Carthage’s new science center to open in Fall 2015
Our excellence in the natural sciences demands a facility to match. Carthage’s new science center will offer even greater opportunity for innovative science education, and further advance our commitment to exceptional research experiences for undergraduates. Scroll down to see construction images!
“The future of undergraduate science education is being created right here and right now at Carthage.” — President Gregory Woodward
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Carthage’s new $43 million science center will increase classroom and laboratory space by 40 percent, provide state-of-the-art facilities for study in the natural sciences, and provide new ways for students and faculty to collaborate on forefront research. The project includes a major renovation of the 70,000-square-foot David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Natural and Social Sciences, and a new 35,000-square-foot wing to the south and east, embracing the center’s lakeside location.
“With this new construction, Carthage will have one of the most up-to-date, advanced, and attractive undergraduate science buildings in America,” said Carthage President Gregory Woodward. “The future of undergraduate science education is being created right here and right now at Carthage.”
Student Focused Facility
The new science center will offer:
Twelve new interdisciplinary laboratories for research in such pioneering areas as materials science, nanotechnology, engineering design, molecular biology, and atomic microscopy.
Collaborative learning areas outside classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices where students and professors can gather for informal discussions, continued learning, and project work.
A two-story, glass-enclosed atrium for exhibits, public gatherings, student poster presentations, and planetarium shows.
Multidisciplinary teaching laboratories and TEAL (Technology Enhanced Active Learning) classrooms to allow expanded curricular integration across the sciences and to encourage student-focused pedagogy.
A stepped seating area with advanced media capabilities.
An outdoor classroom overlooking Lake Michigan with natural stone seating.
Glass-walled classrooms and laboratories to allow students and visitors to see science on display.
Creating the Future of Science
“The natural sciences always have been a strength at Carthage, but the quality of our programs in the natural sciences has really exploded in the last 10 years,” said Brad Andrews, Senior Vice President for Student Success and Strategic Enrollment. From internships and undergraduate research, to exploring genomes, to working with NASA, the quality of the experiences students have at Carthage makes this an exciting time to be in the natural sciences.”
In the last decade, the percentage of Carthage graduates who have a degree in a natural science has doubled, along with the percentage of incoming students interested in majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, geography, mathematics, neuroscience, or physics.
“This new facility will enable our faculty, our students, and our curriculum to reach even greater heights,” Mr. Andrews said.
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More construction photos on Flickr:
- December construction
- November construction
- October construction
- September construction
- Summer construction
Did You Know?
- The Division of Natural Sciences at Carthage currently has more than 720 science majors — a number that has doubled in the last five years. In addition, the Division serves every student on campus, as all Carthage students must take 8 credits in the natural sciences.
- Carthage is among the best in the country at preparing undergraduate physics students for careers in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), according to the American Institute of Physics.
- Carthage has the nation’s oldest undergraduate technical entrepreneurship program. Founded in 1994, the ScienceWorks program has propelled hundreds of Carthage graduates beyond traditional postgraduate options and into entrepreneurial and innovative areas.
- The architect for the new science center is Stantec, a firm known internationally for its science buildings and student life centers in higher education. Carthage worked with Stantec (then Burt Hill) on the Campbell Student Union, completed in August 2011.
- The new science center utilizes the lake as a natural focal point. “The lake is symbolic of the division’s emphasis on interdisciplinary, grand challenges in science: energy, fresh water, the brain, the cosmos, climate change,” explained Prof. Kevin Crosby, chair of the Division of Natural Sciences. “It provides us with a way to re-envision our curriculum around these societal challenges.”
- Learn more about how the new science center will transform science education at Carthage
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