Our program is designed to help students understand how the sciences of biology and chemistry provide a way to develop an understanding of how living material and processes are constructed, organized, and regulated.
We seek to show how these two disciplines together, but not separately, can provide such an understanding, since neither a reductionistic approach of explaining life by an understanding of individual molecules, or a global approach of studying entire organisms or systems is sufficient.
In accord with the Benedictine traditions, we build these biological and chemical foundations in a context that helps students become scientifically responsible citizens, with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that will allow them to be successful in their selected professions. We accomplish this by providing students with a variety of learning opportunities such as:
- Formal courses with integrated laboratories
- Hands-on experiences with modern instrumentation and computers
- Research projects
- Seminar programs
We carry out this mission in an atmosphere of support and encouragement for both students and staff.