Natural sciences are a branch of science concerned with the description, prediction, and understanding of natural phenomena, based on empirical evidence from observation and experimentation. This is important in various components of life for either predicting or understanding certain values in our world.

Mathematics focuses on understanding mathematical relations and calculations, which is useful on its own and in natural sciences. But the disciplines are distinct. Nevertheless, the two disciplines complement each other and often support the work and findings in the other field.

Katy Laliotis '21, she/her/hers

Astronomy / Physics

Katy Laliotis

I chose the major because I love astronomy and I thought physics would bring a more practical and analytical aspect to it as well. My favorite thing about the major is the people. Everyone in the department (students and professors) is kind and fun and like one big family!

Favorite class in major: 20th Century Physics

Favorite class out of major: Linear Algebra

Contactlaliotkh@whitman.edu


James Klinman  '22, he/him/his

Astronomy / Physics

I chose my major because I've had a strong interest in astronomy from a young age. Along the way, physics captured my interest too. I love all the awesome people I get to connect with and opportunity that the major provides me to explore our universe. 

Favorite classes in major20th-century Physics / Galaxies and Cosmology

Favorite classes out of majorThe Physical Earth

Contactklinmajw@whitman.edu

Image of Clara HoffmanClara Hoffman '21, she/her/hers

Biology

I grew up playing on my family’s farm and always asking questions about the plants and animals around me, and watching my world go through seasons of birth and death. My parents indulged this curiosity, which easily transitioned into asking more academic questions about biological systems. Biology is the place where I can ask questions that fuel my curiosities and allows me to work outside.

Favorite class in major: Ecology of the American West

Favorite class out of majorThe Cultural and Literary Life of Rivers

Contacthoffmac@whitman.edu


Portrait of Natalie HodisNatalie Hodis '21, she/her/hers

Biology

I was drawn to biology because I wanted to learn an orderly story of life that would concretely answer big how, why questions I had. I stayed because instead, I’ve gotten to explore an infinite web of life from many different scales and perspectives. There is a huge breadth of topics, classes, and directions to follow in your own potential research so the stuff to learn can seem kinda endless but it also inspires me to keep thinking about and questioning the world around me.

Favorite class in majorCell Biology

Favorite class out of majorModernism in Art and Architecture

Contacthodisne@whitman.edu

Portrait of Nick McClellanNick McClellan '21, he/him/his

Computer Science

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Favorite class in majorData Structures

Favorite class out of majorCosmopolitanism & Belonging

Contactmcclelnr@whitman.edu

Portrait of Mikayla CrowderMikayla Crowder '21, she/her/hers

Environmental Studies - Geology

I really enjoy being able to go out into the field and applying concepts learned in the classroom to the real world. With every new class, I see connections between geology and its relationships with society through the environmental studies lens, thus getting the full effect of an interdisciplinary education that attracted me to a liberal-arts college. 

Favorite class in majorSedimentology and Stratigraphy

Favorite classes out of majorReligion and the Senses

Contactcrowdeme@whitman.edu

Jessica Robinson '21, she/her/hers

Mathematics

I have always enjoyed math for the intellectual challenge it gives me, as well as the problem-solving processes and abstract analyses that I have learned. 

Favorite class in majorIntro to Higher Mathematics

Favorite classes out of majorDifferential Equations (I know it's math!), Ceramics, Biology

Contactrobinsjc@whitman.edu

Katy LaliotisKaty Laliotis '21, she/her/hers

Physics / Astronomy

I chose the major because I love astronomy and I thought physics would bring a more practical and analytical aspect to it as well. My favorite thing about the major is the people. Everyone in the department (students and professors) is kind and fun and like one big family!

Favorite class in major: 20th Century Physics

Favorite class out of major: Linear Algebra

Contact: laliotkh@whitman.edu


James Klinman  '22, he/him/his

Physics / Astronomy

I chose my major because I've had a strong interest in astronomy from a young age. Along the way, physics captured my interest too. I love all the awesome people I get to connect with and opportunity that the major provides me to explore our universe. 

Favorite classes in major20th-century Physics / Galaxies and Cosmology

Favorite classes out of majorThe Physical Earth

Contactklinmajw@whitman.edu