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Sciences

The Sciences Division at Antioch College offers three B.S. majors (Biomedical Science, Environmental Science, and Self-Designed) where students learn foundational concepts of science in a setting that blends experiential learning, intellectual rigor, and transferable technical skills. Our programs feature small classes and newly renovated labs, with lots of faculty interaction and opportunities to investigate new areas of interest. Antioch College science students learn the tools of the trade of the Sciences: how to make systematic observations, develop hypothesis-driven questions, investigate and critique relevant literature, write research project proposals, and complete a wide variety of projects using on- and off-campus resources.

The Sciences experience at Antioch is strengthened by outstanding Co-operative Education (Co-op) opportunities that allow students to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom to the “real world”, and to bring those Co-op experiences back to campus to inform their academic programs. Simply put, well-chosen Co-op experiences can accelerate student success in transformative ways. Co-op jobs are diverse and interesting opportunities for student learning and growth. Examples of Co-op jobs in the Sciences include: interning at the City of Dayton Water Quality Lab, working as a Marine Educator at the ForFar Field Station in the Bahamas, interning in various doctor’s offices and medical colleges, and working as a veterinary assistant rehabilitating injured animals.

Our programs encourage students to connect with their passions through independent work that builds on a strong foundation of courses. One hundred percent of our full-time faculty have terminal degrees in their fields, and many of them work with students to offer Independent Studies (SCI 299) and Independent Research courses (SCI 297/397), so that students can work to pursue topics in greater depth. We have outstanding assets used by faculty and students for teaching and research, such as Glen Helen Nature Preserve, The Antioch Farm, renewable energy systems (1 MW solar array and geothermal field), and well-supplied laboratories, field equipment, and computer labs.

Senior Science Research Projects reflect the diverse interests and abilities of our students. The Division is committed to supporting student work by providing opportunities to fund student projects. We proudly celebrate the achievements of our Science majors with a public research forum, and encourage sharing project outcomes with the public.

 

Majors in the Sciences

All majors in the sciences lead to the Bachelor of Science degree.

Biomedical Science // Environmental Science // Self-Designed

 

Student Success Stories

Biomedical Science major

  • Jordan Berley ’16 has been conducting diabetes research as a technician at City of Hope in Los Angeles, preparing for her PCAT, and looking ahead to Pharmacy School.

  • Melissa Rudie '17 is entering a Marian University a Master’s Program, then hopes to be admitted to the Medical School after one year. Read more about Melissa and the research she undertook at Antioch here.

Environmental Science major

  • Julia Honchel ’16 is currently working a Food Systems Analyst at the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, a non-profit in Yellow Springs Ohio.

  • Rian Lawrence ’17 will be working this summer with the State Department in Sri Lanka, and will begin her graduate studies in the fall of 2017 as a Gates Cambridge Scholar in Oxford at the University of Cambridge.

  • Elias Pitasky '17 is moving to Seattle to work at an Environmental Consulting firm in the summer of 2017, and later in the year will begin his service in the Peace Corps in Ecuador.

  • Steven Taylor ’17 is joining SCA Massachusetts Americorps in the fall of 2017 as an Environmental Educator in the Berkshire Mountain region of Western Mass.

 

Co-ops in the Sciences

Science-related Co-op jobs may involve:

 

Special Topics in the Sciences

Special Topics courses offered by the Sciences division over the last two years:

SCI 101 Foundational Topics in Sciences: From Atoms to Pharmaceuticals Ethics

SCI 270 Special Topics in Sciences: Applications of Geographic Information Systems

SCI 270 Special Topics in Sciences: Introduction to Programing

SCI 270 Special Topics in Sciences: Applications of Geographic Information Systems

SCI 370 Special Topics in Sciences: Medicinal Chemistry

SCI 370 Special Topics in Sciences: Climate Change Biology

SCI 370 Special Topics in Sciences: Biological Physics

SCI 370 Special Topics in Sciences: Computational Modeling Simulation in Science

SCI 370 Special Topics: Introduction to Professional Practice in Biomedical Sciences