What will I learn?

The Lyman Briggs College is a residential college that bridges the science and humanities through interdisciplinary teaching and research. It provides students with a fundamental core science education in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics. Additionally, the core program addresses historical, philosophical, and societal concerns and consequences of modern science, technology, the environment, and medicine. Advanced undergraduate courses in the student’s major are taken in the respective departmental units of the College of Natural Science, College of Engineering, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the University at large. The majority of Lyman Briggs students pursue programs leading to advanced graduate study in the natural sciences, or professional programs related to medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, allied health, education or law. Many other students plan to enter careers in teaching at the secondary level, science writing, product representation, industry, or government service upon completion of their Bachelor of Science degree.

As a residential college, Lyman Briggs College has classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, academic advisor offices, and administrative offices located in Holmes Hall, where all first year and many upper-level Lyman Briggs students live and learn. Because of this residential organization, students are able to develop a strong living-learning community identity by integrating academic and personal development, with faculty, staff and their peers in residence. Students are encouraged to balance their academic lives with social, cultural, athletic, service-learning, and leadership opportunities on campus and in the greater East Lansing community.

Students admitted to Michigan State University are admissible to Lyman Briggs College based initially on application date. There are no additional academic or program requirements for freshman admissions. Enrollment in the college is limited; therefore, students are encouraged to apply early. Applicants should indicate their intention to become a part of the Lyman Briggs College on the Michigan State University Application for Admissions. If a student has already submitted an application and would like to apply to Lyman Briggs College, she/he should contact the Office of Admissions directly as early as possible.

Computer Science

A minimum of 30 credits from the courses listed below including:

All of the following courses (24 credits):

CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I

CSE 260 Discrete Structures in Computer Science

CSE 320 Computer Organization and Architecture

CSE 330 Algorithms and Data Structures

CSE 410 Operating Systems

CSE 460 Computability and Formal Language Theory

LB 220 Calculus III

At least two of the following courses (6 credits):

CSE 420 Computer Architecture

CSE 422 Computer Networks

CSE 435 Software Engineering

CSE 440 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

CSE 450 Translation of Programming Languages

CSE 452 Organization of Programming Languages

CSE 472 Computer Graphics

CSE 480 Database Systems

Which department am I in?

Lyman Briggs College

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$41,330.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

2 September 2020, 11 January 2021


Lyman Briggs College

27 East Holmes Hall,

919 E Shaw Lane,



48825, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

If you attended a school that follows a U.S. curriculum, please use these guidelines. If you are currently in upper secondary school: Certified copy of transcripts for grades 9, 10, 11 and, if possible, latest available for 12. If you completed upper secondary school: Certified copy of transcripts for grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, indicating that a high school diploma has been awarded. MSU strongly encourages a college preparatory curriculum in high school. High school GPA is 3.5-4.0.

For international students

MSU strongly encourages a college preparatory curriculum in high school. High school GPA is 3.5-4.0.

Minimum English requirements

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-based test: score of 79 with no sub score below 17, Paper-based test: score of 550 with no sub score below 52, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Regular admission: Score of 6.5 or higher, Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) - Minimum score of 53; minimum sub score requirement of 48.

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About this uni

International students enjoy a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, as well as a multicultural student population representing more than 140 countries.

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