Science Curriculum

Small class size and individualized mentorship with faculty are unique experiences here that other schools don’t offer. 

Faculty teach all of our classes, not graduate students or teaching assistants.

We allow students to pursue their own interests in the sciences as they design their own major in the college. Every student graduates having completed a capstone senior project that reflects their interests and passions.

We prepare students for a wide variety of post-graduation opportunities, such as employment, graduate and professional schools.  

Gain Research Experience 

Various opportunities exist for students to gain research experience in classes, as independent studies with individual faculty, and while employed on domestic and international co-ops. Our Self-Design curriculum allows students to explore research opportunities that will best help them learn skills in their scientific fields of interest. Faculty and other advisors help students obtain research experience through federal and other grant opportunities including the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program funding by the National Science Foundation. Some recent REU positions have allowed students field experience involving biological oceanography in Oregon and permafrost conservation in Alaska.

Research on campus can be arranged through faculty and their research expertise:

  • David Kammler, PhD: chemistry, patent development, science of cooking
  • Brian Kot, PhD: zoology, marine biology, conservation, vertebrate anatomy
  • Kim Landsbergen, PhD: forest ecology, soils, climate change, conservation, art-science
  • Scott Millen, PhD: genetics, molecular biology/biochemistry, microbiology, immunology,
  • Amy Osborne, MS: mathematics, psychology, apiculture, mathematics and the arts
Prof. Kim Landsbergen and class plant trees on Earth Day

Prof. Kim Landsbergen and class plant trees on Earth Day

Our students do not attend classes in large lecture halls with hundreds of students. Our small class sizes and dynamic learning environments foster a close working relationship with faculty and other students. Our focus on experiential learning is evident in our science classes, with lab and field-based curricula being intentionally designed to teach students the skills they need to succeed in science-based careers. Assignments and experiments are scaffolded across the term, year, and curriculum to gradually increase in complexity and foster student autonomy. Students learn core skills in the various areas of biology, chemistry, and environmental science, and use them in experiments they design, conduct, and report on.

Experiential learning in the Sciences often involves experiments, activities, and field trips within the great outdoors. From the Antioch Farm to Glen Helen Nature Preserve to the Little Miami River – our students learn by applying classroom knowledge and skills to real world concepts, processes, and issues. The College manages a variety of assets that are available for teaching outside the classroom

While at Antioch, students spend a minimum of three or four academic terms engaged in full-time work—generally off campus—where they have the opportunity to distinguish themselves through creativity, commitment, and hard work. By linking the life of the mind with the practical experience of work, Co-op animates a unique liberal arts curriculum that positions students to take action in the world. Not only do Antioch students graduate with an outstanding education, an impressive resume, and compelling stories of co-op adventure in distant locales, they gain exposure to innovative workplaces and discover their unique talents as they apply themselves to real-world problems. The following are some examples of Science-related co-ops:

  • Animal advocacy, rescue and rehab
  • Appropriate technology, energy, systems design
  • Biomed, Public Health, and Health Advocacy
  • Environmental Science and Ecology
  • Food systems, Sustainable Agriculture, Culinary Arts

Antiochian science graduates are prepared for a variety of opportunities after college. Nearly 100% of our BS and BA students either gain employment directly after graduation, attend graduate or professional school, or start new enterprises. Some of our recent graduate placements include:

  • Jordan Berley ’16 earned a B.S. in Biomedical Science. Jordan is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) degree in the at the University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy.
  • Julia Honchel ’16 earned a B.S. in Environmental Science. She is now enrolled at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM).
  • Emaline Pozzanghera ’16 earned a B.S. in Biomedical Science and is now a canine rehabilitation assistant at Pawsitive Performance in Helena, MT.
  • Roland Scaife ’16 earned a B.S. in Biomedical Science and is working as a quality control chemist at Perrigo Company in Dublin, Ohio.
  • Mark Brimmeier ’17 earned a B.S. in Biomedical Science and is working as a radiology support specialist at the Foundation Radiology Group in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He completed a senior project titled “Design and Use of an Interactive Concussion Education E-module Flyer to Highlight Effectiveness of a Health Resource: An Action Project.”
  • Richard Hauck ’17 earned a B.S. in Ecology and the Human Environment. After graduation he worked at the Tiger Mountain Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona, as director of sustainability.
  • Eleanor Hicks-Green ’17 earned a B.S. in Environmental Science. Eleanor is conducting ecological restoration, field ecology, invasive plant management, and disaster relief with the Washington Conservation Corps. Recently completed a wetland monitoring position with the Washington Department of Transportation.
  • Meridian Howes ’17 earned a B.A. in Health and Social Justice and completed a senior project titled “Visions Towards a Postcolonial Public Health.” Meridian is pursuing the Master of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. As part of her graduate research, she is analyzing services for people who inject drugs in Tanzania.
  • Rian Lawrence ’17 earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and completed a senior project titled “A Microcosm Experiment to Assess Atmospheric Deposition Effects on Nitrogen and Phosphorus Retention in Northern Ohio Soils.” Rian was a recipient of a Gates Cambridge Scholarship and is completing an M.Phil. at Cambridge University in Oxford, U.K. She is applying for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, looking to enter a Ph.D. program in marine biogeochemistry.
  • Elias Pitasky ’17 earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and completed a senior project titled “Secondary and tertiary relationships between vertebrates and wildfire.” After graduation, he entered the U.S. Peace Corps Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program as a volunteer in Quito, Ecuador.
  • Steven Taylor ’17 earned a B.S. in Environmental Science and completed a senior project titled “A Comparative Analysis of Nutritional Content and Color Reflectance in Invasive versus Native Fleshy Fruits “. Completed a year as an Environmental Educator at SCA Massachusetts AmeriCorps, and is currently working as an Environmental Consultant with Davey Resource Group, doing field surveys to reduce wildfire risk in northern California.
  • Melissa Rudie ’18 earned a B.S. in Biomedical Science and completed a senior project titled “Genome Guardians at Crossroads of Aging and Cancer.” After graduation she studied medicine at the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Indiana.