Home to the departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, and Mathematics and Computer Science. The Mars Science Center contains seminar and lecture classrooms, the Hindle Auditorium, the astronomy observing deck, a greenhouse, teaching laboratories, faculty research laboratories, and student research laboratories.
Wheaton College keeps a collection of animals including fish, birds, rodents, lizards, turtles, amphibians and invertebrates as a valuable resource for students and Faculty interested in the areas of animal behavior, psychology, biology and neuroscience. It is managed through a collaborative effort between staff & student Caretakers, and Faculty & student researchers.
The purpose of the greenhouse is multi-faceted. One major function is the conducting of research on both the student and faculty level. Many different projects of both short and long term duration are accomplished each year. A few examples of such research are dormant seed germination from sand banks and wetlands, nutrient studies, and genetic inheritance in consecutive generations. Supplying materials for experimentation during class laboratories is a second purpose served by the greenhouses. For example, students use spines from cacti for micro-surgery, or search among the Polypodiums for prothallia and sporophytes.
The Imaging Center for Undergraduate Collaboration (ICUC, or “I see, you see”) is Wheaton College’s state-of-the-art facility where students and faculty capture and analyze digital images of diverse subjects from single cells to whole star systems. The ICUC was established in 2002 by a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF grant # 0126637) to support the innovative teaching and research with digital imaging occurring in all science disciplines at Wheaton.
Campus woodland located adjacent to the Science Center provides study sites for student independent research projects, the vernal pool research team, and labs in ecology, botany, environmental science, and introductory biology.
Wheaton Campus Trees
The arboretum-like quality of the Wheaton College campus is an important component of botany classes and a source of student-faculty projects.
Nearby man-made body of water has served as a study site for student thesis research on biological and chemical indicators or water quality.
Nearby Academic Resources
City of Boston
Colleges and universities abound and are sources of research internships and academic libraries, New England Aquarium.
Wheaton students may cross-register to take courses at nearby Brown University.
Site of annual field trips by the botany class. Wheaton students are frequently hired as summer research assistants.
at Woods Hole. The MBL library has one of the world’s most extensive collections of biological journals, and the MBL Marine Resource Center provides a wide variety of living marine organisms for research.
The Marine Studies Consortium teaches evening undergraduate courses in marine/aquatic sciences and environmental management. The Consortium is an association of Massachusetts higher education and research institutions whose mission is to increase understanding of coastal and marine ecosystems, and to promote policies that protect aquatic resources. Courses include: Coastal Zone Management, Marine Biology, Water Resources Planning & Management, Biology of Fishes, Biology of Whales, Maritime History and Wetlands: Ecology, Hydrology, Restoration.
Sachem is a consortium of schools in southeastern Massachusetts at which Wheaton students may take additional courses.