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The courses in this unique program are taught at Benedictine University and the partner organizations, Participants in the program are immersed in the learning opportunities available at each site, and complete research internships with scientists at the host organizations in order to better understand the process of science and the rewards for doing it well.


Brookfield Zoo

Since Brookfield Zoo opened its doors to the public in 1934, the Chicago Zoological Society has had a legacy of educating the public about environmental conservation. The Conservation, Education and Training (CET) staff at Brookfield Zoo is continuing the tradition by incorporating an innovative learning strategy to create a variety of programs for students, parents, teachers, and other community conservationists. As part of the new Center for Conservation Leadership, educational programs are designed to not only to inform and entertain, but to teach students about their responsibilities as world citizens and to inspire them to enter scientific fields.




Brookfield Zoo 


Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory advances the understanding of the fundamental nature of matter and energy by providing leadership and resources for qualified researchers to conduct basic research at the frontiers of high energy physics and related disciplines.

The Fermilab site offers unparalleled opportunities for environmental studies, including hundreds of acres that are being restored to tallgrass prairie that last flourished in Abraham Lincoln's youth. Investigators are now using this living laboratory to better understand ecosystem dynamics.




Forest Preserve District of DuPage County

The mission of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is to acquire and hold lands containing forests, prairies, wetlands, and associated plant communities or lands capable of being restored to such natural conditions for the purpose of protecting and preserving the flora, fauna, and scenic beauty for the education, pleasure, and recreation of its citizens.

The Forest Preserve District offers a variety of engaging, educational experiences for teachers and their students, such as field trips, outreach programs and self-guided activities, many of which meet state curriculum standards.




DuPage Forest Preserve 

The Morton Arboretum

Can trees be used to teach science, math, reading, and writing principles? The answer: Yes! Gain the knowledge and skills needed to include nature education in your classroom and meet other learning objectives at the same time.

Arboretum scientists present their findings to public and professional audiences, as well as in conferences and prestigious scientific journals. Arborists, horticulturists, landscape designers, natural lands stewards, public officials, and home gardeners all benefit from their knowledge and up-to-the-minute expertise. A greener, healthier, and more ecologically sustainable world is the result.


The Morton Arboretum 


The Golden Apple Foundation

For over 20 years, Golden Apple has worked to enhance science instruction in schools throughout northern Illinois. With partners like the Museum of Science and Industry, Big Shoulders Fund, Benedictine University, Chicago Public Schools, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and the University of Chicago, Golden Apple has established inquiry science workshops that have become the foundation for a number of other highly regarded programs.



The Golden Apple Foundation 

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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