The gift will fund the planning, renovation, and construction of science facilities on campus, including adaptable classrooms, laboratories, and faculty and staff space, in support of collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research. The project includes plans for a Life Sciences Corridor that will physically connect science programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
All Butler University undergraduates are required to take at least one science lab course. Over the past decade, the number of Butler students majoring in biology, chemistry, computer science, software engineering, physics, astronomy, and psychology has increased 36 percent. "After graduation, many of these students go on to help advance life sciences initiatives in central Indiana," said Jay Howard, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.