This major is a convergence of many scientific fields, including modern biological chemistry, cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, botany and biology. It covers most of the requirements for the Medical College Admission Test. Your experience is defined not only by the quality of research facilities (ours are new, clean and well-equipped) but also by your relationships with peers and faculty. Labs are capped at 14 students, allowing for maximum interaction, instruction and sharing of ideas. Small classes mean you also gain experience with oral presentations and scientific writing in a research-oriented atmosphere. By the time you graduate, you will be proficient in the use of computers to model chemical systems and control lab instruments.
You spend a lot of time working with professors on innovative research in their fields. We view teaching and research with students as a single unified activity. You might spend your summers working with faculty through the Keck Foundation program or a fellowship funded by the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health. Many students co-author articles in scientific journals with professors and present their work at major research seminars in the United States and abroad. Some go overseas to continue their research, participating in an ongoing collaboration with scientists at the University of Bologna.
Study abroad for a semester or participate in one of the College's own Study Away Teach Away (SATA) programs. Through SATA, you travel to destinations like South Africa or Italy and take classes with a Connecticut College professor and faculty at local universities.