STEM at Simmons

At the center of a STEM education at Simmons is active engagement, coupling innovative teaching with real-world research experience. You’ll build in-depth knowledge of the sciences — thinking flexibly to understand both theory and practical applications. From the laboratory to the library, you will make connections across disciplines, preparing you for a life of groundbreaking inquiry, insight, and impact.

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Access to Renowned Medical and Technology Hubs

Our campus is located in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, within walking distance of the Longwood Medical Area, where you’ll find ample opportunities for internships and clinical rotations at hospitals and medical research facilities. Simmons is also a short ride to Cambridge’s Kendall Square, an internationally recognized site of innovation that hosts 150 high-tech companies, including some of the most celebrated life science, technology, and pharmaceutical companies in the world.

Why Study STEM at Simmons?

Simmons is actively working to advance gender diversity in STEM fields by providing ample research opportunities, an inclusive campus culture, and faculty who are leaders in their fields and mentors in the classroom. Proportionally, more Simmons undergraduate students major in STEM than women at co-educational institutions. And year after year, our students, faculty, and alumnae/i continue to change the face of scientific research, collaboration, and innovation.

Our modern teaching laboratories are designed for high-impact, active-learning teaching and research practices and are capped at 16 students to increase faculty-student interactions. Four faculty-student research clusters foster interdisciplinary collaborations and include a biomedical ultrasound laboratory; a microscopy center; a separation, quantitation, and spectroscopy center; and three level two certified tissue culture and microorganisms laboratories.

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Meaningful Research

Our faculty and students are actively engaged in research, scholarship and creative work. They publish intriguing research articles, share their expertise at major conferences — and so much more.

Eric Luth working with a student in a science lab

Faculty Mentorship

You will learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields and pride themselves on being personal mentors.

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Science Center

Students and faculty innovate together in this vibrant, collaborative space where you will have access to state-of-the-art equipment in natural science labs, an exercise physiology lab and a Nursing Simulation Center. 

STEM by the Numbers


Undergraduate Programs in STEM

From Biochemistry to Computer Science to Physics and Statistics, we offer more than 20 undergraduate programs in STEM fields.

Find your STEM program


Undergraduate Students Major in STEM

We excel in preparing students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math. As of the fall of 2023, 24% of our undergraduate students are majoring in STEM fields.


Undergraduate Degrees in STEM

In May, 2023, over 34% of undergraduate degrees conferred were in STEM fields.

STEM in the News

Annabelle Hannah ’25 seated by a waterfall

Chemistry/Physics Student Accepted into Research Experience at UPenn

Annabelle Hannah ’25, a double-major in Chemistry and Physics, was accepted into the 2024 summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn). The 10-week program is funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF).

Group of Simmons Students

Debora Edouard ’24 and Kadijah McClean ’24 Open Simmons Chapter of the National Society of Black Women in Medicine

Established in 2017, the National Society of Black Women in Medicine is committed to increasing the recruitment and retention of Black women pursuing careers in the medical field. This academic year, Neurobiology major Debora Edouard ’24 and Biochemistry and Public Health minor Kadijah McClean ’24 co-founded the Simmons chapter of the Society.

Abigail Bloom, Aria Cooper, and Adriana Lizeth Campuzano Martinez

Simmons Welcomes Passionate Leaders Project Scholars for Spring 2024

The Passionate Leaders Project (PLP) supports Simmons undergraduates by enriching their academic and professional interests beyond the boundaries of a conventional classroom. Students may request up to $4,000 to support their research, internships, and creative endeavors. This semester’s cohort comprises student-scholars producing original research on healthcare for seniors, fashion sustainability, and the intersection of the arts, social justice, and gender-expansive agency.

Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield

Professor Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield Selected as a 2024 Fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Jennifer Roecklein-Canfield, Professor of Chemistry and Physics at Simmons, is among the 2024 cohort of Fellows within the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). She spoke with us about receiving this honor, advocating for women in STEM, and reimagining mentorship.

A model of a Perfluorooctanoic acid molecule.

Associate Professor of Biology Eric Luth Co-Authors Scientific Article with Former Students

Neurobiologist Eric Luth recently co-authored a peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A (October 2021) with several of his students: Celine Breton ’21, Kaitlyn Kessel ’23, Ariel Robinson ’19, and Kainat Altaf ’22. The piece traces developmental abnormalities among worm populations after exposure to environmental contaminants.

The Park Science Center building on the Simmons University campus

Honoring 50 Years of the Park Science Center and Celebrating a New Era at Simmons University

At the time it was built in the early 1970’s, the Park Science building served as a symbol of progress and achievement in women's-centered education. It challenged gender norms and societal expectations while promoting inclusivity and diversity in academia.

Stacey Pazar Huth

Dr. Stacey Pazar Huth ’87 Shares Family’s Multigenerational History with Simmons

Chemist and biomedical product developer Stacey Pazar Huth ’87 is a leading woman in medical diagnostics and research and development. Her connection to Simmons also involves her father, who helped build the campus, and her daughter, a current nursing major. We spoke with Huth about her Simmons journey, the gender bias in STEM, and her understanding of legacy.

Pictured: Students visit the MIT Museum: Raneem Mousa, Michelle Doroteo-Alvarez, Giselle Yang, Christine Felt, Leensyn Asmen, Minh Anh Bui

Simmons Creates Paths to Engineering

Simmons University is officially partnered with Washington University in St. Louis in the Engineering 3+2 program, in addition to Columbia University. As part of this program, students complete three years of course work at Simmons, followed by two additional years at a partner institution, earning both a Bachelor of Science in Engineering and a Bachelor of Science from Simmons.