Educational Initiatives-Mellon College of Science - Carnegie Mellon University

Educational Initiatives

Numerous programs and initiatives enhance science education for students at Carnegie Mellon and beyond.

A Core Education for 21st-Century Scientists

A Mellon College of Science education prepares our graduates to thrive in the 21st-century scientific and social world they will face and shape. Our innovative Core Education fosters student growth in four dimensions—scholar, professional, citizen, and person—to give students a multi-dimensional undergraduate experience.

Cross-College Initiatives

The Science and Humanities Scholars Program is an innovative program that is designed to enable talented students to develop an undergraduate curricular program that builds upon their interests and achievements in the humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, or social sciences.

The Health Professions Program provides preparation and advising for students from a wide variety of majors across the university to help them pursue interests in medicine, dentistry, and other health-related professions.

Online Resources to Enhance Science Teaching and Learning

ChemCollective develops and assesses innovative online resources for introductory chemistry education, including a Virtual Lab and an online stoichiometry course.

Genetics Cognitive Tutor provides support for student problem solving, based on cognitive models of student learning, to make genetics accessible to all students.

Green Chemistry leadership in the Mellon College of Science includes online resources for students and faculty building on the first university course in green chemistry, which began at Carnegie Mellon in 1993.

Modern Biology is available as an innovative online course through Carnegie Mellon's Open Learning Initiative.

The Simon Initiative is leveraging learning science research to improve student outcomes and to ensure that technological platforms not only deliver information but also include useful metrics, standards and methods that maximize learning outcomes.

photo of students holding Eureka! signs

A new seminar—EUREKA! Discovery and Its Impact—preps first-year scientists for success

EUREKA!

Students in lab

First-year students use sophisticated research tools to unearth a virus's secrets in the Phage Genomics Research course.

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