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Science-Math Center


Students and faculty do year-round research in all the sciences at the Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center. Thanks in part to major grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, we are constantly adding to an equipment list that already includes electron microscopes, an NMR, spectrometers and chromatographs, darkrooms and X-ray equipment, and instrumentation for experimental psychology. As a science student at Knox, you'll have access to all of it.

The Umbeck Science-Mathematics Center houses the departments of biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, physics, and psychology. In addition, the Kresge Science-Mathematics Library and the Ferris Computer Center are located here. Each department has plentiful space for teaching and research, including individual lab stations for all students and separate research labs for faculty-student research projects.

Students have ready access to outstanding instructional resources. These include the Biology Department's two electron microscopes; environmental chambers; vertebrate museum and greenhouse; the Chemistry Department's gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer and laser laboratory; the Mathematics/Computer Science department's Mathematica Laboratory; the Physics Department's Mossbauer spectroscope, X-ray diffraction instrumentation and Celestron telescopes; and the Psychology Department's labs for human and small-animal studies and for special projects in conditioning and learning, developmental studies, dreaming, and many others.