More than 720 Carthage students students are majoring in the natural sciences — a number that has doubled in the last five years. The Natural Science departments serve every student on campus.
Faculty and Programs
More than 34 full-time faculty teach in nine fields of study: biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, entrepreneurial studies, geography and earth science, mathematics, neuroscience, and physics and astronomy.
Between 2007 and 2011, the number of students majoring in biology grew 77 percent; the number of students majoring in computer science increased 88 percent. Neuroscience has seen a 67-percent increase in majors, while physics now serves 58 percent more students.
Carthage is one of just two schools in the country selected to participate in NASA’s Systems Engineering Educational Discovery program for all eight years of the program’s existence. The Carthage Microgravity Team continues to conduct research for NASA.
Carthage has the nation’s oldest undergraduate technical entrepreneurship program. Founded in 1994, the ScienceWorks program has propelled hundreds of Carthage undergraduates beyond traditional post-graduate options and into areas that are entrepreneurial or innovative in nature.
Carthage is among the best in the country at preparing undergraduate physics students for careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to the American Institute of Physics.
Natural Sciences faculty at Carthage have received more than $1.14 million in funded grants in the last five years.