A Closer Look at the Sciences at Purchase College - Westchester Business Journal, April 14th, 2008
Sciences at Purchase (pdf)
Bachelor’s degrees are offered in 13 different science
majors including anthropology, biology, biochemistry,
chemistry, economics, environmental studies, mathematics
and computer science, media, society and
arts, political science, psychology, sociology and two
interdisciplinary majors — new media (offered in collaboration
with the School of the Arts) and women’s
studies (offered in collaboration with the School of
Humanities). Faculty members in the natural and
social sciences also collaborate across disciplines in
four programs that offer minors: Asian studies, global
black studies, Latin American studies and lesbian
and gay studies.
Although most students study the general curriculum
within their majors, some focus their majors
through concentrations. The business economics
concentration is designed for students who plan to
enter the business world or apply for a M.B.A. program.
Biology students have seven different concentrations
to choose from, depending upon their areas
of interest. Psychology students can concentrate in
psychobiology or developmental psychology. And
there are three concentrations offered in sociology.
The premedical studies program is designed for
undergraduate students as well as for those who
already hold a bachelor’s degree in another field and
need to prepare for medical or veterinary school.
Purchase has a National Institutes of Health
Bridges to Baccalaureate program, a national model,
to help underrepresented minority and low-income
students in community colleges transition to a fouryear
program in the sciences. Through additional federal
and private funding, students at six community
colleges now have the opportunity to study science at
Purchase. Among the students who have entered the
program, 71 percent are completing their bachelor’s
degrees and 33 percent are pursuing post-baccalaureate
All science classes, from introduction to psychology
to cellular and molecular techniques, are taught
by faculty who are accomplished researchers and
scholars. Our faculty in the 11 core science programs
all hold Ph.D.s and encourage learning by doing in
both the lab and the field.
This hands-on philosophy culminates in the senior
year, when each student completes a yearlong
research project under the close supervision of a faculty
mentor. The projects are presented at the annual
Student Research Symposium.
Many students at Purchase travel to national scientific
meetings to present their research. They also
co-author published papers with their faculty sponsors
in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
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