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School of Sciences

Whether your interests lie in Biology,  Chemistry,  Mathematics,  Computer Science , Environmental Engineering,  Petroleum 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.

  • School Highlights

    • Our new 70,000 square-foot Science Center facility opened in Fall 2013. The Science Center houses enhanced teaching & lab spaces, research & outreach facilities, and state-of-the-art collaboration areas for students.
    • Research is a large part of the undergraduate experience in the School of Sciences. Students have unique opportunities to conduct research as early as following their 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 science students take part in a collaborative initiative with Juniata College to participate in the  Raystown Lake Field Station Immersion Semester.
    • Alayna Hawkins SPOTLIGHT

      Marine Biology Student Spends Semester in Alaska

      Alayna Hawkins spent her Fall semester studying Marine Biology at the Kenai Peninsula College, which is part of the University of Alaska Anchorage.

      Read About Her Experience

    • ASMR Engineering Spotlight

      Students help plant an acid mine drainage passive treatment wetland

      Seven members of the ASMR student chapter helped to plant almost 2,000 bare-root plants at a Clearfield, PA wetland site. 

      Read More

    • Sustainability Summit Spotlight

      Free Sustainability Summit for high school students

      Saint Francis University Environmental Studies Department is hosting a free Sustainability Summit for high-school students grades 9-12 on Saturday, October 29th. 


      Learn more and register here

    • Erika Dreikorn Spotlight

      Biology Honors graduate starting Masters program

      Ms. Erika Dreikorn graduated with Department Honors in May 2016 after only 3 years at SFU. She is putting her B.S. in Biology (Pre-professional Concentration) to good work as she begins a Master’s program in Human Genetics this Fall at the University of Pittsburgh. 

      Read more about Erika's story

    • M3S at SFU meet and Greet

      Engineering Meet and Greet

      Event offers students a chance to talk one-on-one with potential engineering employers. 

      Read more

    • Family Weekend 2016_Spotlight

      A Family-Fun Weekend

      Join us for a full weekend of fun activities planned for you and your family from Friday, Sept. 30 through Sunday, Oct. 2!

      Learn more and view the schedule of events

    • Mamani Spotlight

      Fulbright Scholar Dr. Ruben Mamani joins Environmental Engineering

      The Saint Francis University School of Science, Environmental Engineering Program, and Center for Watershed Research & Service is pleased to welcome Fulbright Scholar Dr. Ruben Mamani from Bolivia to campus.

      Get to know Dr. Mamani

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      Back to school

      The move-in dust has settled, and our students are getting down to business with the first week of classes already under their belts! 

      Check out statistics, video links, photo galleries and more

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      Extra, Extra!

      The Spring/Summer 2016 issue of the Saint Francis University Magazine has hit the shelves (and is in the mail)! 

      Catch up on all the latest stories in this issue

    • Diatom Research SPOTLIGHT

      SFU Biology Students Search for Diversity in Polluted Waters

      Teams of SFU students spent their summer investigating biodiversity in local streams and ponds affected by pollution.

      Learn About Their Research

    • 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.

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      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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