Aerial panorama of El Morro Fort in San Juan Puerto Rico.

Science Honors

Experience hands-on research in Puerto Rico.

Begin your college career with a hands-on research experience where you actually DO science. Learn by exploring cutting edge scientific literature. Answer questions by doing experiments. The focus will be on using a Drone for Remote Environmental Assessment and Monitoring (DREAM), but the research question is up to you. Working with a team of peers, you will have the unique opportunity to design your own research project. In May, you will travel to Puerto Rico to deploy your DREAM on the tropical coastline or mountainous rainforest, gathering and assessing data to explore your research question.

The Environment is Your Classroom

Becoming a scientist requires more than learning facts from a textbook. Spend your semester studying the environment around you while being in the environment around you, unlocking the key elements that affect our ecosystem.

Cutting-Edge Technology in Your Core Research

Work in teams to engineer, construct, and evaluate their own environmental sensor package, securing it to a drone, piloting it to the country’s Pacific coastal region, accurately quantifying the impact on the environment through the gathered data.

To generate the core knowledge about the world around us to solve complex issues facing society, scientists must devise novel experiments, solve unfamiliar problems, and disseminate original ideas.

Integrated Learning

Solutions to complex real-world problems and the cutting edge of scientific and technological innovation are increasingly found in the presence of traditional academics. You will work closely with biology, chemistry, physics, and math professors as you develop your research project. Enhance your skills in public speaking as you present and translate your research to both general and professional audiences. Additional coursework in the humanities will prepare you with the confidence to understand the ethical and social impacts of science and technology.

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Ready for what's next?

Discover if the Science Honors program at Houghton University is right for you.