Science/Pre-Health Visit Day: Nov. 4, 2011

For each bulleted Information Session in the schedule below, please click on the link for details.

Individual student schedules will be based on selections students make on both the pdf Priority Sheet and pdf Session Preference Form. If you have already registered and have not yet completed these forms, please download and complete the PDFs above and e-mail them to .

9:30 a.m.   Registration/Faculty Reception
10:00 a.m.  


Marsha Whitehouse, Associate Director for Campus Visits
Dr. Bill Bartels, Geological Sciences Department

10:30 a.m.  

Classes – Traditional (students only)

  • Advanced Techniques in Athletic Training
  • Athletic Injury Assessment
  • Cell & Molecular Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity
  • General Physiology
  • Geography and GIS
  • Great Issues in Science: Quantum Enigma
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Introduction to Earth History
  • Multivariate Calculus
  • Oceans and Atmospheres
  • Plants and Human Affairs
  • The Physics of Music

Information Sessions (students and guests)

11:45 a.m.  

Classes – Traditional (students only)

  • Calculus of a Single Variable
  • Chemical Energetics and Kinetics
  • Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Human Physiology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Mountains
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Sedimentation & Stratigraphy

Information Sessions (students and guests)

1:00 p.m.   Lunch
2:15 p.m.  

Information Sessions

 2:45 p.m.  

Tours (students and guests)


Information Session Descriptions

Morning Sessions

Biochemistry and Biomedicine at Albion
Careers in clinical medicine and biomedical research are built upon a foundation in basic science. Biochemistry, molecular biology and biomolecular science are increasingly important to both professional programs and graduate studies, and a requirement for success in those programs. This session will discuss opportunities for Albion students in the classroom, in student-faculty collaborative research, and off campus experiences.

College Financing
This session will explore the many options and opportunities to help meet the costs of going to college. Going beyond the typical financial aid resources we'll look at many ways students and families pay for college, including tips for searching for scholarships. We'll also explore those financial skills all entering students need to succeed at college.

Kinesiology: Sports Science and Sports Medicine
The purpose of this session is to present two ways that students can study and major in disciplines that will allow them to develop and/or stay in their passions involving sport, physical activity, and/or medical venues. The Kinesiology Department offers two majors.

  1. Athletic Training, which is practiced by athletic trainers, health care professionals who collaborate with physicians to optimize activity and participation of patients and clients. Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. About two-thirds of these majors continue on in athletic training and about one-third, with a few additional classes, use this major to go into other medical fields like PT, PA, Optometry, DO, MD to name a few. Examples of employment and course content will be presented.

  2. Exercise Science majors study human physical movement and activity from more of a physiological and biomechanical perspective, with the goal of enhancing human physical movement. Exercise Science has seen a surge in popularity over the last 20 years that experts attribute to its social relevance, its relation to the obesity epidemic, and the growing societal importance of sports and athletics. The exercise science major is relatively new but we are seeing an influx of students using this major, with a few additional classes, to go into other medical fields like PT, PA, Optometry, DO, MD to name a few. Examples of employment and course content will be presented.

Institute for Premedical Professions and Health Sciences:
"What's it like to be a pre-health student at Albion?"

Are you thinking about a career in cardiac surgery, psychiatry, physical therapy, pediatrics, veterinary medicine, biomedical research, or even medical social work? Do you like working with people but aren't sure what career opportunities are available or how much schooling you will need? In this short presentation and question/answer session, you will learn about career options in health care, educational requirements, and how Albion's Pre-Medical Professions and Health Sciences will help you actively pursue your career goals.

Neuroscience at Albion
Neuroscience unites the disciplines of biology, psychology, and philosophy (with plenty of chemistry and physics thrown into the mix). Students who pursue the Neuroscience Concentration at Albion gain focused experience with courses related to the brain, and have opportunities for research experience that will open doors to graduate study. How do you think, feel, move; why are drugs addictive; how does brain produce mind? Neuroscience addresses these questions, and more.

Your Science Career at Albion College
Take a virtual walk through space (the science building) and time (your career at Albion). You will be guided step-by-step through what your choices, opportunities, and accomplishments might look like if you choose to do science at Albion. Examples of graduates and those just about to graduate will be used to bring the story of your potential Albion College career to life. The tour will include the connections Albion can help you make in professional schools, graduate schools, or scientific companies as you graduate. While chemistry will be the focus, related disciplines (i.e. materials science) will also be discussed.

Open Forum with Faculty
Faculty members in the science and math departments will be available to talk about course work and research opportunities in their specific disciplines in addition to sharing with you what current students and recent graduates are doing with their science and math studies. They will also be available to answer any questions you might have.

Afternoon Sessions/Tours

Bird Banding at the Whitehouse Nature Center
An ongoing project on banding local birds at the College's Whitehouse Nature Center. Come see how birds are caught and banded.

