Alice Stone Ilchman Science Center

Science Center

Audio Tour Transcript

Natural sciences and mathematics are the domain of the Alice Stone Ilchman Science Center. Amidst the posters showcasing student research findings, you'll find labs and classrooms dedicated to studying STEM fields, including biology, environmental science, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, and more.

For students interested in environmental science and sustainability, Sarah Lawrence's Center for the Urban River at Beczak, also known as CURB, is a short trip away in Yonkers. CURB is a respected hub for researching and monitoring the health of the Hudson River. Many students conduct environmental research at CURB's EPA-certified lab, looking at everything from water contamination to eel migration.

If you're considering a career in health care or health science, SLC offers a robust pre-health program to prepare you for applying to medical, nursing, and veterinary school. Your pre-health adviser helps make sure you're taking the appropriate courses, and will help you make connections to research and lab opportunities, both on campus and in Yonkers and New York. And when it's finally time to apply, Sarah Lawrence will supply you with a committee letter of evaluation from our faculty, describing your academic preparation and personal growth as they align with the core competencies outlined with the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Sarah Lawrence undergraduates conduct individualized research directed with faculty. All our classes are taught by them too, not TAs or grad students. Sarah Lawrence does have a strong grad program. We're home to the nation's oldest and still largest master's program in human genetics, along with other notable programs within and beyond the sciences. Sarah Lawrence students often integrate an interdisciplinary approach to scientific inquiry. One student used geometry to produce a dance film involving projections of dancers on the floor. Another made fabric out of bacteria from a kombucha scoby in a biology course. In a class focused on evolution, a student penned a fictionalized account of how dragons might evolve from flying snakes and bats. Even in more analytical disciplines, your creativity is welcome and encouraged.