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.

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David Lifka, BS, MS, PhD

Computer Science

David Lifka is Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Cornell University. He directs Cornell Information Technologies (CIT) and works with the president, deans, vice presidents, Weill Cornell Medicine, Cornell Tech and the board of trustees to plan Cornell’s IT strategy. Lifka earned his BS in computer science from Benedictine in 1988. Lifka went on to receive an MS in computer science at North Central, and his Ph.D. in computer science at Illinois Institute of Technology. After several technical positions at Argonne National Laboratory, he joined the Cornell Center for Advanced Computing (then known as the Cornell Theory Center) as a systems programmer, advancing through the ranks to become director in 2007. In 2010 he took on the additional role of director of research computing for Weill Cornell Medicine, helping researchers cope with “big data” challenges such as gene sequencing; he has managed collaborations and sharing of computing resources between the two campuses. He is a past chair of the educational nonprofit Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation, with 85 member institutions dedicated to advocating the use of advanced computing technology to accelerate scientific discovery.

What our students say...


Mahrukh Raheem

Class of 2020

"Class sizes are a little smaller at Benedictine compared to other universities. People can form a community within a classroom, which makes it easier to learn together. I love the community aspect at Benedictine’s College of Science. Students can learn from each other through constructive team projects, and professors are always willing to help students."

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