Alma College students don’t just observe — they innovate. At Alma, you will work with accomplished scientists and cutting-edge equipment to prepare for a rewarding life of exploration and discovery.
These are the majors of today and the careers of tomorrow. Learn, grow and experiment within our STEM majors and explore the research opportunities and hands-on learning experiences you can get from Alma.
Our small class sizes mean you will work side by side with our faculty experts to seek solutions to complex problems. Our graduates leave with a set of skills that help them understand the world and prepare for challenging and rewarding careers in the growing fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Your liberal arts education will not only prepare you to tackle problems within your major, but will challenge you to think critically and creatively about larger world issues and how they connect with your area of study.
Want to get a taste of Alma’s amazing opportunities before you enroll? Check out some of our STEM-based summer camps and see what we’re all about.
Introducing the Dow Digital Science Center
A $5 million grant from The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation addresses the national demand for more graduates trained in the STEM fields. Since receiving the grant in 2014, Alma College faculty have been busy putting into place a variety of educational and outreach initiatives. One of the newest additions is the Dow Digital Science Center (DDSC).
The center, located within the Rollin M. Gerstacker Science and Technology Suite in the Dow Science Center, is a place for the collection and storage of data and remote sensing instrumentation. Linking data from remote sensors in the field to the DDSC provides immerses high school and college students and faculty in STEM research.
The DDSC provides space for Alma College students and faculty to analyze the environmental data. The new space also projects data from the Forest Hill Nature Center and other remote locations on multiple large-scale display monitors. In addition, the DDSC sponsors summer camps for students in grades 2-6 as well as middle and high school teachers and students.
Faculty researcher Amanda Harwood and her students are testing the feasibility of using activated carbon to reduce the bioavailability of DDT in contaminated soil.
The complexity of spiders has long fascinated animal behavioral scientist Dave Clark. He uses virtual digital technology to study animal communication.
In the annual iGEM competition, student teams attempt to reprogram a living system to produce a useful behavior and solve a real-world problem.
“Alma College has great chemistry advisors and professors who are willing to open up their labs and research to undergraduates.” — Zachary Lincoln
Students analyze honey samples from different regions and forages of Michigan to determine their potential as a complementary healing agent.