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Christian Brothers University School of Sciences

CBU’s School of Sciences is a perfect fit for students who are serious about immersing themselves in a rigorous but supportive program that pushes them to achieve.

School of Sciences

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In the School of Sciences at CBU, we have many programs in the sciences and mathematics that can prepare you for graduate study and a career as a researcher or professional. Our programs can also take a more applications orientation and prepare you for a satisfying career that starts right after graduation. See our student success page for information about how well our graduates do, and see the featured alum section in our newsletters for examples.  
Here is a link to our current newsletter ,
and a link to our past featured alums.

There is no better example of the powerful learning environment than in CBU’s School of Sciences.
We offer undergraduate science and math degrees to students interested in

  • the health professions, 
  • the environment, 
  • research, 
  • computers and technology, and 
  • teaching licensure. 
We also have a degree in Natural Science that can be used as a "design your own degree," and a wide selection of courses that can prepare you for many areas that are multidisciplinary in nature. All classes and labs are small and taught by faculty members in a personalized and hands-on setting with many resources available.

The courses you need

At CBU we have the courses that are going to be important to your careers.  In particular, the health professional schools are more concerned about the courses you have than in the degree that you earn.  We also have a variety of courses that allow you to delve deeper into particular areas of interest.

Working with your schedule

Both science and engineering have courses that build on one another. For example, you need Principles of Chemistry I & II  before you take Organic Chemistry I & II, and you need Organic Chemistry II before you can take Biochemistry I & II. Sometimes these prerequisite courses go six or seven deep. It is important that the courses you need are offered in the semester that you need them if you are to graduate in a reasonable time frame. At CBU it is a priority to make sure that the courses you need are available to you in the semester that you need them.

Research in Memphis, TN

During your senior year you will participate in an internship and/or a mentored research project that pairs you with either a CBU faculty member or a researcher at a well-known institution. Past students have conducted significant research at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), at the University of Memphis, and at the Memphis Zoo. Internships and research projects often lead to permanent employment with area hospitals, health-related organizations, corporations and industries, and public and private schools.

CBU’s School of Sciences is a perfect fit for students who are serious about immersing themselves in a rigorous but supportive program that pushes them to achieve.

To see a list of the majors we offer, click here. To see the paradigms for these majors, click on the major you're interested in for more information. 

To see information about health careers, visit our Pre-Health Programs page.

To see the list of specific courses in each area, go to the Academic Programs page, then click on the particular department, then click on the courses link on the left.

For more information, please contact us: 

Dr. James McGuffee, Dean
phone:  901-321-3482

Paula Beechman, Administrative Assistant
phone:  901-321-3445

School of Sciences NEWS

  • Why One Science Professor Has Students Write a Children’s Book Friday, October 19, 2018
    Once Upon a Time, a Novel Teaching Idea by Dan Berrett,  The Chronicle of Higher Education Early in the semester, Stan Eisen presents students in his upper-level biology courses with...
  • CBU Appoints New Director of Nursing Thursday, July 13, 2017
    MEMPHIS — Dr. Jennifer Hitt has been appointed as director of the Nursing Program at Christian Brothers University (CBU). The director is responsible for overseeing CBU’s RN to BSN pro...
  • CBU to Host 2016 MHIRT Symposium on September 17 Monday, September 12, 2016
    MEMPHIS — This Saturday, students will present their summer research at the 2016 Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Symposium. This past summer, ...