All Southwestern students are required to complete two courses in the natural sciences and over 20% of Southwestern students major in one of the natural sciences. Nearly 40% of all students who apply to Southwestern express an interest in the sciences and our prehealth programs.
Professor of Physics Robert Hyer invented a wireless telegraph – the radio's predecessor – a year before the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi did. Unfortunately, Marconi took the extra, extremely lucrative step of obtaining a patent on the technology. Hyer also built what may have been Texas' first X-Ray device.

Fondren-Jones Science Hall

Home to the Natural Sciences Division, Fondren-Jones Science Hall contains classrooms, laboratories, state-of-the-art equipment, and faculty offices for the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Departments.

The science building is currently undergoing extensive renovation and new construction, which will add 23,700 square feet of space to the building. The addition is expected to be completed in time for the spring 2016 semester.

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