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The pursuit of science and mathematics has never been more attractive or rewarding. Take some time to see which science and math programs at Benedictine can help you achieve your career goals. Our programs enjoy an outstanding reputation for producing successful scientists, healthcare professionals, and analysts. Our nationally respected faculty and staff work directly with our students, preparing them to lead lives of meaning, purpose and distinction. At Benedictine University's College of Science you'll meet lifelong friends and future colleagues. Please explore our website or visit us in person to learn more about our excellent faculty, coursework, research, facilities, and student advising programs. Together, we can pave the path to your success.

Alumni SpotlightText 


Mary Thomas Nicholas, BS, PhD


Nicholas earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from Benedictine University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Illinois. She was a Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Fellow at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, where she investigated the molecular basis of disease. At the National Institute of Health Mary provided programmatic support and contributed to evidence-based policies and strategies at the National Cancer Institute and at the National Institute of Mental Health. Over the years, Nicholas was competitively selected for a number of science and technology policy/global health fellowships by several prestigious organizations including the Gates Foundation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the U.S. National Academies.
Recently, Dr. Nicholas has served as a program officer, Gates fellow at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she worked on the Grand Challenges family of grant programs and on a number of cross-cutting initiatives in global health and development.

What our students say...


Grace Wangler, Class of 2020

Chemistry with minor in nutrition

"I chose Benedictine's COS because of its reputation for excellence in the sciences and small classroom size. I really enjoy that my professors are truly dedicated to providing a high quality education, and I appreciate their genuine interest in my academic career and success."

The Benedictine Benefit

Birck Hall of Science
Benedictine University has a tradition of excellence in science programs. The College of Science at Benedictine offers degrees that provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to enter rewarding careers. Please take some time to learn more about our degree programs, and how they can serve as your platforms for success in a vocation. Our nationally-recognized faculty enjoy engaging students at all levels in investigative research in their laboratories, often presenting their work at national, professional conferences.Our students are active in the many student organizations on campus, athletics, and campus ministries, all of which contribute to  a broadly fulfilling college experience.

Open letter to our College of Science students and families:

Graduating with a science major from Benedictine University has always carried with it the assurance that students were provided opportunities for experiential learning that are not found at every institution of higher education. We take this very seriously and have always worked hard to provide hands-on training that cannot be duplicated online or in a textbook alone. Our graduates are known for their laboratory skills and first-hand appreciation of the realities of scientific exploration.

To maintain this quality of service, a number of our laboratory and other experiential opportunities have learning outcomes that require face-to-face instruction and experience that cannot be replicated online or at individual homes. These often include gaining real-world experience using state-of-art equipment, require special laboratory safety measures, or are defined by personal interactions, as with clinical practica. The University takes pride in its standing in our community as an institution dedicated to providing robust experiential learning opportunities in the sciences and related fields. 

The College of Science at Benedictine University will continue to provide these opportunities while simultaneously instituting additional safety protocols and practices that allow us to continue to achieve the learning objectives of these courses. In addition to adhering to the highest laboratory safety protocols and conditions,

  • All faculty, staff, and students must wear face masks provided by us to participate in a laboratory course,
  • Combinations of 6-foot distancing, face shields, and lab benchtop personal barriers will be deployed, and
  • All rooms are cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Faculty are also working diligently to limit the time and occasions requiring in-person instruction and experiences. In most cases, labs exercises are being revised when possible to achieve some learning outcomes online or through at-home exercises. The number and length of any in-person lab work is being reduced to those experiences that are required, resulting in fewer and shorter lab periods. In the event that a student becomes ill or needs to self-quarantine for a brief period, arrangements are being made to make-up work missed. We are doing everything possible to provide these opportunities to our students while doing everything we can to minimize risk.

We understand the concerns that the Covid-19 pandemic has raised, and that everyone must decide what is acceptable risk for them individually. If you are not comfortable participating in a face-to-face lab at this time, we want you to know that we are making plans to offer additional lab sections for those who need them once public health conditions change.

If you would like more detailed advice about how to manage the upcoming semester, please discuss alternatives with your advisor. If you were planning to graduate soon and cannot participate in a required face-to-face lab, contact the department chair of your degree program to consider alternatives.

William R. Law, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science
Benedictine University

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William R. Law, Ph.D.
Dean of the College of Science

Tonia Rucker, Assistant to the Dean
Phone: (630) 829-6187
Fax: (630) 829-6186

Dean's Office Hours:
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Dean's Office Location:
Birck Hall Room 119