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Science at Beloit

Any way you measure it, Beloit College has been providing distinguished Professor Laura Parmentier assists a student in chemistry labeducation in the sciences for many years. We have a talented science faculty committed to both teaching and research. In fact, our science faculty has pioneered innovations in teaching that involves hands-on and collaborative learning in the classroom, laboratory, and field. These faculty (often working with students) are active in publishing, receiving research grants, speaking at conferences, accepting awards, and even launching start-up companies.

Why study Science at Beloit?

  • Beloit College's science majors go on to earn graduate degrees in record numbers.
  • Beloit is among the top 10 percent of private colleges producing graduates who earn Ph.D.'s in mathematics, physical, and life sciences.
  • Beloit ranks 11 among 519 private baccalaureate colleges in the nation in producing graduates who earn earth science Ph.D.'s.
  • Beloit College is a member of WiscAMP (Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation) that strives to make minority students successful in their Math/Science studies and career goals. These efforts provides several programs ‚Äčand eligible students are encouraged to participate.  Further details are on the Beloit College WiscAMP page.
  • Alumni scientists hold prominent positions in the scientific and medical community.
  • Many non-science majors pursue careers in which science plays a central role.

While our science faculty members focus on their majors, they also seek to inspire non-science majors to a high degree of scientific understanding. Such breadth is, after all, the hallmark of an excellent liberal arts college.

Beloit College is a national leader in reinventing science education. A big part of that reinvention involves enabling an experience-based approach, "learning science by doing science as scientists do it." Beloit faculty have been leaders in the following initiatives:

  • Providing opportunities for collaborative student-faculty research through Keck Geology Consortium;
  • Participating in the curriculum design and teacher training for Advanced Placement Physics, overseen by the College Board;
  • For over a decade, Beloit Physics faculty and current and former students have worked with the American Association of Physics Teachers on the production of tests and the selection and training of high school students from throughout the United States for the US Physics team, which sends five competitors annually to the International Physics Olympiad;
  • Paul Campbell (Mathematics and Computer Science) edits The UMAP Journal of Undergraduate Mathematics and Its Applications  which is devoted to mathematical modeling and applied mathematics at the undergraduate level, and has had Beloit students published in it; and
  • ChemLinks, a Beloit-based consortium of leading liberal arts colleges, which develops course materials that support scientific literacy in chemistry.