Welcome to the School of Natural Sciences at St. Edward’s University.
Comprising six departments, we offer courses in Astronomy, Bioinformatics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Forensic Science, General Science, Kinesiology, Mathematics, and Physics. Most of our classes and labs take place in the John Brooks Williams Natural Sciences Center, a pair of the newest academic buildings on campus built specifically for the needs of science in the 21st century. With our facilities and focus on undergraduate education, we are able to offer unparalleled student research opportunities. Many of our students present their work on campus and at local, regional, and national conferences, often winning awards recognizing the quality of their research projects.
The 2020-2021 academic year promises to be an interesting one if nothing else. Students, faculty, and staff are all navigating the challenge of continuing higher education in the midst of a pandemic. Far from being a time to stop innovating, new opportunities being offered this year include the BS in Environmental Biology and Climate Change, Certificate in Data Analysis, and minors in Bioinformatics, Fitness and Conditioning, and Recreation Management.
Partner programs offer a range of opportunities for our students after their time on the hilltop, with many making it possible to earn two degrees in five years and guarantees of admission and financial aid for students who qualify. Examples include multiple engineering programs at Washington University in St. Louis, Clinical Laboratory Science at UTMB, and the ESTEEM program in entrepreneurship at Notre Dame for students with technical backgrounds.
Our NSF-funded Institute for Interdisciplinary Science (i4) was started to build capacity in interdisciplinary sciences, informatics, and emerging technologies as we increase students’ readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution. Paid summer internships are among the opportunities i4 makes available for our students.
We also operate the Wild Basin Creative Research Center and manage the 227-acre Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve, located a short 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.
Thank you for visiting virtually, and I hope to have the chance to welcome you on campus…from a safe distance, of course.
Edward Early, PhD
Interim Dean of Natural Sciences
Professor of Mathematics