Physics

Butler’s Physics major provides a solid academic program and the opportunity to work closely with faculty on original research projects and student theses. The major encourages hypothetical thinking, intensive study, and hands-on, experiential learning in a rich, multifaceted approach to the discipline of physics that mirrors its core tenants: curiosity, scientific study, and practical application. With access to state-of-the-art equipment such as a laser and quantum physics laboratory and the Big Dawg supercomputer, alongside paid departmental research opportunities and a high placement rate to research positions, internships, graduate school, and industry, the Physics major prepares students to succeed.

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Mathematics

Butler’s Mathematics major follows the Committee for Undergraduate Program in Mathematics guidelines—one of the few undergraduate programs to do so. The Department of Mathematics and Actuarial Sciences provides students with a close-knit departmental body, collaborative research, and opportunities to travel to conferences and problem-solving competitions. Boasting a sophisticated curriculum and direct faculty contact, our Mathematics major creates outstanding real-world problem solvers who excel in graduate programs, professional study in law or medicine, or high-paying careers in government, industry, and teaching.

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Exploratory Natural Sciences

The Exploratory Natural Sciences program is designed for students who have an interest in natural science or health-related fields, but may benefit from initial exposure to available majors to identify the right fit. Students in Exploratory Natural Sciences take a variety of intro-level coursework in the sciences to help determine where their interests may lie. With the opportunity to explore a variety of majors in the natural sciences, students are sure to develop new skills and learn about a variety of career paths before fully immersing themselves in a major.

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Computer Science

Butler’s Computer Science major blends academic coursework with research, internship, and service opportunities to prepare students for graduate school and the working world. The Computer Science and Software Engineering Department offers access to the Big Dawg supercomputer, networking lunches and programming contests, and the unique opportunity to create software for nonprofit organizations through participation in our Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program. With the small class sizes of a liberal arts school and the rigorous, well-rounded curriculum and premier resources of a dedicated tech school, students have all the advantages they need to excel.

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Chemistry

The Chemistry program offers an undergraduate degree that emphasizes experiential learning and problem solving. Students are invited to work side-by-side with faculty in a collaborative research environment, creating a personal learning experience tailored to their interests. With access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, internships in local chemical and pharmaceutical companies, and graduate retention rates higher than the national STEM norm, Butler’s Chemistry major transforms students into scholars.

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Biology

Butler’s Department of Biological Sciences will prepare you to excel as a broadly-trained scientist, capable of thriving in multiple fields. Butler Biology alumni have careers in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, biological and medical research, business, law, education, government, and biotechnology, just to name a few. The curriculum is intentionally designed to provide students with scientific foundations as well as the literature, laboratory, experimental design, and communication skills to succeed in any field or profession. With a high placement rate, Butler’s Biology graduates enjoy successful and fulfilling careers throughout the entire country.

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Biochemistry

The Biochemistry major offers an undergraduate degree program that emphasizes experiential learning and problem solving. Students are invited to work side-by-side with faculty in a collaborative research environment, creating a personal learning experience tailored to their interests. With access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, internships in local biotech companies, and graduate retention rates higher than the national STEM norm, Butler’s Biochemistry major transforms students into scholars.

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Astronomy and Astrophysics

The Astronomy and Astrophysics major combines traditional coursework with hands-on experience in a curriculum that emphasizes practical application and academic excellence. Students have access to world-class research facilities and equipment, including remote access to telescopes around the world, access to the fully automated 1-meter telescope at the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium, and use of our on-campus supercomputer, Big Dawg. Many students present their research at the annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society. With paid departmental research opportunities and a high placement rate to research positions and internships, Butler’s Astronomy and Astrophysics major helps students take their knowledge out of the classroom and into the world—and beyond.

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Astronomy

The Astronomy minor combines traditional coursework with hands-on experience in a curriculum that emphasizes practical application and academic excellence. Students have access to world-class research facilities and equipment, including remote access to telescopes around the world, access to the fully automated 1-meter telescope at the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium, and use of our on-campus supercomputer, Big Dawg. With paid departmental research opportunities and a high placement rate to research positions and internships, Butler’s Astronomy minor helps students take their knowledge out of the classroom and into the world—and beyond.

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Actuarial Science

The Actuarial Science major boasts a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare students for all necessary professional aptitude examinations. Butler’s small class sizes, enthusiastic learning environment, and high employment placement rate of our graduates makes our Actuarial Science program one of the most successful in the country. With internship opportunities at top area companies, along with our exceptional faculty, all students receive the personal, comprehensive education they need to begin a successful career as a professional actuary.

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