St. Bonaventure University

School of Arts & Sciences

Welcome to the largest and most diverse school at St. Bonaventure University. With some 40 majors and minors, excellent faculty and multidisciplinary programs, we offer something for everyone.

  • We service most of the courses for the General Education curriculum and the Honors Program. In addition, all university students, regardless of the school in which they're enrolled, take many of their classes within our school.

    In the driver's seat

    Flexibility and opportunity await you as a major in the School of Arts & Sciences. No matter what your choice, you'll feel right at home.

    Preparation for wherever that next step leads

    Arts & Sciences is an excellent source for professional training for any number of careers and for graduate school preparation.

    Students moving about a Quick Center galleryStudents looking ahead to post-graduate study in the health care field may take advantage of the university’s Franciscan Health Care Professions Program, and our Center for Law and Society prepares our students for law school.

    We develop programming that responds to changing societal demands and student interests. We offer bachelor's and master's degrees in the increasingly important and popular field of cybersecurity. We also offer an early assurance program in cybersecurity, guaranteeing qualified high school seniors placement in our master's program upon completion of their bachelor's degree.

    William A. Walsh Science Center at SBU

    William A. Walsh Science Center

    Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
    Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts


    Modern centers for the arts & sciences

    State-of-the-art facilities not only accommodate student research, creativity and performance, but serve as regional hubs for student and community engagement.

  • A student displaying a post of her project at the Expo

    Experiential learning: The Expo & much more

    Our annual Arts & Sciences Exposition is a celebration of our students' exceptional research and creativity, and just one of many ways in which an Arts & Sciences education extends beyond the classroom at SBU.

    Held each spring in the University Conference Center, the Expo is a popular two-day event that allows the campus community to review outstanding work of students mentored by faculty in the School of Arts & Sciences.

    Experiential learning in the School of Arts & Sciences doesn't end with the Expo. Many of our academic programs require internships, mentored research or capstone projects. Others encourage public service, emphasizing the personal growth that comes from using your knowledge and talents to help others.
  • High school STEM students holding certificates

    Programs for area school students and teachers

    The university hosts a number of annual events that foster interest in the arts and sciences among high school students across the region, and that aid the professional development of teachers in STEM fields.

  • About the School of Arts & Sciences

    Arts & Sciences Dean Dr. Dave HilmeyThe dean of the School of Arts & Sciences is Dr. David Hilmey.

    An associate professor of chemistry, Hilmey has taught at St. Bonaventure since 2008 and was named chair of the undergraduate program in chemistry in 2013. He was appointed dean of Arts & Sciences, the university's largest academic school, in 2016.

    A graduate of the University of New York at Buffalo, Hilmey earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from The Ohio State University in 2006. He served as a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University from 2006 to 2008. He has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 2002.

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    Instrumentation suite offers students a competitive edge

    May 11, 2020 |

    Creating safe cosmetics is on Madeleine Wedvik’s to-do list after graduation. For Joshua Little, pharmaceuticals is his targeted niche spot.

    Today each of these senior chemistry majors at St. Bonaventure University has a strong start toward achieving their goal thanks to Bona’s full suite of modern lab instrumentation.Joshua Little and Madeleine Wedvik, members of the Class of 2020

    Located in 315 De La Roche Hall, the instrumentation suite houses 12 pieces of research and teaching equipment, eight of which are newly purchased through a combination of grants, donor generosity and a partnership with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. 

    Estimated total cost is upwards of a million dollars. But the possibilities through hands-on, employable skills learned with the equipment is priceless. 

    The instruments are utilized by students in all the sciences: physics, chemistry, and biology.

    Dr. Scott Simpson, assistant professor of chemistry and a recipient of a National Science Foundation grant to identify pollutants in the environment, oversees use of the instruments by students in general chemistry and upper level chemistry sequences.

    “The suite enables us to teach students practical skills on basic forms of instrumentation that are widely applied in both academia and industry,” Simpson said. “This puts them ahead of students from larger schools that don’t offer that hands-on use.”

    It also enables them to do some pretty awesome research, Simpson added.

    Wedvik, a chemistry major from Westerly, Rhode Island, had the opportunity to author an article with Simpson, along with Dr. Kellie Gast, assistant professor of chemistry, and Patrick Schneider, visiting lecturer of chemistry, that was published in the open-access journal Chemistry Teacher International.

    “It’s my proudest academic achievement,” said Wedvik.

    Titled "Quantum Chemical Exercise Linking Quantum Mechanics to General Chemistry Topics," the article details an experiment intended to help general chemistry students learn concepts of quantum chemistry by using online theoretical models.

    Wedvik said working on research for the article helped her learn how to deal with failure.

    “I would enter 64 different molecules in the morning, which takes a lot of time, and all would fail because of issues with application,” she said. “I had to learn to be comfortable with things not working out.”

    Joshua Little, a chemistry and Spanish double major from Clarence, New York, credits his time in the instrumentation suite for giving him a competitive edge.

    “Being able as an undergraduate to use a lot of the instrumentation for research or for class is an experience that I’m definitely very thankful for,” Little said. “Typically I wouldn’t get to do that unless I was a grad student or thoroughly trained for multiple weeks. It’s been a great opportunity for me.”

    This fall he will enter the University of Maryland’s Ph.D. program in chemical and biomolecular engineering.

    Among the newest pieces of equipment in the suite is a UV-visible spectrophotometer, which helps students identify molecules and determine the amount of chemicals in solutions. Wedvik used it to research makeup remover efficiencies.

    “I’m really interested in advancing the clean beauty standard and creating makeup that isn’t harmful,” she said.

    Another piece of equipment is a liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. It is a staple instrument in clinical and forensic labs as well as a modern tool for biochemical research and protein identification. Simpson will utilize it in his research to identify emerging poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (which was the focus of the 2019 film “Dark Waters”) and pesticides on fruits.

    “These instruments completely enable high-quality research to be conducted here,” Simpson said.

    For Little, whose long-range career focus is in the production of life-saving pharmaceuticals on a large scale, the instrumentation suite at Bona’s has made all the difference.

    “Being at Bonaventure gives students the experience that a lot of larger state schools don’t normally offer undergraduate students, whether it be the one-on-one interactions with the professors or the instrumentation experience.” he said. “This sets us up for life once we’re outside of school. The possibilities are almost endless for us.”

    Most recent instrumentation added to the suite:

    2 FT-IR spectrometers
    UV-Vis spectrophotometer
    Atomic Absorption Spectrometer
    GCMS (tandem Gas Chromatography – Mass Spectrometer)
    LCMS (tandem Liquid Chromatography – Mass Spectrometer)
    Ion Chromatogram
    New Analytical Balances