Why Study Natural Sciences at New College?
The freedom to pursue your own special interests and goals, the opportunity to take a more interdisciplinary approach to the sciences, and the ability work alongside a broad sampling of our highly-acclaimed faculty are three reasons why students choose our Natural Sciences AOC.
From chemistry to physics, biology to mathematics, and bioinformatics to computational science, our Natural Sciences AOC offers you the opportunity to work with your faculty advisor in designing a curriculum that merges coursework from a broad range of fields into an AOC that is as unique and flexible as you are. This broad-based approach works well for students looking to pursue careers in fields where knowledge of the sciences and the methods of scientific inquiry are desirable but where highly specialized knowledge is not as important.
An additional benefit to our Natural Sciences AOC is that it allows students to take classes with our expert faculty from a wide variety of disciplines. For example, one of our physics professors was recently awarded a $1.7 million grant from the United States government to fund her research on nanoparticles, while a professor in physical chemistry received a large grant from the U.S. Navy for his research on microwave spectroscopy. A biology professor received funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of a research team exploring gene networks and endosperm development in maize, and a professor in biochemistry received NSF funding for her research on animal development and gene expression. As a major in Natural Sciences, you have an opportunity to take classes, as available, with each of these faculty members, as well as others who are widely published and regarded in their fields.