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The Core Curriculum

Frontiers of Science

Ivana Nikolic Hughes, Ph.D.  
Chemistry
Director, Frontiers of Science
Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Chemistry
625 Pupin
ih2194@columbia.edu 

Prof. David Helfand
Astronomy
Chair, Frontiers of Science
Professor of Astronomy 
1014 Pupin 
djh@astro.columbia.edu 

Frontiers of Science Bulletin

Frontiers of Science is a one-semester course that integrates modern science into the Core Curriculum to challenge students to think about questions of science and about the world around them. The course's focus is the commonalities of the scientific approach to inquiry, as these are expressed in four disciplines. On Mondays throughout the semester, leading scientists present up to three lectures in each of the four modules. During the rest of the week, senior faculty and Columbia post-doctoral science fellows (research scientists selected for their teaching abilities) lead seminars to discuss the lecture and associated readings, to undertake in-class activities, and to debate the implications of the most recent scientific discoveries. Together with two additional science courses in any natural science department, Frontiers of Science satisfies the science requirement for Columbia College.

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