The “Sciences” of Liberal Arts and Science

As a student who is focused on a pre-health field, I am often asked what it is like to do “science” at a Liberal Arts university. While it definitely is a challenge to tackle courses like organic chemistry, physics and calculus at Quest, it is also immensely rewarding and beneficial. Being at Quest in a classroom with a maximum of 20 students creates an environment which favors teamwork over a competitive nature, which appears to dominate at much larger institutions. Much of my best learning experiences have been spent sitting with my peers working on problem set after problem set together. And, not only are my peers highly engaged in the course material, so are the professors. To give you an example, my organic chemistry professor (Robert Perkins) taught for 31 years at both UBC and Kwantlen, yet choose to start teaching at Quest in 2009 even though he had retired. Bob works exceedingly hard to make sure students are both engaged and understand his course material. Having taken two blocks of chemistry with Bob, the skills I have learned are not strictly exclusive to chemistry or other science courses, in fact I feel that I learned to both write and speak more concisely in chemistry. And of course, the sciences courses at Quest are often heavily intensive, yet I have found that my classmates and professors have made the classes highly enjoyable.

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