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School of Sciences

In the School of Sciences, we believe in developing minds for exploration. 

  • About Our Programs

    Whether your interests lie in BiologyChemistryMathematicsComputer Science Environmental EngineeringPetroleum and Natural Gas Engineering, or  Pre-Professional (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary, etc.), we believe in helping you to develop a mind for exploration

    Our students go on to attend prestigious graduate schools and medical schools, and find excellent careers in industry, government and education.

    Explore our programs.

    School Highlights
    • Our new  Science Center is a 70,000 square-foot facility that opened in the Fall of  2013. The Science Center houses enhanced teaching & lab spaces, research & outreach facilities, and state-of-the-art collaboration areas for students.
    • Undergraduate research is a large part of the School of Sciences experience at Saint Francis. Students have unique opportunities to conduct undergraduate research during the school year and in the summer, even as early as following freshman year.
    • Our faculty members have been highly successful in receiving external funding for the enhancement of undergraduate science education, both in the classroom and in the laboratory.
    • Our students practice their new skills through outreach activities such as  Science Day, Darwin Day, Rural Outreach Chemistry for Kids (ROCK),  PA Statistics Poster Competition, Pi Day, and many more.
    • Many students also take part in a collaborative initiative with the science department of Juniata College to participate in the  Raystown Lake Field Station Immersion Semester.
    • Desmend Phillips_MegaHERO

      Already reaching higher, striving to go far

      Desmend, an incoming freshman in the petroleum and natural gas engineering program, is no stranger to Saint Francis University. Participating in the University’s Upward Bound Program, he was one of only 1,000 scholarship recipients, out of 53,000 applicants across the U.S. 

      Read his story

    • BIO James Burke Spotlight

      He's a brainiac...

      Neurosurgeon Dr. James Burke still remembers the first time he saw a human brain in person. Even today, after countless surgeries, he still finds the experience of seeing and operating on a brain “surreal.”

      Get inside James' brain

    • Flume Donation

      Who has a flume? SFU that's who.

      Thanks to a generous donation from Gwin Dobson & Foreman Consulting Engineers the Environmental Engineering department has an Armfield hydraulic flume to use in classroom teaching and in student research.


      Learn more about this donation.

    • CHEM SOC_Dallas Mosier_spotlight

      On the (crime) scene

      Eight-year-old Dallas Mosier wants to be a forensic scientist when she grows up. Fast forward 14 years, and you will find her still in full pursuit of her dreams. 

      Alumni Profile Dallas Mosier

    • Leah Trout

      Kitten care prompts future career

      Taking care of animals was something that always appealed to Leah (Christ) Trout. Growing up on her parents’ farm the menagerie that surrounded her included goats, cats, cows, pigs, and sheep. She enjoyed caring for all of them.  

      Meet Leah Trout

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