The place of basic sciences in schools of agriculture is unquestioned. As a former chairman of one of these sciences, the writer has long felt that "basic sciences" might better be called "bridge sciences" in order to emphasize a primary obligation, to meet students at their individual levels and to carry them to or near the applications. Departments of these sciences, within professional schools, are not training specialists in the sciences: they are fortifying professional people in one angle of the professions. The term "bridge science" describes this function:"basic sciences" suggests and all too often describes too strong an academic outlook. In microbiology, for example, the stress, academic or applied, is likely to depend heavily on the teacher's outlook. Though a member of a professional school, the microbiologist may pay too much obeisance to cellular theory, taxonomy, and microbial genetics. On the other hand, his counterpart on the general campus is likely to capitalize on the popular appeal of the applied.



basic sciences, bridging sciences

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