"They're makin' more people every day, but they aint makin' any more
dirt." -- Will Rogers
Environmental Science program is
interdisciplinary, it makes use of classrooms, labs,
and other facilities throughout
the campus. However, the Haldeman-Thiessen Science Center
is the principal home for our majors.
The sciences at Monmouth have a
tradition of intensive hands-on laboratory work, and the college is quite well equipped to
support the natural science component of the major.
The Chemistry department supports the program with
Biology has field equipment including water testing, live animal traps, an
aquatic lab, a small animal lab, etc. A distinctive feature of
Monmouth's program is our impressive array of field sites for outdoor
environmental research and study.
The college maintains an
Ecological Field Station on the banks of the Mississippi River, about
30 minutes from campus. Two boats, both with 20-hp motors, are stored at
the station for use in aquatic work on the Mississippi or on local lakes.
The location of the station gives us easy access to the river and to a
variety of terrestrial environments (e.g., deciduous forest, conifer
Newly acquired property within a
15- minute walk of campus dedicated as the LeSuer Nature Preserve is also used for
field studies, course projects, and senior research. Several acres are being restored to
native prairie and a large stream bisects the area. Riparian and flood plain forest also offer
abundant opportunities for research in the expanding field of ecological restoration.
also maintains Hamilton Pond, a small,
freshwater environment and
Spring Grove Prairie, a native prairie plot,
that are available for field courses and research. Additional information on these areas can be found
the Biology department web site.