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Program Overview

Program Overview
Photo by Pete Mauney '93 MFA '00
Citizen Science is an innovative program for all first-year students at Bard College. Through two 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 Curriculum

Inspired by stories from places like Flint, Michigan, and Hoosick Falls, New York, the Citizen Science program tackles urgent, present-day questions related to water. We will explore the properties of water, as well as how these properties influence the contamination (and decontamination) of drinking water. We will also consider the extent to which problems of contamination are not purely scientific in nature: Where and how does politics enter the picture? In what ways are social, historical, and political factors at work even when we think we are engaged in “objective” science?

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 two+ week program with collaborative learning at its core. The program examines topics not typically explored in traditional science offerings."

—Leon Botstein, President, Bard College

The Citizen Science Experience

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 >>