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School of Sciences

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

  • 85%
    MEDICAL SCHOOL ACCEPTANCE RATE
    (National Average 45%)
  • 93%
    PHARMACY SCHOOL ACCEPTANCE RATE
    (Classes of 2010-2014)
  • 89%
    PHYSICAL THERAPY SCHOOL
    ACCEPTANCE RATE
    (Classes of 2010-2014)
  • 94%
    NURSING SCHOOL ACCEPTANCE RATE
    (National Average 44%)

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
e-mail:  jmcguff1@cbu.edu

Paula Beechman, Administrative Assistant
phone:  901-321-3445
e-mail:  pbeecham@cbu.edu

School of Sciences NEWS

  • McGuffee Appointed Dean of School of Sciences Tuesday, July 12, 2016
    MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University has named Dr. James W. McGuffee to fill the position of Dean of the School of Sciences , one of the four major academic schools that comprise the Univ...
  • CBU Commencement Celebrates Class of 2015 Thursday, May 14, 2015
    MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University (CBU) will celebrate the graduation of the Class of 2015 with its official Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m. at Signaigo Field on the CBU...
  • CBU Awards Top Scholarships for Incoming Freshman Class Thursday, March 12, 2015
    MEMPHIS — Christian Brothers University (CBU) has announced the 2015 recipients of the Trustee Scholarship and  Leadership Scholarship , the most prestigious financial aid awards granted by th...