Science and Mathematics

Most science and math classes are held in the Dickinson Science Building, which is fully equipped with classrooms and labs for astronomy, biology, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, mathematics, and physics. Among the many pieces of equipment in Dickinson are a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectrometer, ion chromatograph, XY plate reader, and fluorescence research microscope.

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Active biologists, chemists, physicists, astronomers, and mathematicians make up the science and mathematics faculty at Bennington. Not only are they making meaningful contributions to their respective fields, they’re often conducting research right here on campus—inviting students to join them in their work.

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We built a trebuchet

How do you measure the effect of wind resistance on the range equation? Bennington students built a trebuchet to find out.

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14 Students, 1 Biologist, Lots and Lots of Fish

Bennington College biology faculty member Betsy Sherman took 14 students to the Cayman Islands for Field Work Term, in conjunction with her class Field Course in Coral Reef Biology. Students became certified scuba divers and gained first-hand experience studying coral reef fish biodiversity, collecting collecting valuable data to be used for research studies and governmental policy.

–All photos and video by Betsy Sherman.

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Bennington students enter through doors marked “?” instead of “101.”

Astronomy. Biology. Chemistry. Computing. Earth Science. Mathematics. Physics.

The researcher, the policy student grappling with environmental problems, the artist who wants to understand the physics of light and color—all these may find themselves in the same classroom. Bennington science and mathematics students work closely with active professional scientists, have full access to well equipped research facilities and labs, and graduate as sophisticated researchers and perceptive critics.

As a science or math student at Bennington, you structure your studies around the questions that interest you most. Your practice and discussion of science takes place in the field, in the lab, and in small, rigorous seminars. In your first year, you are likely to find yourself designing and executing original research projects and working alongside faculty on their own research.