Molecules, Cells and Organisms: A Unique Introduction to Biology Course
In 2011, Carthage was awarded a Science Education Alliance (SEA) grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to offer a research-based course in genomics for select freshman biology majors. The course was such a success that Carthage expanded the program in Fall 2015 for all biology majors. The new course, titled Molecules, Cells, and Organisms, is a lecture/lab combined course that provides first-year biology majors with hands-on original research experience that allows them to contribute to authentic ongoing research in the field early in their Carthage careers. Content includes topics such as molecular structures and characteristics, cellular components and functions, gene expression, energy capture and transformation, homeostasis, repair, reproduction, and processes of evolution at these scales.
Occupational Therapy 3-2 program
Carthage offers a 3-2 Occupational Therapy program, in which students complete three years of undergraduate study at Carthage and two years in an occupational therapy graduate program at another school.
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Carthage offers many ways for students to prepare for medical school or graduate programs for the health professions. Carthage serves students who are interested in medicine, dentistry, nursing, occupational therapy, optometry, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterinary, and public health. Pre-health students are assigned a faculty advisor who assists them in determining which courses they should take and which career best suits their interests and ultimate goals.
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J-Term is a month-long period of study in January in which all academic departments at Carthage offer innovative courses on campus, as well as study tours around the world. The Biology Department offers many of the College’s most popular J-Term trips, including trips to China, Arizona, Belize, Hawaii and Costa Rica. During the semi-annual J-Term study tour in Nicaragua, students volunteer in rural medical clinics. They shadow physicians, work with patients, and observe and participate in patient care. For pre-health students, it’s a rare opportunity to learn what it’s like to work in a medical setting before going to medical school.
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ScienceWorks: Entrepreneurial Studies in the Natural Sciences
ScienceWorks is a unique offering at Carthage. The program focuses on the business of science by integrating important skills such as written and oral communication, graphics and artwork, business accounting, management, and marketing. Students get hands-on experience and coursework that prepares them for the job market and career advancement.
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SURE: Summer Undergraduate Research Experience
In SURE, students work one-on-one with a faculty mentor on a significant summer research project. The program provides a stipend, room and board, and a research budget to participants. All students and faculty participating in the program meet weekly for lunch and presentations of research progress. A poster session is held during the final week of the program wherein the entire Carthage community is invited to view and discuss the results of the research. In past year, SURE participants have studied:
- Cloning and expression of cellulase in E. coli
- Designed and built biofilm detectors
- Characterization of potential endocrine-disrupting compounds in Southeastern Wisconsin water
- The long-term effects of fluoxetine exposure on the third-trimester rats
- Characterization of the bacterial Small RNA Goldilocks
- Acoustic monitoring of local bat activity
Carthage students who are interested in paleontology — the study of the history of life on Earth through fossils — have the opportunity to study under Dr. Thomas Carr, a renowned vertebrate paleontologist, and get hands-on field experience that is unusual in undergraduate programs.
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