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 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.
Photo by Pete Mauney '93 MFA '00
The Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing includes the following academic programs:
Kristin Lane,Division Chair; Associate Professor of Psychology
Studying in the Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing
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 is a one-semester program designed for advanced science students, particularly in the fields of neuroscience, biochemistry, molecular biology, developmental biology, biophysics, and genetics.
The state-of-the-art Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation is home to the Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Computer Science Programs. The building features the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Science Laboratories wing; the László Z. Bitó ’60 Auditorium; smart classrooms for multimedia presentations and videoconferencing; faculty offices; and open spaces for studying, computer work, and informal meetings.
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.
New Paper Led by Bard Biology Professor Felicia Keesing Calls for More Rigorous Study of Dilution Effects in Natural Ecosystems to Better Understand the Ecology of Infectious Diseases
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the global importance—and challenge—of understanding the ecology of infectious diseases, especially in regard to the impact biodiversity has on the transmission of zoonotic diseases. A new paper in Ecology Letters coauthored by Bard Biology Professor Felicia Keesing and Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, argues that one key to improving this understanding is more rigorous and creative study of dilution effects, which occur when the diversity of an ecological community reduces the transmission of disease. More >