Why Study Science at Bard?
The advantages of small classes with individual attention to students are well recognized. More challenging material can be introduced in class and in the laboratory when dedicated professionals are involved and interested in student progress. The science programs at large universities often rely on graduate students, not professors, to lead "discussion sections" and supervise laboratories. Graduate students have widely varied backgrounds, alternate interests and priorities. Large undergraduate classes also require computer grading of exams which take the form of multiple choice, or short answer tests that encourage factual knowledge over conceptual understanding.