The Chemistry and Biochemistry Program at Bard is geared primarily, but not exclusively, toward meeting the needs of students planning to do graduate and/or professional work in a variety of chemistry, biochemistry, and engineering subfields. During their course of study, students receive research training in modern methods in chemistry, including extensive hands-on experience with contemporary instruments and equipment. In addition to the core courses, a student typically completes at least two advanced electives in chemistry, biology, mathematics, or physics, according to personal goals.
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.