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THE BRIGGS EXPERIENCE

Personal connections and community

As a small college located within a residence hall, Briggs offers students a genuine community. In collaboration with our partners in the Residence Education and Housing Services, LBC administrators, faculty, and staff work hard to provide our students with intellectual, social, and emotional support that we know is crucial for their development as lifelong learners and citizens. LBC students often develop a strong network of supportive relationships because of our relatively small class sizes, the collaboration of academics and residential life in Holmes Hall, and our high degree of approachability and enthusiasm for teaching, learning, and advising. Briggs students also participate in many of the students groups on campus.

Active Learning

Participation and collaboration are hallmarks of LBC instruction. Students regularly engage in problem-solving, model creation, and group discussion. Briggs faculty are campus leaders in developing and disseminating innovative pedagogies that promoting student learning, and many contribute to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Teamwork, writing and critical thinking are integrated throughout the curriculum. Even in their first semester, students practice science much the way they would in a research lab, by developing research and reasoning skills rather than merely confirming pre-existing "right" answers, by working in collaborative teams. an by craftign original, journal-style laboratory reports. HPS courses assign short papers and longer researched essays. Individual or group oral presentations are components of many LBC courses, and approximately 700 students present posters and deliver oral presentations at the annual LBC Research Symposium.

Understanding Science in Society

Briggs graduates possess a deep interdisciplinary understanding of science that sets them apart from their peers. Our science courses integrate historical, philosophical, and sociological questions and challenges. Social science and humanities courses in Briggs are all focused on issues of science. In the LBC experience, students study science in its historical, philosophical, cutural and sociological contexts while also performing real science in inquiry-based science lab courses. Briggs students understand and experience the genuine complexity of science, beyond the sometimes simplistic picture portrayed in science textbooks. At the end of their undergraduate career, LBC students complete a capstone course (LB 492: Senior Seminar), that challenges students to integrate and apply insights from across multiple disciplines.

Experiential Learning

Opportunities outside of the classroom are important parts of the Briggs Experience. Many LBC students hone their leadership skills as undergraduate learning assistants (ULAs) in our science or mathematics courses. In addition to research opportunities within the college, LBC students are sought after for work in cutting-edge research labs across campus. Briggs offers a number of opportunities for science-focused education abroad, and students have access to MSU's strong catalog of education abroad programs. To learn more, explore these resources, learn about the LBC Research Symposium, and explore the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum.

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