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Science & Engineering Profile

For those who wonder

Founded in 1860, Quincy University is a Catholic, coeducational, residential university committed to a thoughtful, hands-on liberal arts education rooted in the Franciscan values of servant leadership.

Located in western Illinois on the Mississippi River and accessible from St. Louis, Missouri, and Chicago, Quincy, Illinois, has all the comforts and security of a small town, but because we’re a regional hub, we have big-city benefits too. 

Around 1,300 students attend Quincy from 26 states and six foreign countries.

Making a quality private Catholic university education accessible is one of our highest priorities. It is for this reason that our tuition costs are highly competitive—the cost of a QU education is comparable to some state institutions. Our highly personalized academic experience along with our lower tuition costs provides a great value to students and their families.

Approximately 100% of students from all family income levels receive need- or merit-based financial assistance.

Over 70% of full-time faculty have the highest degrees in their fields. The student-faculty ratio is 13:1, and the average class size is 20 students.

Over 13,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 16 other countries. Approximately 92% of graduates find jobs in their fields or enroll in graduate school within six months of graduation.

With over 40 clubs and organizations, seven on-campus residence halls, plenty of community service projects, competitive intramurals, a dedicated Campus Activities Board, cross-country mission trips, multicultural events, and 16 D-II sports teams to cheer for, there is always something going on at Quincy—and never a reason to be bored.

Each year 100% of students participate in community service through campus ministry and mission trips.

A majority of our students live on campus in residence halls, apartments, Greek housing, and suite-style housing. All students are allowed to have cars on campus at no additional cost.

Our Honors Program offers academically gifted students a creative, stimulating, and challenging course of study. Academic excellence is promoted through critical thinking, original research, exceptional writing, and public presentation of scholarship. Honors housing offers an opportunity for students to establish a community of learners who share a commitment to education and to one another.

Study abroad
Students are encouraged to consider global study. Short-term programs in countries such as Italy and Costa Rica are available as well as semester-long programs in Rome and London. Additionally, Quincy participates in the College Consortium for International Studies, which allows students to choose from 48 programs in 29 countries.

Wireless Internet access is available campus wide, including in every residence hall. There are seven computer labs on campus, each averaging 20 computers and a printer for student use.

Quincy was named a 2016–2017 National College of Distinction and a Top 100 Regional University by U.S. News & World Report.

Real-world experience
All of our programs include ample opportunities for real-world experiences, from lab work and field trips to internships. Our students gain professional experience in a multitude of opportunities:
• Spend a week exploring the Galapagos Islands and other tropical destinations for academic credit.
• Work on Missouri Stream Team and Monarch Watch.
• Intern for pay at top-notch local health care institutions.
• Participate in field and lab work, and help with important research projects.
• Join the Pre-professional Club to share goals and experiences and watch professional presentations.




Division of Science and Technology
Degrees and Programs:
• Aviation
• Biology
• Chemistry
• Clinical Laboratory Science
• Computer Science
• Forensics
• Health Services
• Mathematics
• Nursing
• Pre-medical Sciences

Over 93% of science and technology graduates have been accepted to graduate or professional schools or secured employment in their field of study within one year of graduation.

Our programs are numerous and full of exciting opportunities: soaring high in the sky in your first week of class; working on a faculty-led experiment in one of our new, state-of-the-art science labs; or working on mobile app, gaming engine, and basic robotics development funded by a recent grant from Google—to name just a few. The Division of Science and Technology and its faculty will provide you with the skills and tools you need to be successful in an ever-evolving STEM (science/technology/engineering/mathematics) landscape.

Pre-medical Sciences
If you are thinking about a career in medicine, dentistry, optometry, podiatry, osteopathy, chiropractic, occupational therapy, veterinary, medicine, or physical therapy, Quincy University will put you on the road to success. Our Pre-medical Sciences program provides proven preparation in biology, chemistry, and physics. Combined with our Franciscan tradition of caring and our liberal arts foundation, your professional education will make you an incisive decision-maker and a lifelong leader in the field.

Our Pre-medical Sciences curriculum challenges the best and brightest. That’s why our science faculty members, who all hold a PhD, stay with you every step of the way. Whether you’re tackling a tough lab experiment or strategizing for admission to graduate school, the expertise of Quincy’s faculty gives you a winning edge.

Quincy University recommends that Pre-medical Sciences students complete a baccalaureate program in either Biological Sciences or Chemistry. Many medical and dental schools, however, do accept students majoring in other disciplines who have completed a pre-professional sequence in science and mathematics.