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  • Carol Rufo

  • Dr. Frances E. Weaver

    • Associate Dean of Science
    • Professor of Biology
    • Kirkbride, Room 319
    • Tel: 610-499-4519

Sciences, Arts & Sciences

Program Highlight

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Green Chemistry

Widener is the first university in the state of Pennsylvania to sign the Green Chemistry Commitment. Learn more about the chemistry program at Widener and what the agreement means for students and faculty.

Program Highlight

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Computer Science Programming Contest

High school students in the mid-Atlantic area participate in a competition to demonstrate their programming skills and problem-solving abilities in the computer language of their choice.

Program Highlight

Shade Tree Commission and GIS Mapping

Environmental science students work with the City of Chester’s Shade Tree Commission to study the health of the city’s trees and recommend new plantings, mapping their recommendations using a geographic information system (GIS).

Program Highlight

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Science Initiative for Retention of Freshmen (SIRF)

Science faculty members developed the SIRF program to improve university retention in biology, chemistry, and environmental science majors. Freshmen take four SIRF classes together, including a freshman seminar that focuses on developing independent learning and problem-solving skills.

Student Testimonial

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Undergraduate Research

Widener University students share their unique research experiences and how they turned knowledge into action. Watch video.

Science helps you understand the world through theory and application.

The sciences at Widener will prepare you for a professional career or graduate study in mathematics, physical, computer or natural sciences; as well as teach you how to design and conduct research, think critically, solve complex problems, and communicate clearly and persuasively.  

Our small and engaging classes provide you with intensive interaction with our faculty. We offer state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, which include The Widener Observatory, equipped with sophisticated telescopes for viewing distant planets, stars, and galaxies. 

Special attention is paid to undergraduate research, and our annual Student Project Day celebrates the work you produce. You also have the option to pursue specialized pre-professional programs in medicine, physical therapy, and other related fields.

Majors Offered

Minors are also available in most of the major disciplines, in addition to astronomy, environmental studies, sustainability science, experimental science, and natural science. Students can pursue double majors within the sciences, as well interdisciplinary programs.

Dual degrees in chemistry/chemical engineering and physics/mechanical or electrical engineering are offered in collaboration with the School of Engineering.

Why Widener?

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As early as freshman year, students have the opportunity to apply what they’re learning in the classroom to research projects that put them ahead of the game when applying for jobs or graduate school. These research projects, done in collaboration with our dedicated science faculty, often lead to scientific presentations by students at local, national, and international meetings.


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Career Preparation

Degrees in the sciences prepare students for a variety of careers in research laboratories, hospitals, industry, and government and nonprofit agencies. Students are also ready to apply to graduate programs, as well as for admission to medical, physical therapy, and other professional schools. For those interested in secondary education, Widener offers certifications in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, mathematics, and physics.


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Hands-On Learning

Science majors engage in active learning both inside and outside the classroom. Laboratory and field courses, research projects, co-ops, internships, and service learning provide real-world skills and experience. Students can also take advantage of study abroad opportunities. For example, environmental science students visit Costa Rica to study sustainable agriculture practices and help farmers harvest coffee beans for the production of Widener’s own coffee brand, WU Brew.