LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Science Hall Campaign

“The new LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Science Hall will be transformational for
the sciences at the University of St. Francis and for the university as a whole.
With learning spaces and common areas to provide a setting for interaction both
inside and outside classrooms, this facility will enhance the learning environment
for all science, nursing and education students. As the first new, on-campus
construction in decades, the Brown Science Hall is an important part of how the
University of St. Francis is preparing itself—as well as its students—for its second
century of service and leadership.” – Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., USF President


Science Matters

At the University of St. Francis, science matters. Science plays an important role in our lives and dominates the culture in which we live and work. Advances in technology and science are transforming our world at an incredibly fast pace, and it is important that our young people are adequately prepared for it.

The University of St. Francis, founded by the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, began with an anchor in science through nursing and health care. Today, USF’s Natural Science Department continues to offer courses in the areas of biology, chemistry, physics and allied health. Faculty members provide quality science programming that allows students to excel in the most competitive of scientific fields, and USF students go on to fill research internships, enter medical school and benefit from job placement after they graduate.

One of the key aspects of a liberal arts education is a curriculum enriched by the sciences. USF’s curriculum has been designed to improve science literacy, while developing critical and analytical thinking and creative problem-solving skills. Last year, over 100 non-science majors took a science course, preparing them to better understand the world. Today, 45 percent of freshmen and transfer students enter USF declaring a major in a science field, including biology, environmental science, allied health and nursing. Also, 36 percent of last year’s graduating class earned a degree in one of those fields.