LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Science Hall

The new Brown Science Hall is open!

The Importance of Science for USF Students

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.


Meet Biology Student: Leah Alles


The New LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Science Hall

The LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Science Hall will allow present science instruction to be segmented into three academic clusters: microbiology, genetics and molecular biology on the first floor; human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics on the second floor; and chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry on the third floor. Each of the three clusters in the new building will share equipment and space. In addition, the building will also include four research areas, creating exciting interdisciplinary learning opportunities for students and faculty members.

This new, state-of-the-art science building will support the innovative science curriculum already in place at USF. The building will be an impressive centerpiece for the surrounding community, and a welcoming portal to USF’s main campus. The building will provide an interactive, interdisciplinary learning environment for both students and faculty.

35,000+ square feet in three stories
Multipurpose lecture hall
9 teaching laboratories (three labs on each floor)
4 student/faculty research laboratories
14 faculty offices
9 common areas including 2 open study areas
Tutoring room
Conference room
Pre-function space in front of the lecture hall
2 meeting rooms
2 student common spaces


Check out the raising of a beam signed by students, employees, alumni and friends!