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Program Overview

Program Overview
Citizen Science is an innovative program for all first-year students at Bard College. Through three weeks of intensive study during January intersession, students develop a core understanding of both the conduct and the content of science. This foundation allows them as citizens to grapple with the ever-increasing number of national and global issues influenced by science.

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The 2017 Curriculum

In 2017, Citizen Science will focus on infectious diseases—what they are, how they're transmitted, where they are most prevalent and why, and what we can do to reduce the global burden of disease. But Citizen Science is about much more than just a topic. Students in Citizen Science will do science the way scientists do. They will design and conduct experiments in the laboratory, explore the use of models to test assumptions and make predictions, and find patterns in data by exploring correlations.

From the President

"This required program is designed to give all students the tools, attitudes, and motivation to use science and mathematics concepts in their daily lives—going beyond simple literacy to the development of critical abilities in these subjects. . . . Citizen Science is a three-week program with collaborative learning at its core. The program examines topics not typically explored in traditional science offerings."

—Leon Botstein, President, Bard College

From the Director

The first-year experience at Bard is designed as an immersive introduction to the liberal arts and critical thinking across disciplines. This experience serves as a foundation for all students as they pursue their particular area of interest. There is no doubt that science and scientific research outcomes have permeated our society, impacting our daily lives. VIEW MORE >>