In an era of remarkable scientific creativity and discovery, we recognize that training in the latest scientific knowledge is necessary, but not sufficient, to prepare future leaders in science and medicine. We must also prepare students to make intellectual connections across contexts, to adapt ideas to new situations, and to address ill-structured problems in multidisciplinary teams. We must prepare them to be integrative learners.

The science and math faculty at Carleton College aspire to help students learn to transfer, apply, and synthesize their classroom learning into a coherent and usable body of knowledge. We provide multiple opportunities for students to practice using this knowledge in research, teaching, and real-world problem solving.

Science Facilities: looking ahead

Carleton is in the final stages of planning an integrated science center, which will support collaboration, student-faculty research, and interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving, by providing enhanced and interdisciplinary research spaces that are also integrated with teaching spaces. The integrated science center will house Astronomy, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Geology, Neuroscience, Physics, and Psychology. The facility

The project involves replacing Mudd Hall with new construction, which will seamlessly interface with Olin and Hulings Halls. The new construction will be 48% larger than the current footprint of Mudd. In addition, at least 80% of Olin and 25% of Hulings will be renovated, including a complete upgrade of the mechanical systems of both buildings. The facility is designed to have a net zero impact on energy consumption, and it will house Carleton's new geothermal energy plant. 

Find more information, including floor plans and renderings of the integrated science center.