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In a move to better address today’s health care needs and enhance its mission to provide a values-based education, Benedictine University announced the establishment of a College of Science and Health. The move restructures the College of Education and Health Services and streamlines Benedictine Colleges from four to three: Science & Health, Liberal Arts and Business. Benedictine will continue to offer its full complement of Education courses through the School of Education.

“This new College will provide students with both the knowledge and inspiration to help solve our world’s health problems today and into the future,” said Benedictine President Charles Gregory. “Students will find a wide-variety of course options in science and health designed specifically to prepare them for careers in these fields.”

The re-imagining of science and health into a single College will result in innovative collaborations and curriculums that offers students the opportunity to take a new and creative mix of courses that brings disciplines together to study complex problems such as global warming and public health by integrating fields such as chemistry and biology.

According to the College’s new dean Dr. Elizabeth Ritt, faculty in the newly formed college have been at the forefront of research, scholarship, innovative teaching, and service to the broader community for decades. “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought our team together with a steadfast focus on tracking global health concerns. Just consider what our immediate and global communities are facing: infectious disease, chronic health problems, climate change, the lack of accessible and affordable health care, and significant healthcare disparities. It will take a multi-disciplinary approach to manage and solve these problems and that’s what Benedictine’s College of Science and Health is designed to accomplish.”

Alumni SpotlightText 


Raymond Konopka, BS, MS

Computer Science

In 2002, Ray began consulting for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and has worked on several software projects; most notably, the FASTPASS System. A Benedictine trustee since December 2015, Konopka is now the lead software engineer for the Walt Disney Company where he develops software solutions for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. He is also the president and founder of Raize Software, a computer software company providing high-quality, innovative developer tools and consulting services since 1995. He is the creator of several award-winning products used by companies and independent developers all over the world. A professional developer for more than 25 years, he has authored two books on software development, co-authored several others, and is a frequent speaker at software development conferences.

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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Tonia Rucker
Senior Assistant to an Academic 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