaborative program in the sciences. The Bard-Rockefeller Semester in Science in New York City is a one-semester program designed for advanced science students, particularly in the fields of neuroscience, biochemistry, molecular biology, developmental biology, biophysics, and genetics. Students spend a semester in New York City working in the lab with Rockefeller faculty and taking specially designed classes at Rockefeller and at Bard’s Globalization and International Affairs Program. Students can also spend a semester at the Marine Biological Laboratory Ecosystems Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The Bard Summer Research Institute offers students the opportunity to spend eight weeks in residence at the College, working on projects in the social or natural sciences.
The state-of-the-art Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation opened in 2007 and is home to the Biology, Chemistry, and Computer Science Programs. The Lynda and Stewart Resnick Science Laboratories wing opened in the spring of 2009. In addition, the building features the László Z. Bitó ’60 Auditorium, which seats up to 65 people; "smart" classrooms for multimedia presentations and videoconferencing; faculty offices; and open spaces for studying, computer work, and informal meetings. A new scanning electron microscope and microscopy suite—four lasers, two optical microscopes, and two scanning probe microscopes—allow for cutting-edge research in biology, chemistry, and physics.