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Lyman Briggs College

A residential college that empowers students to make a positive impact by promoting the role of science and mathematics in society

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What is Lyman Briggs College?

Lyman Briggs College (LBC) is a science-centric residential college. Its mission is to forge meaningful connections between the natural sciences and mathematics and the disciplines of humanities and social sciences. LBC students engage in thoughtful research projects, learn from top researchers and are strongly encouraged to pursue hands-on experience in their field.

Why Lyman Briggs?

  • Take classes in the same building where you live
  • Smaller class sizes
  • A multitude of undergraduate research opportunities
  • Personalized advising in your residence hall
  • All the benefits of a small liberal arts college combined with the opportunities of a large, Big Ten research university


placement rate in careers or further education


the national average of women retained in STEM fields


of LBC students graduate in six years compared to the national average of 62%


Choose from over 35 different majors

Biological sciences
• Animal science
• Biology
• Biochemistry and molecular biology
• Biochemistry and molecular biology/biotechnology
• Biomedical laboratory science
• Entomology
• Food science
• Genomics and molecular genetics
• Human biology
• Microbiology
• Neuroscience
• Nutritional sciences
• Physiology
• Plant biology
• Zoology

Environmental sciences
• Environmental biology/microbiology
• Environmental biology/plant biology
• Environmental biology/zoology
• Environmental geosciences
• Environmental sciences and management
• Fisheries and wildlife

Mathematical and computational sciences
• Actuarial science
• Computer science
• Computational mathematics
• Computer science coordinate major
• Mathematics
• Mathematics, advanced (honors)
• Statistics

Physical sciences
• Astrophysics
• Chemical physics
• Chemistry
• Geological sciences
• Physical science
• Physics

Social sciences

• History, philosophy, and sociology of science


• Biological science - secondary education
• Physical science - secondary education

What can you do with a degree from Lyman Briggs?

Graduates from Lyman Briggs College pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of the core sciences and humanities.

Alumni work at: 

  • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
  • Motorola
  • Chrysler Corporation
  • Michigan Biotechnology Institute
  • Center for Physiological Disorders

Alumni work as: 

  • Environmental quality analysts 
  • Lab technicians
  • Software engineers
  • Professors and educators
  • Health system researchers
  • Public health professionals
  • Medical doctors

How to apply

To apply, simply select “Lyman Briggs” as your major preference on your MSU undergraduate application for admission.