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The School of Natural Sciences at St. Edward's University encompasses the traditional natural sciences; computational sciences; clinical laboratory science; and bioinformatics, an interdisciplinary research area at the intersection of biology, mathematics, and computer science.

Natural Science programs reflect the mission of St. Edward's University and provide in-depth knowledge of scientific fields while taking into consideration broader aspects of the liberal art education. Our curriculum places a strong emphasis on collaborative, hands-on learning. Classwork and research are conducted in world-class classrooms, labs, and in the Wild Basin Creative Research Center. In addition, study abroad opportunities have been integrated into our programs so students can explore the world without extending their degree completion timelines. 

Student-faculty collaborations provide irreplaceable opportunities for insights, innovation and growth. Our graduates develop skills necessary to prepare for graduate and professional schools as well as a variety of careers.

Facilities

A great science building inspires innovation, discovery, and exploration. The John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center contains state-of-the-art facilities that attract stellar faculty and produce ambitious accomplished graduates. 

The South Building houses high-powered computing laboratories that support projects in robotics, environmental science and bioinformatics. 

The North Building is home to the University's greenhouse facilities and was recently fitted with cutting-edge laboratory instrumentation, courtesy of grants from the National Science Foundation and the W.M. Keck Foundation. 

St. Edward’s Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve serves as an interdisciplinary research lab and a hands-on learning center for students. Wild Basin extends over 227 acres within the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve system with hiking trails, volunteer opportunities and events open to the public. 

Faculty

Education is a life changing experience. Our profession provides a unique opportunity to influence future leaders in a positive and meaningful way. To this end, we aim to provide thoughtful and excellent guidance that enables students to achieve goals and pursue their dreams. 

Our programs are designed in the spirit of the St. Edward’s mission — with an emphasis on creativity, critical thinking and writing. This framework ensures proficiency in areas of interest within the sciences, while providing an education with a nexus to the liberal arts. 

“I guide my students through the discovery process that generates a new awareness of compelling ideas. This kind of thought-provoking exchange of questions and ideas creates an ideal environment for both the development of students as well as myself as the teacher.”
— Michael P. Saclolo, PhD, Associate Professor of Mathematics

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Student Organizations

Student organizations provide opportunities to explore interests, forge friendships, and discover passions. 

The Academy of Science is a student-teacher organization that promotes the natural sciences and presents undergraduate research at the annual Texas Academy of Science meeting. 

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. 

The Academic Society for the Advancement of Minorities in Medicine (ASAMM) seeks to empower minorities pursuing careers in the field of medicine.  

The NSF Science Living Learning Community provides a community space for science majors to establish professional credentials as scientists. 

Operation Smile is a nonprofit organization that works in developing countries to give children correctional facial surgeries for cleft lips and cleft palates.

Pre-Health Humanitarians

TG Science Cluster gathers students with common interests for living and learning opportunities. 

Women in Science welcomes all students interested in the sciences to give back to the Austin community through volunteer efforts.

Recognition

Our Forensic Chemistry program was named as one of the top in the U.S.: 

“Students gaining a BS in Forensic Chemistry from St. Edward's have some of the best research and internship opportunities in the nation, and access to the Welch Foundation research scholarship, which pays for 6 weeks of forensic-chemistry related research.”
— ForensicsColleges.com

Senior Seminar Symposium

The Senior Seminar Symposium gives Natural Sciences students an opportunity to present their research at the end of the academic year. Students graduating with degrees in Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computer Information Science, or Math are encouraged to participate.

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William J. Quinn
Teaching is beyond rewarding. It’s just plain fun. I love seeing the kind of smart and unexpected directions students take. It’s such a joy when people who are interested in a topic can bring their own perspective to it and share it with confidence.