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.
Maurie Luetkemeier conducts the first known study to document changes in sweating function associated with tattooing. His research rings an alarm for potential health risks for heavily tattooed individuals.
Faculty researcher Alex Montoye recommends the use of digital fitness devices to monitor physical activity. But he warns that they are not perfect and that there are some things they can’t measure.
Summer research takes place both in and outside of the classroom. Here are two examples of faculty-directed studies that address real-world problems.
“Community awareness of water issues is high at this time, and our students are participating in research that is addressing a contemporary issue.” — Tim Keeton
Alma students analyze drinking water for lead, test streams and rivers for unhealthy nutrients, and illustrate their data with GIS software. Gratiot County is their “lab” for real-world learning.