Dear Future Natural Sciences Students:

Welcome to the School of Natural Sciences at St. Edward’s University, where our students pursue knowledge through the lens of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in state-of-the-art, inspirational facilities via 21st century methodology, all while immersed in the thriving and proud community that is Austin, Texas.

Whether your motivation stems from programming an innovative new app, pushing the frontiers of biochemical research, engaging in the health professions or protecting and exploring an environmental oasis, St. Edward’s School of Natural Sciences enables you to pursue your passion.

Within the last decade, the School of Natural Sciences has brought more than 110,000 square feet of instructional and laboratory space online at its beautiful hilltop location just south of downtown Austin on South Congress Avenue.

St. Edward’s also operates the Wild Basin Creative Research Center and recently began managing the 227-acre Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, a short 20-minute drive from campus. Faculty, staff, volunteers and the public have direct access to Wild Basin, a small piece of and gateway to the 30,000+ acre Balcones Canyonlands Preserve.

If you are looking to pursue science in the welcoming atmosphere of a smaller, undergraduate-focused institution, our unique resources will provide you with abundant and amazing opportunities.

Our faculty pride themselves on developing engaging classroom experiences, meaningful experiential learning opportunities and outstanding mentoring relationships. You will develop skills that will not only allow you to succeed in STEM careers, but to live a purposeful and fulfilling life: ethical and critical thinking, effective communication in multiple media, complex problem solving and a dedication to serving society.

Your educational experience at St. Edward’s culminates in the Senior Seminar, an option during your final year in which you design and execute your own project. At the end of the course, you present your work in a public forum to the faculty, your fellow students and interested members of the community, leveraging and synthesizing the knowledge you have gained during your time at St. Edward’s. Many of our students also present their work at local, regional and national conferences, often winning awards recognizing the quality of their research projects.

Are you looking to push personal frontiers and partner with our faculty in doing the same? Do you hunger for the opportunity to do hands-on science of your own design as an undergraduate? Do you aspire to lead an impactful life that culminates in a better world? Join us at St. Edward’s, where we will empower you to realize your best self.


Gary A. Morris, PhD
Dean, School of Natural Sciences

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