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School of Natural Science

  A Hands-on Education
  a student working on a river

From the first semester, students working in Hampshire’s School of Natural Science engage in scientific and interdisciplinary problem solving.

  Dean of NS

Jason Tor is dean of the School of Natural Science and associate professor of microbiology. He has a broad research and teaching interest in soil microbiology and geomicrobiology.


Events today challenge scientists to address many interesting questions about climate change, vanishing species, dwindling water supplies, malnutrition, and technology. These demand new approaches at the interfaces of the sciences: for instance, between physics and biology or human health and the environment. The school's strengths include interdisciplinary study in environmental sciences, agricultural studies, and health sciences.

» Pathways
Students can--and do--concentrate in almost every branch of science, from astronomy and bioengineering to marine ecology and genetics.

Division III projects are substantial investigations that often result in publications or presentations at scientific meetings.

» Resources
Students have access to resources from labs furnished with research-grade equipment to a two-story solar greenhouse.

The 650-acre Farm Center supports research in agriculture, animal behavior, genetics, reproductive physiology, and related fields.

Courses and programs, including the Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program, use the Bioshelter, an integrated greenhouse and aquaculture facility.

The School of Natural Science's leadership in involving undergraduate students in original scientific research, and with research-level equipment, has been recognized with grants from the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Sherman-Fairchild Foundation.

Cole Science Center
Building hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

School of Natural Science Office
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cole Science Center, 3rd floor, rooms 310 and 311







Contact Us

School of Natural Science
Cole Science Center
Mail Code NS
Hampshire College
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Fax 413.559.5448

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