LBC strives to provide a science education that is grounded in the liberal arts. To do so, we offer a typical natural sciences curriculum
with the addition of History, Philosophy & Sociology of Science
courses, which examine the impact of science and technology on society. The combination
provides students an in-depth exploration of science and its interface with society, with the goal of developing capable, critically-thinking
Lyman Briggs classes tend to be smaller than standard university courses and are designed to enhance the residential nature of the College.
In our Biology
courses, for example, labs operate on an "open" or unscheduled basis, which offers great flexibility and independence to our
students. A large percentage of the biology labs are also "experimental," where students set up experiments and return to monitor the results
at various stages.
The majority of the Lyman Briggs students take a two semester sequence in introductory college Chemistry
and and two semesters of Physics
Many students also take the Briggs Mathematics
courses concurrently, further advancing and understanding of the cross-disciplinary connections.
History, Philosophy & Sociology of Science Courses examine the impact of science and technology upon human values and beliefs. In LBC,
we refer to the social sciences and humanities curriculum as "history, philosophy, and sociology" or "HPS." LBC students have the opportunity
to take HPS classes in four overlapping substantive areas: science, technology, the environment, and medicine. In such classes, LBC students
examine numerous empirical, conceptual, and theoretical issues related to these substantive areas, using historical, philosophical, and
sociological perspectives and methods.