About this program
Biological and Life Sciences
The natural sciences form a set of theories, methods, and data for understanding the world in which we live. Science is not just information to learn; it is a process and way of thinking.
Biology and life science students at Hampshire take advantage of courses on campus and throughout the Five College consortium, studying various aspects of natural science, from ecology and evolution to physiology and immunology.
Students engage deeply in interdisciplinary problem solving, emphasizing real-world issues and often situating student research at the interfaces of the sciences, between, for instance, physics and biology or human health and the environment.
Sample First-Year Course
The Unknown Microbial Majority
Ten billion bacteria live in a mere pinch of soil. They represent thousands of species and directly affect the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients and wastes in every ecosystem on earth. Yet 99 percent are unknown to science. Students in this course will shed light upon this mysterious microbial majority through discussions based on their reading of the scientific research literature emphasizing molecular, genetic, physiological, and ecological knowledge. In addition, semester-long field and laboratory-based research projects will utilize modern molecular methods of analysis for assessing microbial diversity. Students will help design and carry out these research projects, develop skills at the laboratory bench, see the value of working closely in small groups, and spend time thinking about and practicing science.
Sample Courses at Hampshire
- Advanced Skeletal Biology
- Agriculture, Food, and Human Health
- Aliens: Close Encounters of a Multidisciplinary Kind
- The Biology and Sociology of Sports
- Ever Since Darwin
- Evolutionary Biology
- Gene Cloning
- Human Biological Variation
- Kitchen Ecology
- Law, Identity, and Bioscience
- Mathematical Biology
- Neurophysiological Mechanisms
- Physical Organic Chemistry
- Plant Biology
- Science and Religion: The History and
- Philosophy of an Uneasy Relationship
- Sex on the Brain: Gender, Sex, and Biology
- The Unknown Microbial Majority
- Tropical Ecology
Through the Consortium
- Biology of Social Issues (UMass)
- Cell Biology (SC)
- Developmental Biology (AC)
- Diversity of Life (MHC)
- General Genetics (UMass)
- Genetics, Genomics, and Evolution (SC)
- Genome Biology (AC)
- Organismal Biology (MHC)
- Pests, Plagues, and Profligates (SC)
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.
Tuition fees per semester: $25,500
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Hampshire College is a small liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts that has been at the forefront of progressive higher education in the United States for over 50 years. Every Hampshire student designs a customized program of study in...
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