A Vision for Science

The ideal learning environment. Abundant research opportunities. Rigorous training. Knowledgeable and approachable faculty. If you aspire to a career in the sciences, Saint Mary’s is ready to help you successfully begin your journey.

Saint Mary’s has long been a place where the study of science comes alive. We offer a program that’s far beyond the norm: in our small classes, students study alongside professors whose commitment to research is matched only by their dedication to teaching.

Do you seek to pursue a career as a physician assistant? Our 3 + 2 Physician Assistant program in education collaboration with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences puts you on the fast track to a life of impact.

Are you inspired by nature? Explore and understand the diversity of life through our environmental biology major, featuring amazing landscapes and opportunities to sample fish in the mighty Mississippi River, record echolocation calls of bats, mist-net a variety of songbirds, and conduct surveys of beautiful flowering plants in the bluffs and nearby prairies.

Take advantage of our prestigious collaborations with nearby world-class health services (including Mayo Clinic and Gundersen Health System). Live and learn in the vast, diverse, and beautiful natural environment in which our campus is located near the Mississippi River with the bluff habitat in our own back yard.

Aquinas Hall

Virtually step inside our new Aquinas Hall through 360-degree panoramic artist's renderings of the facility.

Classrooms & Labs

Science Lab

Light and spacious classrooms and labs are specially designed to promote hands-on learning opportunities. “Hubs”—located on all three floors—are comfortable, customizable gathering spaces for faculty and student interactions.

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Lecture Hall


The tiered 129-seat Dr. Philip A. Cochran '77 Auditorium - with state-of-the-art technology—accommodates a variety of public and campus events. Conveniently located, the room and surrounding area is designed for gatherings, presentations, and speakers.  

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Center Atrium


The 50,000-square-foot building includes an interior atrium that visually connects all three floors and welcomes sunlight from the skylights above. Glass walls and large windows create open and inviting learning spaces.

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How We Got Here


Sustainable features and a "green design" will help protect the integrity of our remarkable environmental setting.

Words From Our Alumni

See what some of our graduates have to say about their experiences studying science and conducting research at Saint Mary's.

Amy Zawacki

“Being able to do research is just another part of what makes this school really unique. It's a huge thing for an undergraduate student to have that experience.”

—Amy Zawacki ’15, Biology major, CNA at Sacred Heart Hospital

Evan Shockley

“Doing this type of research put me on an even playing field with students from the Ivy League. I don't think I had an advantage over most people applying, but that research experience put me in the game.”

—Evan Shockley ’14, Mathematics and Physics major, Physics Ph.D. student at the University of Chicago

Katie Leisen

“The techniques at Mayo Clinic, I've done in a (Saint Mary's) lab before. We get into it with more depth, but I already had the basic knowledge.”

—Katie Leisen ’15, Biology major, Mayo Clinic Research Intern

Jose Castellanos

“Very few students from bigger schools were able to do research alongside someone with their Ph.D. If they did research, it was with another student.”

—Jose Castellanos ’15, Biology major, first year medical school student at the University of Illinois

Katie Miller

“Our research could lead to something potentially life-changing in the future. I am very excited to see the future directions that this project will take, and I am thankful to have had the ability to play even a small role in this research.”

—Katie Miller ’15, Biology major, Gundersen Medical Foundation Kabara Cancer Institute Researcher

Scott Malotka

"What makes Saint Mary’s special is that students have research advisers who serve as mentors and answer questions. The sky's the limit at Saint Mary’s.”

—Scott Malotka ’14, Environmental Biology major, Biology graduate student at MSU Mankato

Bridget Pethke

“I'm very fortunate to have been able to travel to the Philippines ... I found learning how to interact with a different culture invaluable.”

—Bridget Pethke ’16, on her experience with her international Lasallian Research Grant. 

Science and Business Innovation

Thinking outside of the textbooks. Asking questions, interpreting data. Most importantly, achieving results. Are you looking for a degree in business that will prepare you for the challenges of an ever-evolving global business marketplace?

We reach out to industry leaders to challenge, work with, and mentor you. And we have creative programming to prepare tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.

Hoffman Hall Remodel Rendering
Replanning Spaces to Meet Student Need

With innovative majors, hands-on learning opportunities, and inventive teaching methods, Saint Mary's is providing our business students with more than just a degree. We are providing them with the knowledge, passion, and ethical leadership skills needed to excel in today's business climate.

Business and science are a natural pairing, which is why Saint Mary's created an innovative new space where these two disciplines can collaborate. Aquinas Hall features unique rooms including:

  • A makerspace which fosters hands-on collaborative experimentation for students across disciplines (common items found in makerspaces include 3D printers, laser cutters, robotics components, and snorkel fume hoods).
  • A computational lab that allows for students to apply computational and numerical techniques to solve large and complex problems.
  • A marketing intelligence center, in which students can see and access commodities, stocks, bonds, and demographic data from around the world.
  • Innovative classrooms, a sales training center, a digital teaming space, and the Kabara Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies Suite.