Degree blends science and business to fill demand for tech savvy businessmen

May 11, 2012


Lisle, Illinois~ For today’s generation, not knowing how to use a computer and other electronic devices is like not knowing how to breathe.


Striving to implant the breath of life within new businesses, Benedictine University offers two majors aimed at merging technologically-savvy students with business fundamentals.


A Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in Business with Science Applications addresses the growing demand for highly-capable, technology-based and cross-trained employees in the high-tech business world, said Bob Nelson, director of the B.B.A in Business with Science Applications.


“This exclusive program helps develop an integrated leader who can be the bridge between business leaders and scientists or engineers,” Nelson said.


The Business with Science Applications major prepares graduates who are interested in both science and business management disciplines. To complete the degree, traditional students take core courses in business such as accounting, finance and economics alongside courses in biology, chemistry and physics. Graduates of the program will help fill demand for project, program, product and sales managers in high-tech industries.


Additionally, the University will offer a related degree new for the Fall 2012 term– the B.B.A. in Business Analytics. This program focuses on equipping traditional and adult undergraduate students with analytical skills coupled with fundamental business knowledge to fill needed roles such as management and business analysts who work to improve organizational performance, said Rick Cali, associate dean for the Benedictine’s College of Business.


Top-performing organizations use analytics five times more than lower performing organizations, according to a recent survey by the MIT Sloan School of Management and IBM Institute of Business Value.


University officials say the degrees exemplify Benedictine’s commitment to educating and training students, equipping them with skills to be able to immediately meet the needs of employers after college.


For more information on the programs, please contact Nelson at or (630) 829-6469 or Cali at or (630) 829-1932.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in 59 undergraduate and 23 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the seventh consecutive year in 2017. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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