The new Science Center will enhance already outstanding programs in science education and research by providing the best possible facilities and promoting strong interdisciplinary connections. The spectacular design will stimulate curiosity and build community, while also setting a new standard on campus for green buildings.
—Biddy Martin, 19th President of Amherst College
In 2018, Amherst will have completed a spectacular new interdisciplinary Science Center with state-of-the art teaching and research facilities. The growing significance of science, technology, and math has boosted their popularity among students and reinforced their relevance to an Amherst education. During the past 15 years, enrollments in our science classes have increased by 53 percent, and the College has introduced two new science degrees. Amherst offers opportunities for undergraduate science students to work closely with their professors, participate in hands-on research, and even become co-authors on scientific journal articles.
A New Campus Hub
In addition to upgrading our science infrastructure, the Science Center will offer additional classrooms and gathering spaces that can be used by faculty and students from all over the campus. With its inviting exterior, large and functional main commons, visible research labs, surrounding gardens, and many areas for casual interaction, the Science Center will draw together the sciences and the wider College community.