Experiential Learning School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Welcome to the Ferrum College School of Natural Sciences and
Mathematics. Along with the schools of Arts and Humanities
and Social Sciences and Professional Studies, Ferrum College is
pleased to offer a comprehensive, hands-on or experiential
approach to learning.
Science Program is a great example of our engaging approach to
learning. The short Video below shows how students interact with
faculty while getting their hands dirty and their feet wet while
loving every minute of it.
Internships offer students in the School of Natural
Sciences and Mathematics even more opportunities to learn by
doing. A great example is the College’s relationship
with the Fairystone Wildlife Management Area. Owned by the
Commonwealth of Virginia, it is a remote region where students
have been studying the habits of wild game by using special
motion sensor cameras. In the summer of 2011, students
captured images of bobcats, bear, coyotes, deer, turkey and
Once the images have been captured, students
work with experienced students study plants and insects near each
camera, to determine connections between animals and the
If there is a program that signifies
Ferrum’s commitment to the environment, and the
College’s ability to make a serious impact, it’s the
Smith Mountain Lake Water Quality program.
Headed up by
Carolyn Thomas, the program has monitored water quality at
Smith Mountain Lake for more than two decades. With student
help the research has lead to cleaner water in the regions most
popular water spot
Belize, students travel from
rainforest to reef, learning how people in Central America live
among jungle inhabitants.
Students study Mayan ruins, and examine how the jungles and
reefs attract tourists. The video below shows the adventures
students enjoyed in May of 2011
Fast Fact: The Mayan ruins in Belize are
still the nation's highest structures.
Life at Ferrum College mirrors the topics that
students study in their classes. There is a heavy emphasis on
sustainability -- or our responsibility to the environment and
future generations. There are energy competitions in the
dorms, recycling projects, and a biomass boiler that burns leftover
materials from the lumber industry to generate heat, hot water and
energy on campus.
Ferrum College boasts its own farm, the Titmus Agricultural
Center. Gardens at the farms are used to grow produce that is
served the the cafeteria, which serves the campus local foods