Science is not just information to learn; it is a process and way of thinking. The natural sciences form a set of theories, methods, and data for understanding the world in which we live.
Students engage deeply in interdisciplinary problem-solving, emphasizing real-world issues and often situating student research at the interfaces of the sciences, for instance, between chemistry and biology or environment.
Students at Hampshire take advantage of chemistry courses on this campus andthroughout the Five College consortium, studying various aspects of chemical sciences ranging from analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, and environmental chemical processes to biochemistry.
We have incorporated into our curriculum recent advances in analytical chemistry and offer one of the top liberal arts college chemical instrumentation laboratories, facilitating research in many interdisciplinary sciences including environmental science, biology, sustainable agriculture, geology, and many health science fields.
Sample First-Year Course
Why are most grass and tree leaves green, carrots orange, and cornflowers blue? Why are blue jays blue, flamingos pink, and frogs green? And what about squid? Their color depends on their need to protect themselves how does that work? How does an object we look at take on a color our brains tell us we are seeing? What does color have to do with nutrition? This course will start with chemical descriptions and experiments concerning color, and we will then have a series of guest lecturers to give the physicist's, biologists's, and psychologist's understandings of and perspectives on color. Animals and leaves that change color according to outside stimuli, the chemical and physiological basis for color vision, and the interaction between color, food, and mood are some of the specific topics we will explore.
Sample Courses at Hampshire
- Analytical Chemistry
- Bioorganic Chemistry
- Building a Greener Future
- Chemistry I, II
- Drugs in the Nervous System
- Environmental Chemistry
- Molecular Biology: How Genes Express Themselves
- Neuro-psychopharmacology: Pills and Personality
- Organic Chemistry I, II
- Pesticide Alternatives
- Physics and Chemistry of the Environment
- Physical Organic Chemistry
- Pollution and Our Environment
- Research in Nutrition and Pollution
- Biology and Chemistry of Fat
Through the Consortium
- Advanced Inorganic Chemistry (MHC)
- Advanced Organic Chemistry (UMass)
- Bioanalytical Chemistry (UMass)
- Chemical Thermodynamics (MHC)
- Fundamental Principles of Chemistry (AC)
- Molecules, Genes & Cells (AC)
- Physical Chemistry (SC)
- Quantum Chemistry (AC)
- Topics in Biochemistry (SC)
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.
Tuition fees per semester: $25,500
About this institute
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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