Bowdoin Science Experience

Bowdoin Science Experience (BSE) is a program committed to developing the talents of all students interested in science and mathematics—especially those from groups underrepresented in the sciences—including students of color, women, and first-generation college students.


The primary goal of this orientation program is to provide an effective head-start to science or math careers while learning about a wide range of campus resources and discussing study strategies and course offerings. BSE offers students the opportunity to gain early insights into science and math at Bowdoin, become familiar with faculty, the campus, and build a network of peers.

In 2018, under the THRIVE initiative, BSE integrated student mentors to fully support and engage first year students participating in BSE. Throughout the first year, the program offers ongoing advising, support, and activities, such as lunches, dinners, academic enrichment programming and social outings.