Look around a math or science classroom or lab at Bennington and who do you see? The researcher, the policy student grappling with environmental problems, the artist who wants to understand the physics of light and color. Here, students thinking about the world in vastly different ways are invited to pursue a rigorous study of astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, mathematics, computer science, and physics. In small seminars, in well-equipped facilities and labs, and in the rich array of natural landscapes around Bennington, students work closely with faculty who are experts in their fields—programmers whose software and services are used by millions of people every day, scientists whose work is supported by NASA, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation, and mathematicians whose insights get published in top-tier journals.
By structuring their studies around the questions that interest them most, by engaging with current research in their fields, students move beyond the lecture-only model. Instead, they learn to do science—to pose a question and then figure out how to address it—from the moment they arrive on campus. From their first year, students find themselves designing and executing original research projects and working alongside faculty on their research.
At Bennington, students work closely with faculty to design the content, structure, and sequence of their study and practice—their Plan—taking advantage of the College's resources both inside and outside the classroom to pursue their work.
At Bennington, you learn to ask questions and work toward their answers from the very first day you step into the classroom or the lab.
The biologists, chemists, physicists, astronomers, computer scientists, and mathematicians at Bennington are not only making meaningful contributions to their respective fields, they’re often conducting research right here on campus—and inviting students to join them in their work.
Field Work Term
Students gain experience in the lab and the field through collaborations with working scientists.
- American Museum of Natural History
- Au Bon Climat
- Brain and Spine Surgeons of New York
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
- City of Boston Archaeology Program
- Center for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research at UCSF
- Hospital Baca Ortiz Pediatrico Quito
- Institute of Neuroscience, University of Oregon
- KIPP Houston Public Schools
- New York Botanical Garden
- Open Learning Exchange Nepal
- Paleoecology and Biogeography Lab, University of Oregon
- Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes
- Randolph College Math Dept
- Sahay Lab, Harvard Stem Cell Institute and Mass General Hospital
- Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services
- The New York Center for Astrobiology
- The USC Brain & Creativity Institute
From research scientists to leaders in digital culture to genre-bending programmers to people working at the intersection of art and science or at the interface between science and policy, Bennington alumni are putting their science and mathematics training to use in countless ways.