Leadership in the Sciences

Engaging students in authentic inquiry is the hallmark of a science and mathematics education at Georgetown College. Through more than a dozen science and mathematics majors and minors, our students focus on developing knowledge through hands-on learning in order to move from studying science to being scientists.

In 2012, the College opened Regents Hall, a state-of-the-art research and teaching center for the biology, chemistry, and physics departments. Its facilities will support innovative science education and research at Georgetown and will house 31 tenured or tenure-track faculty members with their lab groups, 10 laboratory teaching faculty, plus additional research faculty and post-doctoral fellows. 

Georgetown attracts many pre-medical students, who may choose majors from any discipline in the College. Through a demanding science curriculum informed by a vigorous liberal arts context, we present pre-medical students as science fully integrated in society, motivated by a desire to explore and improve the human condition.

The College offers students many options to learn how to apply their science education to professional work in research, teaching, government, or industry. Students can enroll in a three-course series that culminates in a thesis focused on teaching biology in K–12 settings or develop a lobbying strategy for domestic issues in Shaping National Science Policy, a seminar through the Science in the Public Interest Program.

Georgetown College also offers a joint-degree program with the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University. This science and engineering program provides students with the opportunity to receive both and A.B. degree from Georgetown and B.S. degree from Columbia in five years. Students complete the requirements for the liberal arts degree along with a pre-engineering course of study in three years at Georgetown and then complete two years at Columbia.