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Les Sciences À Paris

The Sciences à Paris (SAP) option is designed explicitly to support students in the sciences, mathematics and engineering. Coursework, research opportunities, and tutoring are combined into a customized curriculum enabling science students to experience the rich scientific traditions of France, acquire competence in French, and experience the practice of science in an international context. Students with at least one year of college-level French or the equivalent are invited to apply.

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Sample Trajectories

The SAP curriculum can be tailored for students who have had one or two years of college level French. The following are two examples of what students can study:

Track 1

Track 1 illustrates a possible path for students coming to the SAP program with at least two years of college French (or its equivalent).

See fall and spring semesters

Fall Semester

  • Orientation (1 credit)
  • Smith in Paris French Language Course (4 credits)
  • Technical Vocabulary and Converstion Tutorial (1 credit)
  • Les Sciences: Une Approche Comparée Seminar (3 credits)
  • Two electives (Smith in Paris, Consortium, or Paris VII courses) (8 credits)

Spring Semester

  • Smith in Paris French Language Course (4 credits)
  • Research and Methodology Seminar (1 credit)
  • Independent Study (4 credits)
  • Two electives (Smith in Paris, Consortium, or Paris VII courses) (8 credits)

Track 2

Track 2 illustrates a possible path for students coming to the SAP program with one year of college French (or its equivalent).

See fall and spring semesters

Fall Semester

  • Orientation (1 credit)
  • Intensive French Language Course at Sorbonne (8 credits)
  • Technical Vocabulary and Converstion Tutorial (1 credit)
  • Les Sciences: Une Approche Comparée Seminar (3 credits)
  • One elective (Smith in Paris, Consortium, or Paris VII courses) (4 credits)

Spring Semester

  • French Language course at the Smith in Paris Center or the Sorbonne (4-8 credits)
  • Research and Methodology Seminar (1 credit)
  • Independent Study (4 credits)
  • One or two electives (Smith in Paris, Consortium, or Paris VII courses) (4-8 credits)

Possible Course Options

Biology

  • Organismal Biology and Biodiversity
  • Ecology and Population Biology
  • Comparative Biology and Evolution
  • Neurobiology and Behavior
  • Cell Biology
  • Systems Biology
  • Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Chemistry

  • Applied Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Physical Chemistry and Thermodynamics
  • Theoretical Chemistry

Mathematics

  • Algebra
  • Analysis
  • Geometry
  • Discrete Math
  • Applied Math
  • Stats

Earth Science

  • Paleontology and Earth History
  • Structure and Tectonics
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Sedimentary Systems
  • Geophysics

Additional information about the SAP program and some of the opportunities the program offers can be found here.