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Educational Experience

The learning environment in the School of Science is characterized by small classes, personalized attention from full-time faculty, and opportunities to conduct guided research or serve internships in real-world studies. Our laboratory facilities are open around the clock so that students can review laboratory materials or gather for group study in an environment conducive to learning.

Faculty members often return at night to lead optional review sessions, and most maintain an open-door policy to increase their availability to students. Each student is advised by a full-time faculty member, who helps plan course schedules and provides suggestions for co-curricular activities that will enhance the undergraduate experience.

The Science and Allied Health Building is home to undergraduate programs in Athletic Training, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, and Medical Laboratory Sciences, as well as graduate programs in Physician Assistant Studies and Physical Therapy. A simulation lab and observation room give students real-life experience with both live patients and medical manikins for treating patients and working in hospital environments with other professionals.

The greenhouse also supports faculty and student research projects investigating topics such as heavy metal exposure, effects of nanomaterials, plant reproductive ecology and plant physiological ecology. The miniature desert showcases cacti and succulents demonstrating a range of adaptations to different desert environments. The greenhouse is also included in classroom activities for Plant Biology, General Biology, Plant Physiology and Ecology and Medical Botany.

Marist's location on the Hudson River makes it an ideal location for the study of environmental science. The college maintains a laboratory in the Historic Cornell Boathouse on the river-front in addition to a monitoring station which pumps water from the river providing near real-time measurements of chemical and physical properties of the river.

In addition, the Hudson River Valley has many hospitals and healthcare facilities that offer fieldwork and internship placement opportunities. In Donnelly Hall, Biochemistry and Chemistry students work in newly-renovated teaching and research laboratories that include a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) room, computational chemistry space, and a student study suite.

Special Interest Housing: Students in P-STEM majors have the opportunity to apply for Special Interest Housing in our Living Learning Communities. In addition to living in close proximity to residents that have related coursework, these communities feature unique programming and faculty interaction throughout the academic year.

Internships (also known as field experiences or clinical experiences) are opportunities for students to apply the theoretical knowledge and skill learned in the classroom to practical, real world situations. Internships allow students to explore potential career paths, experience the workplace context, solve meaningful problems, build practical skills, and network with professionals in their fields of interest. Although most interns receive academic credit for such experiences, some (but not all) also may receive financial compensation.

Students in the School of Science benefit from small class sizes and close mentoring relationships with their faculty members. A central part of the learning experience is the opportunity to conduct scientific research with faculty, which often leads to the results being presented at conferences and published in academic journals. In this way, School of Science students prepare themselves for graduate school and professional careers.