Academic Excellence

The Jordan Hall of Science is Notre Dame’s commitment to academic excellence in undergraduate science education.

Jordan Hall - early dusk

It’s a bold step toward redefining the role of Notre Dame’s College of Science. Whether students are interested in chemistry, biochemistry, engineering, physics, or biology, Notre Dame is defining the kind of teaching and learning necessary for the 21st century by cultivating a life-changing experience for undergraduates.

Departments in the College of Science

Center for Health Sciences Advising

Students interested in all health professions, regardless of their major, are able to go to one central location in Jordan Hall to seek advice and information. The advisors assist students with course planning, the professional school admissions process, and finding undergraduate research experiences. The offices are located in 219 Jordan Hall and can be reached at (574) 631-4890.

Real world, real time, real life

How the Jordan Hall of Science facility supports our curriculum in a way that puts us on the cutting edge in science education:

  • Undergraduate education
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Real lab research environment
  • Advising on site
  • Integrates science into campus life
  • Fosters new discoveries

Enriching undergraduate education

The facility’s design provides multiple technology channels for teaching and learning that support Notre Dame’s trademark commitment to students, creative approaches, and dedication to teaching that give our students a distinct advantage.

  • Inquiry-based, integrative learning: interactive lectures with professor and peers, quizzes in real time via laptops, experiments conducted via video
  • Enhanced courses include lab components for preprofessional students
  • The facility’s technology allows exposure to Nobel Prize winners and world experts who can join classroom discussion
  • Instructors and students can produce their own spectacular star shows as part of the lesson for the day

Generating interdisciplinary collaboration and integration

The facility’s spaces and equipment support the science education trend toward multidisciplinary study and support collaborative learning and teaching.

  • Design spaces create an environment that offers students unprecedented opportunities for collaboration—for example, integration of engineering with life sciences
  • Students from across the university—from chemistry. civil engineering, geological sciences to art, art history, and design and architecture—can experience their studies in a whole new light

Learning in a true laboratory research environment

Jordan Hall provides state-of-the-art labs for conducting complex experiments, supporting the mentoring students receive through collaboration with faculty while they conduct modern research in a safe and progressive scientific environment. Few universities in the world can boast of having a single, modern facility where undergraduates can perform experiments using state-of-the-art research instrumentation in the course of their studies in biology, chemistry, and physics. The labs provide pre-lab lecture space and data analysis rooms.

Creating an environment for a new way to “live with science”

The Jordan Hall welcomes students. It helps integrate science into campus life with spaces conducive to living and learning—a snack shop, study areas, advisement offices, a resource center for undergraduate research, and a beautiful common space outside. Here, science is not separate from artwork and art spaces; one can experience not only the function, but also the beauty and meaning of science.

Fostering new discoveries

Our facility fosters new discoveries in the study of botany, ecology, evolution, biodiversity and conservation, regional and global environmental change, genetics, natural products chemistry, archeology, and anthropology, to name a few. The new Museum of Biodiversity will allow students to experience a vast array of naturally occurring substances--some of which may hold the key to new discoveries in drug treatments for diseases such as cancer.