The 25 Coolest College Labs

If you want white tiled floors and cleanrooms, these are not the labs you're looking for. PopSci has ranked their choices for the 25 most awesome college labs, and the diversity and locations might surprise you. From the experimental mine for demolitions students (who learn to "blow things up extremely well") at the Missouri University of Science and Technology to the geophysics program at the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory--where students wake up before dawn to hike to the top of one of the world's most active volcanoes--these awesome hands-on programs put your five credit hours of making Punnet squares to shame. Featured careers include game design, rainforest biology, oceanography, brewery and alien-hunting.

Image: U.S. Geological Survey/Hawaiian Volcano Observatory

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