Carnegie Mellon University

Education Initiatives

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

Core Eduction

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.

Data Analytics for Science Immersion Experience (DASIE)

In this cross-college, undergraduate program, DASIE is executed through partnerships with Dow Chemical and Microsoft and brings together students from outside of Carnegie Mellon University to build a pipeline of future science leaders with advanced data skills and to bring awareness of opportunities that exist at CMU, the partner organizations and the industry as a whole.

Health Professions Program (HPP)

Another cross-college initiative, HPP 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 chemistry course.

Genetics Cognitive Tutor

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

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

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

The Simon 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.


Phage Hunters

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



The EUREKA! Discovery and Its Impact seminar preps first-year scientists for success