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School of Natural Science

Hampshire College Students Working in a Science Lab

Of Mice and Mastocytosis

Using mouse cells, Avalon Mercado researches a rare heritable disease 

Of Mice and Mastocytosis

The School of Natural Science (NS) strives to provide a transformative, student-centered education based on inquiry and collaboration.

Areas of study in NS include


In the Cole Science Center (CSC) students have access to lab facilities, including those dedicated to chemistry, endocrinology, physics, ecology, and molecular biology; a greenhouse; and the Collaborative Modeling Center. Computers are available for student use in several classrooms and include a wide range of software. The 650-acre Farm Center supports research in agriculture, animal behavior, genetics, reproductive physiology, and related fields.

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.

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