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.

Michael DanielMichael Daniel '20, he, him, his

Astronomy / Physics

I chose my major because I am fascinated by space and by taking classes in astronomy and physics lets me learn about space and the tools I need to learn about space. I also chose my major because the Astronomy department is one of the smaller departments on campus and I have been able to get to know my professors better because of this.

Favorite class in major: Observational Astronomy / General Relativity

Favorite class out of major: Pacific Whaling History

Contact: danielmf@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

Contactlaliotkh@whitman.edu

Isaiah BantaIsaiah Banta '20, he/him/his

Computer Science

Physics originally caught my attention. It seeks to break the world down into fundamental concepts and theories by introducing you to the challenge of modeling our daily life with equations.

However, when I took my first computer science class I realized that it works much the same way. Modeling and improving upon algorithmic solutions to problems, computer science seeks to model the world through technology while still using the fundamental idea of physics where you break things down to their core principles.

Computer science is an abstraction built upon fundamental logic statements, variables, and functions to creatively build applications that can be used by people around the world.

I chose it because it allows me to problem solve in creative ways to help in building the future.

Favorite class in major: Artificial Intelligence

Favorite class out of major: Philosophy 2019: A Case in Ethics

Contact: bantaib@whitman.edu

Eliza VanWetterEliza Van Wetter '20, she, her, hers

Environmental Studies - Geology

I love being outside and I have always been fascinated in trying to understand why the things around me look the way they do. I love all the field trips and how applicable the information is to every outdoor adventure.

Favorite class in major: Geomorphology

Favorite class out of major: Politics and the Environment

Contact: vanwetem@whitman.edu


Maddie WilnerMaddie Wilner '20, she/her/hers

Geology / Physics

I'm double majoring and I like different things about each! In Geology, I enjoy spending time on field trips and studying rocks up close. I also love learning how to use deductive reasoning and how to balance observations and interpretations. In Physics, I've enjoyed learning many different ways to problem solve. Some of the subject matter can be difficult, but I really love challenging myself, and it's fun to use a physics perspective in geologic settings!

Favorite classes in major: Geophysics; Physics - Waves, Electronics, and Quantum Mechanics

Favorite classes out of major: Calculus III / Music Theory

Contact: wilnermj@whitman.edu

Henry EnnesHenrique "Henry" Ennes '20, he/him/his

Physics / Mathematics

I really enjoy trying to figure out the smallest and biggest aspects of nature, on how it works from its fundamentals in a more formal perspective.

Favorite class in major: General Relativity, Set Theory

Favorite class out of major: Ancient History

Contact: enneshl@whitman.edu

Michael DanielMichael Daniel '20, he, him, his

Astronomy / Physics

I chose my major because I am fascinated by space and by taking classes in astronomy and physics lets me learn about space and the tools I need to learn about space. I also chose my major because the Astronomy department is one of the smaller departments on campus and I have been able to get to know my professors better because of this.

Favorite class in major: Observational Astronomy / General Relativity

Favorite class out of major: Pacific Whaling History

Contactdanielmf@whitman.edu


Henry EnnesHenrique "Henry" Ennes '20, he/him/his

Physics / Mathematics

I really enjoy trying to figure out the smallest and biggest aspects of nature, on how it works from its fundamentals in a more formal perspective.

Favorite class in major: General Relativity, Set Theory

Favorite class out of major: Ancient History

Contactenneshl@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