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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    Michelle Onofrio, Trevor North named SBU’s Ideal Bonaventure Students for the Class of 2020

    May 14, 2020 |

    Michelle Onofrio of West Haven, Connecticut, and Trevor North of Westfield, New York, have been named St. Bonaventure University’s Ideal Bonaventure Students for the Class of 2020.

    The Ideal Bonaventure Students exemplify the spirit of St. Bonaventure and the ideals of St. Francis through community service and academic excellence. They are selected by a committee that considers nominations from the campus community.

    Onofrio is graduating summa cum laude as a double major in music and psychology. North is graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in political science. The university is conferring degrees this Sunday (May 17).

    The Ideal Student honorary mentions are sport studies major Charity Hammond from Hamden, Connecticut, who is graduating cum laude, and Cameron Hurst of Jamestown, New York, who completed degrees in journalism and music, summa cum laude, in December 2019.

    Michelle Onofrio Michelle Onofrio’s devotion to the university and the spirit that it embodies has taken several forms throughout her college career. She has been a student ambassador, giving campus tours to prospective students and their parents, and a student coordinator for Mountain on the Road, where she brings her faith and love for Mt. Irenaeus all over the country, serving as an ambassador for Bona’s and for the mountain.

    She has also been active in College Choir, Chamber Singers, Music Ministry, SBU for Life, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mountain Community Leaders, and Psi Chi, the national Psychology Honor Society.

    Monica Emery, director of Volunteer Relations and Events in the Office of Admissions at the university, watched Onofrio “share her home and heart in her own unique way” on campus tours. Emery was Onofrio’s supervisor as a student ambassador, but she has seen Onofrio’s leadership and dedication in all aspects of her college experience.

    “I have had the pleasure of attending several concerts by our music program in which Michelle participated. The joy she expressed while singing and playing were obvious and genuine. Though Michelle certainly works hard to hone her musical skills, as a person of tremendous faith she truly sees her passion and talent for music as gifts from God. She recognizes sharing herself and her talent with others is a way to honor Him,” Emery said.

    Onofrio’s eagerness to get involved and work with others makes her stand out, said Dr. Althea Need Kaminske, associate professor of psychology, who was Onofrio’s professor and research adviser in the Center for Attention, Learning and Memory.

    “Over the last three years, Michelle has been involved in a variety of roles in the lab. She has worked her way up from being a research assistant to project leader, who trains other research assistants and helps manage the day-to-day operations of data collection,” Kaminske said.

    Onofrio has distinguished herself as a scholar and secured acceptance to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program at Fairfield University.

    Trevor North webThe Richter Recreation Center was a second home to Trevor North during his time on campus.

    Active in club sports and intramurals, North was a member of the men’s club volleyball and soccer teams and intramural basketball, soccer and volleyball teams.

    Rob DeFazio, director of the Center for Activities, Recreation and Leadership and the Richter Recreation Center, said North is a very high energy person with the ability to move from event to event without slowing down. 

    North, who minored in law & society and philosophy, was active on the SBU Mock Trial team, serving as president the past year. He also offered counsel on SBU constitution conflicts to the Student Government Association as its associate justice for two years and as chief justice his senior year.

    In addition, North has been a member of the Orientation Team, Black Student Union, Spectrum, College Democrats, and served as a Peer Coach leader, Student Admissions Ambassador, and Warming House volunteer.

    “Trevor is a student easily recognized by his peers as a leader who carries out the idea of what a Bonaventure student should be,” said DeFazio.

    North’s drive, determination and friendliness is infectious, say several classmates who nominated him for the award, describing him as a considerate teammate and patient leader.

    Margot Hickey, coordinator of Intramural, Recreation & Club Sports, said North is also quick to volunteer to help others in need. He was a coordinator for Bona Buddies and was one of the students to start and organize the new food pantry on campus.

    North plans to attend Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh this fall.


    About the University: The nation’s first Franciscan university, we believe in the goodness of every person and in the ability of every person to do extraordinary things. St. Bonaventure University cultivates graduates who are confident and creative communicators, collaborative leaders and team members, and innovative problem solvers who are respectful of themselves, others, and the diverse world around them. Named the #1 regional university value in New York and #2 in the North by U.S. News and World Report, we are establishing pathways to internships, graduate schools and careers in the context of our renowned liberal arts tradition.