The Intersection of Physics and Philosophy

“So originally, there was this idea of, oh, well, maybe the physical world behaves strangely; that things that are distant from each other can still have kind of a special connection.” – Gregg Jaeger This idea, which has its roots in work done at Boston University, was recognized on an international scale last year when […]

2023 Capstone Award Winners

On October 20, the Boston University College of General Studies celebrated the outstanding students who received awards for the Capstone projects they completed last May. The Capstone project is a 50-page research paper that CGS students complete in their sophomore year. Students draw on two years of interdisciplinary studies, working together as a team to synthesize […]

2022 Capstone Award Winners

On October 21, the Boston University College of General Studies celebrated the outstanding students who received awards for the Capstone projects they completed last May. The Capstone project is a 50-page research paper that CGS students complete in their sophomore year. Students draw on two years of interdisciplinary studies, working together as a team to […]

2021 Faculty and Alumni Awards

During Alumni Weekend, the College of General Studies honored this year’s faculty and alumni award recipients in a virtual ceremony. Dean Natalie McKnight presented the following awards: The Outstanding Service Award, which recognizes service to the college above and beyond the call of duty was awarded to John Regan The Peyton Richter Award, which honors […]

A Look at Undergraduate Research: Covid-19’s Impact on the Airline Industry

By Julia Allard Since its outbreak, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit many industries hard, but few were more negatively impacted than air travel. Due to travel restrictions and widespread anxiety among consumers, many airlines struggled to fill seats during the first several months of the pandemic.  Intrigued by the effects of the pandemic in this […]

A Look at Undergraduate Research: Boston’s Last Surviving Salt Marsh

By Meghan Bohannon Several hundred years ago, when colonists ventured into the Boston area, they came across land sprawling with wetlands, mudflats, and salt marshes. Since then, much of the area has been filled in with landfill to build the city we know today. But though the urban landscape of Boston has changed dramatically over […]

Q&A: CGS’s new minor in Interdisciplinary Studies

This spring, the College of General Studies announced its first minor in Interdisciplinary Studies. The program is open to all BU students, whether they’re CGS students who want to expand the problem-solving skills they’ve developed in their freshmen and sophomore years, or undergraduates from any other school at BU looking to build a foundation in […]

Students present undergraduate research projects

The Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning offers undergraduates an opportunity to partner with College of General Studies faculty on research projects. During the Undergraduate Research Forum on Feb. 4, seven students presented their research to Mike Gould, the donor that made that work possible. Gould said to the students, he “wants people to grow and thought this would be an opportunity to challenge yourself.” 

Bulletin of Marine Science Shares Research From Lobster Conference

The Bulletin of Marine Science has devoted its July 2018 issue to the research presented at an international conference on lobster biology and management. The conference was co-organized by College of General Studies Senior Lecturer Kari Lavalli.

Is the Universe a Computer?

Is the universe a “giant quantum computer” or a “cellular automaton”? Are we really living in a Matrix world—made up of tiny bits of information that the universe is continually processing on a grand scale? Associate Professor Gregg Jaeger puts this conception of the universe to a critical analysis.