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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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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Science, Technology, and Society

Experience the sciences, social sciences, and humanities through a rigorous yet flexible curriculum and practical application. Learn how science impacts our world, our lives, and our communities, and how science is influenced by society and its economic, political, and cultural motives. Science, Technology, and Society majors graduate with the interdisciplinary knowledge, intellectual flexibility, communication, and problem solving skills that are crucial to every career path.

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Peace and Conflict Studies

In this program, you will learn the nature and dynamics of violent conflict and the conditions and practice of peace, from the local to the global level. You will explore the causes of violence—including structural, political, economic, cultural, and environmental injustices, human rights violations, and physical harm—and you’ll develop the skills necessary to build peace through everyday practices, nonviolent direct action, activism, conflict resolution, diplomacy, and policy change. This major includes a strong core of Political Science courses, supported by offerings in Anthropology, English, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, History, Journalism, Organizational Communication and Leadership, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, and Spanish.

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International Studies

Butler’s International Studies program supplements a political science component with the study of economics and culture. Combining a core curriculum with interdisciplinary freedom that cuts across traditional barriers, along with hands-on experience, you can steer your degree in any direction you please. Choices of interdisciplinary courses can be adapted to cultivate a degree that pursues a deeper understanding of the world as a whole.

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Environmental Studies

In a world of rapidly increasing human population, it has never been more important to focus on the environment and our interaction with it. The Environmental Studies major provides a flexible and rigorous curriculum that challenges students to explore the economic, political, cultural, technological, and scientific facets of environmental issues. Beyond the classroom, you will complete a community-based internship or other real-world experience related to the environment and sustainability. Our multidisciplinary approach, coupled with hands-on experience, prepares graduates for complex careers in exploration, management, preservation, and conservation of the natural environment.

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Spanish

An undergraduate degree in Spanish features a hands-on approach including immersive study abroad programs, service-learning in the Indianapolis community, and internships in both the United States and abroad. Students obtain the experiences necessary to improve language fluency and expand understanding of numerous cultures found throughout the world. Over 400 million people speak Spanish worldwide. Here at home, Spanish is the second-most-spoken language in the United States, touching all facets of our culture from media to education to business.

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Religion

Pursuing a degree in Religion helps students better understand not only their own religion, agnosticism, or atheism, but also other world religions and cultures. Using diverse methodological approaches and tools, including those from linguistics, literature, history, archaeology, anthropology, psychology, and sociology, our program ensures that students graduate with a more profound picture of the world and their place in it.

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