Choosing the right College can be both challenging and thrilling. Your college years are a time for you to learn, explore career options, make life-long friends and grow as a person. Here at Belmont we excel at developing personal relationships with our students and providing opportunities for them to engage hands-on in the process of science.
As an undergraduate College, all of our classes, labs, recitation sessions, etc. are taught by our faculty; over 90% hold terminal degrees in their field. More importantly, our faculty are dedicated to providing rich, rewarding and rigorous educational experiences for students in a small-class setting. Our faculty work hard to craft classes and labs that empower students to excel in a subject while exploring how that subject fits into a broader understanding of how nature works.
Learning about science and doing science, while complementary, require different skill sets. We believe that the best way to integrate knowledge learned in the classroom and develop the critical and creative thinking skills needed in today’s world is through participation in experiential learning activities like fundamental scientific research, internships, study abroad and service learning. Therefore, most students within the college participate in a faculty-mentored research project, internship or other experiential learning project. These experiences are valuable in exploring career paths and broadening student’s perspectives while also making them more attractive to professional and graduate programs and potential employers.
Research opportunities within the college have been greatly enhanced with the construction of the new Janet Ayers Academic Center. The college now boasts dedicated research space with state-of-the-art instrumentation that supports teaching and research in areas ranging from nanotechnology, chemical synthesis, and human perception to data analytics, actuarial science and animal behavior to name just a few. Learn more about our facilities.
Degrees in sciences and mathematics yield excellent career prospects. These plans of study prepare you for a successful career in a variety of fields including nanoscience, solar technology, biochemistry and health-related fields (pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-veterinary and pre-pharmacy). According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, over the past 10 years, growth in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) jobs was three times as fast as growth in non-STEM jobs. In addition, workers in these areas earn up to 26% higher wages, than non-STEM jobs.