Carl A. Gerstacker Institute for Business and Management
The Gerstacker Institute is for high achieving students interested in becoming leaders in business. Since 1973, the Institute has been helping students make their professional ambitions reality. Our vision is to be known internationally for our ability to teach young business professionals how to, individually and within teams, achieve incredible results in the marketplace … period. The Institute offers the following features to qualified students:

  • An opportunity to develop your career in the areas such as accounting, finance, international business, marketing, human resources, management or consulting
  • Two full-time business internships (domestic or international)
  • Professional mentoring by the Institute staff, Albion alums, and other successful businesspersons
  • Dedicated student computer and meeting facilities
  • A community of motivated peers
  • An interdisciplinary academic program incorporating English, Communication, and Philosophy alongside Economics and Management courses

Students not majoring in economics and management have the opportunity to pursue the program through the Gerstacker Minor plan which incorporates one internship along with the other benefits afforded students following the Gerstacker Concentration.

Center for Sustainability and the Environment
The Center attracts students who want careers that make a difference, working in some way to protect and improve the environment. The program is highly experiential, including research, service, and internship opportunities, field trips to critical areas throughout the United States, and the E-House living learning center. At the information session, you can see pictures of these programs, including our recent field trips to California and Oregon, and talk with faculty involved with the Center. Join us in sustaining sustainability at Albion College!

Dual-Degree Program in Engineering
This program allows you to spend three or four years at Albion pursuing the degree of your choice (usually Mathematics, or Physics), while at the same time earning credit that will allow you to also earn a degree (B.A. or B.S.) in a field of engineering after another two years of study at another university (e.g. University of Michigan, Columbia University, Case Western Reserve University). During this information session faculty involved in the program will discuss the many advantages of Albion's program over simply earning an engineering degree at a major university.

Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA)
Discussion will take place on the various research opportunities at Albion College and what is required of students to participate in this program.

Fritz Shurmur Center for Teacher Development
The Center collaborates with school districts and service organizations to enrich teacher development through mentoring opportunities, school and classroom-based field experiences and international study. Through the Center you will join with other students interested in education and be able to choose from among 15 majors as you complete a program that leads to certification in either elementary, secondary or K-12 teaching. All education courses combine theory with practice through different, intensive field experiences. The Center supports your development of educational leadership through participation in the Boundary Crossings residential practicum course and a unique student-teaching internship and Capstone. The Center further provides options for you to explore different perspectives on teaching and learning through administrative and international practicum options. Participants in this session interact with faculty to learn about the Albion College Teacher Education Program and resources available to an education concentration, such as  comprehensive advising, preparation of digital portfolios, the Ferguson Center for Technology-Aided Teaching & Learning, 24/7 access to the Learning Café, and professional development with in-service teachers.

Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service
America's first public policy institute for undergraduates, the Ford Institute was founded at Albion in 1977 by President Gerald R. Ford and has been training students for careers in public service and leadership for over 25 years. This unique, interdisciplinary program brings together a diverse group of students from nearly every discipline and major. The program includes courses in public policy, economics, ethics, political science, and an internship during the junior year. Our students intern locally or travel worldwide to fulfill this requirement, including (but not limited to) Melbourne, London, Paris, Berlin, Brussels, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, and Albion. Each year the Institute brings to campus a number of nationally recognized speakers from both the public and private sectors. The Ford Institute also offers a range of community service and social events for our students.

Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program
This program is unlike any high school Honors program in that the classes are not more difficult versions of ordinary classes. Instead, they are small discussion-based classes that are designed and taught only for Honors students. As an Honors student, you will take one of these stimulating classes in each of your first four semesters and, since each Honors class substitutes for other required classes, there will still be a great deal of room in your schedule to pursue other interests. Honors will offer you the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty mentor on an original research or creative project that, when completed, could become your Honors thesis. Other Honors privileges include chances to read books by distinguished campus visitors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Salman Rushdie and E.O. Wilson and to meet them while they are on campus. You will be invited to participate in field trips to concerts and plays, and you will have 24-hour access to the Honors Center located in the heart of campus in the old Observatory.

Tour of the Art Facilities
Bobbitt Visual Arts Center and the Ceramics Annex are home to the Department of Art and Art History. With nine spacious, brightly lit, and well-equipped studios, and an auditorium, two galleries, a computer studio and plenty of spaces where students can work and relax, Bobbitt is an ideal space to foster creativity. Tours with art and art history majors offer opportunities for you to visit each space, ask questions about the art experience at Albion, and hear more about the opportunities offered in the department.

Tour of the Whitehouse Nature Center
The Nature Center is owned and administered by Albion College as an outdoor education facility. There are more than 25 acres of woodland, extensive marsh and swamp lands bordering the east branch of the Kalamazoo River, six self-guided nature trails and 35 acres of farmland for experimental plantings and other research projects. The nature center also includes an Interpretative Building with classrooms, porch and an observation room.

Tour of the Nancy G. Held Equestrian Center
The 340-acre center is a premier equestrian facility located within a short drive from the college's main campus. It includes indoor and outdoor arenas, stalls for 79 horses, and ample turnout space. The center offers student horse boarding, lessons from beginner to advanced, and hosts a series of competitions each year. It is home to the Albion equestrian teams as well as an international trainers' licensing program for future equestrian professionals. This session offers a full facility tour as well as time for Q&A with staff and instructors.