Starting in Fall 2015, Albion College will annually offer four-year tuition, room, and board to as many as 10 first-year students who are Albion residents and attended Albion Public Schools in grades 6-8. Read more
Grace Dougherty, '14, Studies at Georgia Health Sciences University
I had a very enriching summer in Augusta, Georgia as a part of the Student Training and Research (STAR) program at Georgia Health Sciences University. There, I worked in a biochemistry and molecular biology lab doing basic science bench work under my mentor, Michael Duncan, Ph.D.
The program was nine weeks and I was able to gather enough data to make a poster that I presented at the end of the program. My research looked at the role of recruited macrophage cells in the liver tumor microenvironment in hepatocellular carcinoma.
I really enjoyed my time in Augusta and now have much more interest in research.
Heather Stoner, '14, Interns at Genesis Genetics Institute
I have worked at Genesis Genetics Institute in Detroit, MI as a summer intern for the past two summers. It has been an invaluable experience to work with such a still up-and-coming science technique called pre-implantation diagnosis (PGD).
What PGD means is, we create a probe for patients for whichever disease the family might have, such as cystic fibrosis, breast cancer, or Huntington’s disease. A probe means the scientist tests the family’s DNA with different oligonucleotides surrounding the mutation (disease) the family has specifically, and we help determine what oligonucleotides we can use to help figure out what embryos do not have the mutation.
We report that information to the in vitro fertilization clinic and from there they implant the healthy embryos into the patient, and hopefully they will take, and the patient will become pregnant. It is a rewarding experience to help families have babies knowing they are healthy and have eliminated the disease from their family!
It is a very controversial area still, and it is an ethical dilemma. However, the experience I have had has been incredible and I loved every second of it!
Sample Program - Sustainability Studies Major
The Major is composed of three components: (1) three core "Theories" courses, (2) three core "Methods/Tools" courses; and (3) at least two "Terrains" courses. The remaining units can be chosen from approved topics across the Theories, Tools, and Terrains. A model four-year plan is shown below.
Note: Terrains are directed-study courses or courses based on case studies. This model four-year plan does not include College core requirements, electives, a second major or minor adding to 32 units for graduation.
1/4 unit Introduction to Sustainability (UVSQ, THEORY)
Selection from: (1 unit) Introductory courses in Political Science (PLSC) or Anthropology (ANTH)—recommended
1 unit ENVN 102: Introduction to the Environment (THEORY)
1 unit PLSC 216: Public Policy Analysis or ANTH 375: Global Transformations (THEORY)
1 unit Valuation and Evaluation (UVSQ, TOOL)
ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics—recommended
1 unit GEOL 111: Geography and Geographic Information Systems (TOOL)
ENVN 220: Economics, Politics, and Environmental Policy (TOOL)
SEMESTER ABROAD @ UVSQ 3-4 units
French culture (NCR) Time and Uncertainty (UVSQ, THEORY) NTICS and the Environment (UVSQ, THEORY) 2 TERRAINS (UVSQ) with or without projects
1 unit Environmental humanities course: (could be taken at any time during the student's four years at Albion) ENGL 206: Writing in Place (101 prerequisite or permission of instructor) ENGL 238: Terrorists & Tree Huggers ENGL 354: Idea of Nature HIST 337: Environmental History PHIL 206: Contemporary Moral Problems PHIL 301: Environmental Ethics ARTH 315: Earth Art and the Environment or approved substitute
1 unit Topics in Eco-innovation (UVSQ, TOOL)
1 unit Experiential requirement: Thesis Research experience
The requirements for the major in sustainability studies are as follows:
9.75 to 10.75 units of course work including the following:
ENVN 100 (.25 unit, theory), 102 (one unit, theory), 220 (one unit, tool), 230 (.75 unit, tool), 430 (.75 unit, tool); Political Science 216 or Anthropology 375 (one unit, theory), Geology 111 (one unit, tool)
UVSQ Study Abroad: Time and Uncertainty (.75 unit, theory)
UVSQ Study Abroad: NTICs and the Environment (.75 unit, tool)
UVSQ Study Abroad: Selected terrains (.75 unit/each with a project; a list of terrains offered at the UVSQ is available in the Center for Sustainability and the Environment and the Office of the Registrar)
One unit selected from the following: English 206, 238, 354; History 337; Philosophy 301; Art History 315 or an approved substitute. In some cases, courses may require prerequisites, class standing, or permission of the instructor. Please discuss these options with your adviser.
Selection from one approved opportunity for experiential or topical learning (up to one unit).
Honors Program or Departmental Honors Thesis
Directed study or additional terrain through Albion College
ENVN 201, 206
Prior to taking more advanced courses in political science or anthropology and economics, students should consider taking the following courses (although these are not required): Political Science 101 or Anthropology 105, and Economics 101. Students with some facility in French should take the French language proficiency test. French language courses are excellent options for students considering international studies or careers in sustainability. The language of instruction at the UVSQ in this program is English.
Arrangements for the semester of study abroad at the UVSQ are made jointly through the Center for Sustainability and the Environment and the Albion College Center for International Education.