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Academics & Centers

Designed to blur the boundaries between disciplines and demystify the sciences, the new facility propels Trinity students to the exciting forefront of interdisciplinary research. Stunning spaces equipped with the most advanced teaching resources engage students and faculty from all disciplines in an academic hub of creative thinking, learning, and discovery.

The CSI is home to eight academic departments, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the McNair Scholars Program, as well as numerous other research, academic, and tutoring programs.

Academic Departments

Academic departments located in the CSI include:

Students participate in interdisciplinary majors and hands-on collaborative research within these departments. The biology and chemistry departments offer majors in biochemistry and biochemistry & molecular biology, and multiple disciplines in science and the humanities collaborate on the environmental studies program. Faculty from biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and psychology teach courses in neuroscience, biophysics, and biomathematics

Yet in the true spirit of the liberal arts, the CSI isn't just for scientists and engineers: the interdisciplinary nature of Trinity's curriculum exposes all students to the excitement of discovery and encourages entrepreneurship. Students in business or the humanities or can enroll in courses such as "The Chemistry of Art," "Landscape Across Time and Place," "Issues on Global Health," or "Mathematical Finance."

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship offers an opportunity for students to form multidisciplinary entrepreneurship project teams for transforming creative ideas into practical realities, and to interact with alumni entrepreneurs and creators in the San Antonio community.

Inside the CSI, the Center features collaborative ideation spaces, movable walls and furniture for breakout sessions, and open office spaces that students can reserve for design, development, and implementation. 

The Center also supports the interdisciplinary minor in entrepreneurship. The minor is designed to cultivate, coordinate, and integrate Trinity's diverse resources for the development and application of more creative entrepreneurial behavior and achievement. The minor builds on the overlap of three clusters of programs including art and humanities, science and engineering, and business and social sciences.

The McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program, named after the late physicist and Challenger astronaut Ronald E. McNair, prepares students for doctoral studies through involvement in research and other scholarly activities. Beginning their sophomore year, selected scholars are provided with an array of academic and career counseling services and cultural enrichment experiences.

The McNair Scholars Program is a U.S. Department of Education Trio Program that offers students:

  • Academic counseling
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Mentoring
  • Research opportunities
  • Seminars
  • Paid summer internships
  • Graduate school admission guidance

At the heart of the McNair Scholars Program is a paid ten-week summer research experience that allows McNair Scholars to conduct one-on-one research with a faculty mentor. Scholars receive a research stipend as well as free on-campus housing and a $1,000 room and board allowance during the summer research experience.