Science Programs at Lake Forest College

Science at Lake Forest College

Everything comes next.

Department of Biology

Biology majors don’t just learn facts about living things, they learn how to be scientists. More details >>

Science of Lake Forest College in Biology.

Biology majors don’t just learn facts about living things, they learn how to be scientists. This means they can often be found in the lab, actively engaged in research with faculty. Students have exciting opportunities for internships and research at world-class Chicago institutions. Biology students are well-trained by hypothesis-driven coursework. While a major or minor in biology is great preparation for postgraduate training in academic research or the health professions, our students also become competitive graduates and professionals in industry and fields like environmental policy, education and museum administration. View our Department Site >>

Bill Hartman

Retreaving lab data for a research project

Spotlight: Environmental Studies

Department of Chemistry

Chemistry is at the heart of fields like medicine.
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Science of Lake Forest College in Chemistry.

Students who major or minor in chemistry work alongside faculty with research-grade technology to analyze and understand the world from atoms to industry. Chemistry students spend time in the lab and in the field, using such tools as a capillary gas chromatograph or a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer as they approach research as varied as human biochemistry and climate change. Chemistry is at the heart of fields like medicine, and faculty in the Chemistry Department encourage students to examine how chemistry is critical in other disciplines. View our Department Site >>

Field Research

This student records her sample gathered from Lake Michigan.

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Department of Computer Science

“The computer was born to solve problems that did not exist before.” -Bill Gates
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Computer Science at Lake Forest College.

From the conceptual and analytical skills students gain in upper-level math courses to the practical skills student learn in computer programming, our students are well prepared for careers and advanced study in a number of fields. Students also find natural collaborations among the sciences and with art and communication technologies. Concepts and techniques of mathematics and computer science play a vital role in everyday life. The curriculum and other activities of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science reflect this.
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Wrigley Field

Computer Science students program their robots according to their needs

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Department of Neuroscience

Our students are exploring brain function and addressing current ideas regarding thought, behavior, and neuropathology. More Details >>

The Lake Forest education in Neuroscience

Combining the study of psychology with biology, few subjects integrate the sciences better than neuroscience, one of the fastest growing areas in science. Our students are exploring brain function and addressing current ideas regarding thought, behavior, and neuropathology. Neuroscience students pursue independent original research with faculty on topics as diverse as neural plasticity, human memory, applied cognitive psychology, child development, evolution of animal behavior, neurodegenerative disease, cellular physiology, and the genetics of organ development.
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Collaboration

Imitated brain surgery in one of the Neuroscience classes

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Department of Mathematics

“Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.” -Albert Einstein
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Mathematics at Lake Forest College

From the conceptual and analytical skills students gain in upper-level math courses to the practical skills student learn in computer programming, our students are well prepared for careers and advanced study in a number of fields. Students also find natural collaborations among the sciences and with art and communication technologies. Concepts and techniques of mathematics and computer science play a vital role in everyday life. The curriculum and other activities of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science reflect this.
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Chicago Cultural Center

Discussions about math problems take place even after the class period ends

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Department of Physics

In physics, we embrace the physical dimensions in space and time.
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The Lake Forest education in Physics

In physics, we embrace the physical dimensions in space and time, from the smallest subatomic particles to the universe, from the slow drift of continents to the speed of light, from absolute zero to stellar temperatures, from low-frequency radio waves to gamma rays. We believe responsible citizens strive to understand the fundamental concepts of physics in order to make wise decisions about science and society. We offer courses and research opportunities in electrical or mechanical engineering, pre-med, and even for artists who want to make holograms.
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An experiment in process