School of STEAM

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics

Why embrace STEAM at SFU?

Wherever your interests lie, we believe in helping every student develop a mind for exploration.


Graduates of Saint Francis University's School of STEAM address challenges and seize opportunities. They are compassionate, responsible, motivated, and confident citizens who:


  • Think critically and creatively

  • Respect life

  • Cherish continued learning

  • Promote moral, spiritual, and social development

  • Practice appropriate personal and professional ethical behavior

  • Communicate clearly in writing and speaking

  • Work effectively in teams

  • Leverage technology responsibly

  • Recognize their responsibilities to family, community, country, and world

transformational experiences inside and outside of the classroom


acquire unparalleled depth and breadth of knowledge, skills, and values

liberal arts education grounded in Franciscan values


Why Saint Francis?

Tackle your future with confidence.

Our integrative approach results in accomplished professionals who consider the complex dimensions of our society - aesthetics, culture, economics, the environment, history, mathematics, morality, politics, science, society, and technology.

Guiding Principles within STEAM:

  • undergraduate research, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities
  • real-world projects fieldwork, service projects, community engagement activities
  • leadership and mentorship experiences, membership in professional societies, presenting at professional conferences
  • Interdisciplinary learning, projects, and activities

A personalized approach to learning and leading

Our faculty members have been highly successful in receiving external funding for the enhancement of undergraduate STEAM education, both in the classroom and in the laboratory.



Dr. Peter Skoner
Dean, School of STEAM


P: 814.472.3085


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Opportunities for growth. Support for your passion.

Our School of STEAM gives students the opportunity to conduct research as early as soon as their freshman year. Our students practice their new skills through outreach activities such as Science Day, Multicultural Week, Darwin Day,  Rural Outreach Chemistry for Kids (R.O.C.K.),  PA Statistics Poster Competition, Pi Day, and many more. Many students also take part in study abroad programs and immersive learning experiences.


STEAM by the Numbers

407,120 dollars in external grants secured for the 2020-2021 academic year by STEAM faculty and staff
5,627 friends in the community engaged in 193 STEAM activities during the 2020-2021 academic year
353 students enrolled in STEAM programs during the Fall 2021 semester
54 faculty in STEAM to challenge, support, and mentor students
21 students completed STEAM undergraduate research in the summer of 2021, while being paid minimum wage, with free housing and meal plan funded by the university and school
17 students on average in each STEAM class, to ensure students are engaged and involved, able to ask and answer questions
7 students for each faculty member (student to faculty ratio), ensuring students get individual attention



Several academic programs within the School of STEAM at Saint Francis University are accredited by their respective specialized accrediting agencies.
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