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Learning Science By Doing Science

  • If you decide to become a Hope College science student, you will have the option to major in one or more of our eight departments: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geological & Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Nursing and Physics. Or you can create a composite major from different departments. With a Bachelors of Science or a Bachelors of Arts degree from Hope College, you will be well prepared for graduate school for an advanced degree, or professional training in education, medicine, dentistry, health professions, law school, for example. Or like many of our graduates, you could go directly into the job market.

  • At Hope College you will Learn Science By Doing Science! This might involve undergraduate research opportunities with state-of-the-art research instrumentation in a laboratory setting. You will certainly spend many hours in a teaching laboratory supervised by a faculty member. Even our non-majors courses require a hands-on laboratory component involving scientific observation and discovery.

  • At Hope College, we place an emphasis on student-faculty collaborative research. This is the long-standing hallmark of the Natural Sciences Division and it leads to many science students choosing Hope over institutions where graduate student research is the focus. For example, over 50% of the space here is devoted to student-faculty research. Funded by many external grants, last summer we had more than 170 science students doing research at Hope College. If you do summer research with us, you will get paid about $3600 for 10 weeks in the summer. The summer research experience involves intense work in the labs during the days, while evenings are often spent out at the beach and attending various social events. For the past two years, Hope College has been the only Liberal Arts college in the country with 6 Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs funded by the National Science Foundation

  • Another result of this unique emphasis on research is the extensive array of cutting-edge research equipment routinely operated by undergraduates and their faculty mentors. This instrumentation is used not only in our research labs but in our teaching as well. You will become a scientist by "doing science." For example, if you are preparing for a career in medicine, you will actually have hands-on experience with sophisticated instrumentation before you reach medical school. If you go into education as a career, you will leave Hope College with enough practical experience to teach others with confidence and enthusiasm.

  • The faculty has a diverse array of research interests. Check out each professor's specific concentrations here!

  • You will find there is extensive faculty - student interaction at Hope College. Classes are kept small; labs have no more than 24 students and are taught by a faculty member. Research experiences are built around small teams working closely with their faculty mentor. Faculty are readily available outside of class for advising, homework help and preparing research results for presentation.

  • Being a Christian institution, you will find that students at Hope College will freely discuss how and why they pursue science and the impact of science on society.

  • Bottom line: When you graduate from Hope College as a science major, you will be in demand! Graduate schools, industrial and government labs seek our science graduates to the extent that in all departments guest speakers visit regularly at their own expense to recruit our seniors. Check out our many prominent science alumni on our web site