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Wesleyan has been a leader in the sciences since the university was founded. In the 1800s, a Wesleyan scientist was the first to quantify the calorie. Soon after came advances in pharmaceutical science. More recently our researchers have pioneered the discovery of new planets, identified previously unseen animal species, made advances in understanding brain function, led the way in stem cell research initiatives, and much more. Wesleyan undergraduates learn directly from these faculty in the classroom. They participate in research, co-author published scientific papers and present at national conferences. And they have opportunities to push themselves in ways usually found only in graduate or Ph.D. programs. Wesleyan’s legacy of leadership in the sciences continues to grow and flourish.