A "formal science" is an area of study that uses formal systems to generate knowledge such as in Mathematics and Computer Science. Formal sciences are important subjects because all of quantitative science depends on them.
The Sciences at W&L
The term "science" commonly refers to a set of methods of investigation leading to knowledge of the natural world. These methods include systematic observation, the formation of hypotheses and theories, and the construction of experiments to test these theories and hypotheses.
Washington and Lee offers curriculum and majors from all three areas of scientific study: Formal Sciences, Life Sciences and Physical Science.
- The formal sciences study the symbol systems used to express ideas in the other sciences and to express ideas about these symbol systems themselves.
- The life sciences are concerned with the study of living organisms, including human beings, and the manner in which they interact with their natural environments.
- The physical sciences investigate the underyling materials and processes of the universe, ranging from the subatomic to the intergalactic.
Environment and Benefits:
- Close and supportive student-faculty relationships
- Abundant opportunities and funds for student research guided by PhD faculty
- Excellent facilities
- Successful placement in top graduate and professional programs
- In short, many of the benefits of studying at larger institutions with the added strength of far more individual attention and assistance.