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School of Science Science


ScienceStudents in Mary Baldwin’s School of Science have their pick of a wide variety of majors and minors and — thanks to planned renovations to Pearce Science Center — will soon have the opportunity to conduct graduate-level inquiries in four new interdisciplinary laboratories for collaborative research.

The Supramolecular Chemistry, Molecular Recognition, and Materials Chemistry suite will designate a home for independent senior research, allowing for more interaction between chemists and physicists. Providing centralized cellular and molecular biology work done with animal models and human cell lines, the Neuroscience and Cellular Signaling lab is designed to support greater interaction among faculty and students. The Behavioral and Developmental Studies center will bring together the study of behavior and development within laboratory settings with work focusing on, among other items, gender development in children; influences on female college students’ expectations for post-graduation work and family lives; and gender differences in emotional empathy expressed toward adversarial groups. Projects in the identification of estrogenic contaminants in water, water pollution monitoring in local Chesapeake Bay tributaries, and changing migratory patterns of tropical birds will be supported by theEnvironmental Systems Monitoring lab.

The School of Science also offers students the chance to network through honor societies, including Beta Beta Beta (Biology), Iota Sigma Pi (Chemistry), Psi Chi (Psychology), and Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics).