The renewal of Whittier’s Science & Learning Center will further the College’s momentum in the area of science, permitting faculty and students from diverse scientific disciplines to collaborate and explore in ways that only a modern facility permits.
With primary faculty offices and teaching space on the third floor, the more traditional science work conducted by the Departments of Biology and Chemistry will benefit from neighboring, cross-disciplinary programs in Psychology and the recently updated Kinesiology and Nutrition Science (KNS).
The intentional blending of these divisions via communal space will accelerate opportunity for collaborative projects, and encourage students—and faculty—to imagine beyond their major program or focus. “Clusters” of faculty offices or working labs, contiguous with large alcoves and open air spaces, will further enable blended teams and cooperative work.
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Across the humanities, natural and social sciences, classes and activities pair aspects of science and society, providing breadth of context and depth of material and building on core concepts of Whittier’s overall liberal arts curriculum. As a result, a growing number of students enhance their degree program with diverse minors, dual majors, or in senior capstone projects that reflect cross-disciplinary interests.
At Whittier, pyschology major Daniel Neverisky ’11 found a way to explore his interests in the intersection of molecular biology with human emotion and cognition. Taking part in two faculty-led research projects, Neverisky gained significant credentials on his resume that enabled his employment “48 hours after graduation,” in a research lab at UC Irvine. Building on his passion for interdisciplinary research, he was inspired to apply to grad programs in a variety of fields.
“I am very thankful for the research opportunities that were available to me at Whittier,” Neverisky says. “At the start of my sophomore year, I was invited by Prof. David Volckmann to [be part of a research team exploring] emotional imagery, covert attention, and verbal memory. Although I did not know it at the time, this experience set me on a lifelong pursuit of interdisciplinary research.”