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Science & Engineering Profile

Inquiring minds need a place to explore: our new 70,000-sq. ft. facility provides a state-of-the-art home for all of the disciplines in Saint Francis University’s School of Sciences.

A Franciscan approach to engineering
Real-world experience and a dedication to service learning is the hallmark of engineering at Saint Francis University in Loretto, Pennsylvania. In our program you will learn to use math and science to solve some of the most important problems facing society today, and we believe that you should start putting your skills to good use even before you graduate. 

Our students put their education into action with design projects for class, paid internships, summer research, and engineering service projects both in Pennsylvania and abroad. By combining classroom learning with authentic projects, our students develop the wide variety of skills needed to be successful in the rapidly growing field of engineering. 

Degree options
Environmental Engineering.Four-year ABET-accredited program all at Saint Francis leading to a B.S. in environmental engineering 

3-2 Dual Degree Engineering. Five-year program in any branch of engineering leading to a B.A. from SFU and a B.S. from the partner school

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. Four-year program preparing students to be engaged and conscientious leaders in the industry 

A passion for environmental
Environmental engineering is one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States. Environmental engineers use the principles of science and math to manage ecosystems, restore polluted lands, and protect our soil, air, and water resources. These natural resources are just what people need to lead healthy and productive lives, and, accordingly, environmental engineers are in high demand.

The University’s rural mountainous setting makes it the perfect location for an accredited environmental engineering curriculum that can move fluidly from classroom to field site. Students in the program prepare to be leaders in the environmental engineering profession by focusing on lab-scale experimentation, field-scale design, theory and computer modeling, written and oral communication, and ethical decision making.

The SFU difference
Classrooms without walls. Our students get experience in the field and in the lab as well as behind a desk. SFU classroom settings match the workplace environment. 

Communication skills in every class. Engineers need to be able to explain their ideas to others. Our students practice communication skills in every engineering class they take.

Internships and summer research positions. Engineering majors can gain valuable experience while they are still in school. We help our students get connected with internship experiences and summer research.

Individualized instruction. With engineering class sizes averaging between 10–15 students, you’ll get one-on-one attention from the professor. 

Real-world design projects. Our students work on real design projects drawn from our partners in industry and nonprofits.

A solid grounding in the liberal arts. We expect our graduates to become leaders in their professions and their communities. A liberal arts education rooted in tradition gives them the solid background needed to take a Franciscan approach to engineering.



Take a look inside our new Science Center

• Ground Floor: Computer Science Research Lab and Programming Classroom, Engineering Lab, Mathematics Student Zone, Physics Lab, Strata Display, Vivarium and Animal Lab

• First Floor: Environmental Research Lab, Greenhouse, Tank Room, Microbiology Lab, Genetics Lab, Freshman Lab, Aquatics Lab, Ecology Lab, Anatomy Lab, Cell Culture Lab, Dark Room, Biology Secure Community Room

• Second Floor: General Chemistry Lab, Studio Classroom, Organic Chemistry Lab, Science Outreach Room, Cold Room, NMR Room, Upper-Level Lab, Instrument Room, Biochemistry/
Forensics Lab, Student/Faculty Research Lab and Biochemistry Research Lab, Fluorometer Room, Chemistry Secure Community Room

A Snapshot of Saint Francis University

A private, Catholic, coeducational liberal arts and sciences institution founded in 1847, located in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania on a 600-wooded-acre campus less than two hours from Pittsburgh

Approximately 1,800
undergraduate students and 2,400 total students enrolled in four professional schools: Arts and Letters, Business, Health Sciences, and Sciences

School of Sciences
Programs include:
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Computer Science
• Engineering
• Mathematics
• Pre-professional (Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Veterinary, etc.)