Prospective Students-Mellon College of Science - Carnegie Mellon University

We are innovators, problem-solvers, outside-the-box thinkers.

Complex problems don’t come in tidy boxes labeled biology or chemistry, math or physics. At the Mellon College of Science, faculty and students come together across disciplines, bringing diverse perspectives to bear on real-world problems. For our students, there are no boundaries. An MCS education gives students a solid foundation in the biological sciences, chemistry, mathematical sciences and physics that lays the groundwork for exploring their own ideas and for pursuing various career paths.

MCS students do more than study science. They’re breaking the boundaries of science. More than 70% of MCS undergraduates are involved in research. They work side-by-side with faculty and graduate students, and are integral members of teams that conduct cutting-edge research, create new knowledge, and advance their fields. MCS students publish their research results in top journals, present their research at local and national scientific conferences, and some have gone as far as Antarctica, Denmark and France to conduct research and to present their findings.

Meet some of our students to find out how the Mellon College of Science prepares them to experience the excitement of scientific discovery:

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Taylor Hersh (S'14)

Marine biology student, sea turtle healer
Caring for injured sea turtles

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Amer Al-Khouja (S'13)

Undergraduate researcher, adventurous learner
Embracing his inner risk-taker

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Sam Gutkind (S'13)

Published author, world traveler
Truckin' around the world

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Photo of Maddi BrumbaughMaddi Brumbaugh (S'14)

Physics and International Relations & Politics double major, particle detector builder
Constructing a state-of-the-art particle detector

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