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HPS Major and Minor




HPS Major

Do you love learning about a variety of scientific disciplines, events, and facts? Then the Bachelor of Science in HPS is for you! All first year students at Briggs take an "Introduction to History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science" which is designated as LB133 (and satisfies MSU's Tier I writing requirement). Students will then take two 300-level Lyman Briggs HPS courses, which may fulfill students' ISS or IAH requirements, as well as LB492 senior seminar/capstone experience in a topic area of their choosing. As a Briggs graduate, you will also have taken all of the introductory courses in biology, physics, chemistry and mathematics. This is the Briggs Core Program.

Additionally, as an HPS major, you will take 30 additional credits in HPS courses. You will learn more about the complex reality of science, which extends far beyond the rather simplistic picture portrayed in many science textbooks. Among other things, our HPS courses focus on the historical trajectory of different scientific disciplines and their associated rules of evidence and preferred methods; the logic of theory creation and hypothesis testing; and the interrelationships between science and other major institutions in society (e.g., religion, the economy, the government). This helps you to develop your skills in summarizing, synthesizing, and analyzing old ideas. This also develops your ability to generate and critique new ideas through well-written arguments. The combination of being an articulate idea generator and critical thinker with a strong grounding in natural science, makes you an attractive candidate for: graduate schools, law schools, medical schools, and a variety of professional positions. See our section below on Future(s) of HPS Majors

HPS Minor

Many Briggs students want to combine their current major with a minor in HPS. Across each of their science labs in biology, chemistry and physics, LBC students gain much experience writing original, journal-style laboratory reports that illuminate their scientific reasoning skills. By minoring in HPS, LBC students further develop their writing and analytical skills via short papers and longer researched essays. This requires an additional 15-16 credits in HPS courses.

HPS Undergraduate Student Clubs and Organizations

The HPS faculty advise the HPS student association.

HPS Graduate Student Organization On-Campus

The HPS faculty also advise the Science and Society Reading Group. For more information, please contact Dr. Naoko Wake.



Future(s) of HPS Majors
HPS Alumni data on jobs 2007-2013
  • U of M School of Public Health
  • Teacher
  • U of Detroit Jesuit High School
  • Restaurateur
  • Henry Ford Hospital
  • Altarum Institute (healthcare consulting)
HPS Alumni Career Categories 2007-2013
Heath Research Education (Teaching) Animal Conservancy Other/Unknown
HPS 43% 14% 14% 0% 29%
Human Biology 40% 17% 26% 0% 18%
Physiology 40% 13% 6% 0% 40%
Biochemistry 6% 38% 31% 0% 25%
Zoology 4% 13% 13% 34% 37%

HPS Alumni data on grad school 2007-2013

According to alumni data, 73.2% of HPS grads from 2009-2013 have gone on to some kind of grad school:

  • Georgetown
  • NYU
  • Indianapolis
  • Art Institute
  • Indiana
  • U of Colorado-Denver
  • MSU
  • U of Illinois
  • Cornerstone University
  • Indiana U
  • Lake Erie College
  • Baking and Pastry Degree

Comparing HPS Alumni to other popular Majors at LBC 2007-2013
% Attending Grad School % Employed Average Salary Maximum Salary
HPS 72% 24% $28,100 $38,400
Human Biology 72% 17% $30,875 $58,000
Physiology 80% 13% $25,285 $40,000
Biochemistry 65% 28% $40,783 $70,000
Zoology 49% 42% $16,842 $32,000