2-Credit Science Course for Freshmen
SpartaNature offers incoming freshmen to the College of Natural Science a chance to get a jump start on fall semester with a small group residential living and learning opportunity during the summer before freshman year.
The program is intended for students with interests in biological sciences. Students will earn 2 credits while making friends and experiencing college-level science before the start of Fall semester, and will have a social support group during their first semester in college.
SpartaNature is a Science Course
It begins with a 4-day summer program at MSU's Kellogg Biological Station, a field research facility in southwest Michigan. Students participate in three intensive science modules during the four days at KBS. Each module is led by an MSU faculty member and provides hands-on experience with authentic scientific inquiry.
During the four days, students gain familiarity with campus life while learning expectations and MSU traditions. Students learn first hand what to expect in classes and campus living.
The second portion of SpartaNature is completed during the fall semester on campus in East Lansing. Students complete short essays, participate in discussions, and engage in activities that focus on academic and career-planning success. Classes meet on Friday afternoons.
Personalizing a Large University Experience
While the size of MSU can be intimidating, this program brings together the resources only available at major research universities and provides a more personal atmosphere. Module groups are limited to 12 students, so students and faculty form friendships that will help students excel at college.
A Memorable and Fun Experience
Although SpartaNature is a course, the 4-day schedule allows time for students to socialize and enjoy the recreational options at Kellogg Biological Station and Gull Lake, and the on-campus portion is designed specifically so that it will not be burdensome as students acclimate to university life.