Ground Floor

Multi-dimensional learningAt Whittier, the natural and social science disciplines continue to surge in popularity. Responding to this student interest, and anticipating future employment trends, enhancements have been made in science based curricular programs to prepare students for a variety of professional roles, both traditional and non-traditional. Specialized research, STEM teaching, allied health, sports medicine, and sports psychology are just a few of the fields in which science majors—especially those trained in the liberal arts—are now highly desirable candidates.

Equally important, is to ensure a science facility that can grow and change along with the academic programs it serves. As ways of teaching hard and soft sciences change, via pedagogies and methodologies, so must the physical spaces be adaptable to new equipment, new configurations, and new requirements.

With flexible classroom space, a variety of research, teaching, and experimental laboratories, and state-of-the-art instruments available on virtually every floor of the new Science & Learning Center, students will have ample opportunity to experience the kind of multi-dimensional learning and to develop the professional-grade skill sets necessary to enter and advance in today’s competitive landscape.

Highlights

1 Lobby/Exhibition Space
3 Teaching Labs (wet and dry)
2 Research Labs (wet)
1 Conference Room
2 Flex Classrooms
1 Movement Lab

FACT: Biology, Kinesiology & Nutrition Science, and Psychology consistently place among the top five majors selected by Whittier undergraduates.

Two of the “newest” programs offered at Whittier—Environmental Science and the recently re-vamped Kinesiology and Nutrition Science, both of which will be largely housed on the ground floor—deliver curricula that is more interdisciplinary in nature. As a result, graduates from these programs enter a broad array of post-graduate programs and professions, in fields ranging from education to medicine, politics to nonprofits.

As an undergrad, Marshall LeMoine ’05 pursued a major in kinesiology with an emphasis in pre-Physical Therapy, additionally minoring in child development. The combination of studies allowed him to explore various career options, and by opting for additional college experiences via study abroad, as well as two consecutive internships in orthopedic clinics, he was well prepared to identify and focus on his ultimate career goals post-graduation.

After Whittier, LeMoine continued his studies in physical therapy, earning a doctorate (DPT) from Azusa Pacific University. Today, he is a clinical specialist with Kaiser Permanente and has, in addition, expanded his credentials with fellowships awarded in spine rehabilitation and movement science. LeMoine also serves as adjunct faculty in the physical therapy doctoral program at Azusa Pacific University.

Marshall LeMoine“Whittier’s Pre-Physical Therapy program is delivered through a liberal arts lens. As a result, I learned great communication and critical thinking skills, which now help me adjust to patient’s personalities and educational levels.”

Marshall LeMoine ’05, BA kinesiology, DPT, Azusa Pacific University
Current Occupation: Clinical specialist, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles