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...


Mohammed Haq, Class of 2019

Health Science

"Benedictine University College of Science fosters growth between me and my professors, as well as the challenging curriculum which would help me be successful in medical school. I thoroughly enjoy and am appreciative of the vast opportunities available for me. Not only are the professors helpful, they are caring and are more than willing to guide students. Furthermore, it is easy as pie to gain research experience due to the wide-variety of options available."

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.

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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