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Academics

College Competencies, Experiences and Proven Learning Outcomes

The Holy Cross Experience prepares you to become a knowledgeable, compassionate, and confident leader in your chosen field. You’ll develop what the Brothers of Holy Cross call “the competence to see and the courage to act!”

Regardless of your major, all Holy Cross students share a core of exceptional academic experiences and individual accomplishments while earning their BA degree. From the first semester of freshman year to the final semester of senior year, you and your fellow classmates form a community of learners who participate in the same core curriculum and key experiences and together practice cooperation, communication and leadership to accomplish your goals.

Our experiential learning program includes–service learning, international travel, a professional internship, classroom experiences, and a Capstone Presentation.

This one-of-a-kind core has been developed out of a long tradition of practical, liberal arts education and is focused on producing strong graduates who possess five core competencies that employers and graduate schools look for in their candidates. Our graduates are:

• Critical and Creative Thinkers
• Effective Communicators-Both Written and Oral
• Developed in Human and Spiritual Growth
• Technologically Savvy and Computer Literate
• Able to Reason Quantitatively

No matter what you do or where you go in life, these college competencies will support and magnify your success. You’ll develop these competencies through structured assignments and classroom participation, and you’ll be tested by experience in the real world.

Mt. Carmel Program

For students from Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we are pleased to offer a special discount. The cost for Saints & Scholars is only $225 – and that includes everything. If you wish to participate also in Notre Dame Vision, the $225 will be your deposit and Notre Dame will follow up for the remainder (and our registration page will indicate how you might be able to qualify for extra aid from Notre Dame, too).

For all of you not from Our Lady of Mount Carmel, remember that your regular cost is also already discounted, and we do have additional financial aid available. If you are in need of additional financial aid, contact us at mgriffin@hcc-nd.edu.

Biology

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Biology is the scientific study of living organisms. The disciplines range from studying the structure of biomolecules to the interaction of species with their environment.

The biology major at Holy Cross is designed to be flexible in meeting the needs and interests of students. The degree prepares students well for further education in master’s, doctoral, and professional programs. Students are introduced to the discipline in the two-semester introductory course, Principles of Biology. Beyond that students are encouraged to select across the breadth of the discipline from ecological aspects to molecular/cellular aspects. Supporting the biology courses are course in general chemistry, calculus and physics. All students are encouraged to seek an undergraduate research experience to supplement their coursework.

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Program Focus


biology.labAt Holy Cross College, biology majors will experience biology within a Catholic educational environment. Coursework exposes students to core training in the sciences and mathematics, while integrating the curriculum within a liberal arts context. Courses are taught from an evolutionary perspective, which explains the unity and the diversity of life.

Depending upon the students’ interests and goals they may be advised to take supporting courses in chemistry, physics, biotechnology, or computers science. Biology majors interested in medical school will be advised to take the supporting courses: CHEM 212 (Organic Chemistry II), BIOL 256 (Anatomy and Physiology II), BIOL 308 (Molecular Biology), BIOL/CHEM 420 (Biochemistry) in addition to PHYS 152 (Physics II). Biology majors interested in areas of general biology will be advised to take BIOL 211 (Botany), BIOL 315 (Ecology) and BIOL 461 (Molecular Biotechnology Techniques).

Science students could easily achieve a minor in biotechnology or computer science to couple this broad training to additional areas of interests relevant to postgraduate studies or careers in the biological sciences. Non-science majors could easily obtain a minor in biology to complement their educational background and credentials. Those entering the biology field directly may work in natural resources, pharmaceutical industries, biotechnology, environmental testing and management, clinical laboratories, animal care and research, and many others.

Students will have the opportunity to diversify their biology education by being part of the tri-campus community of Holy Cross College, Saint Mary’s College and the University of Notre Dame. Students at Holy Cross are able to enroll in courses at the Notre Dame through the ND Co-Exchange Program as well as Saint Mary’s College via the Northern Indiana Consortium for Education (N.I.C.E.). Through these programs, students can experience the rich academic environment of the Notre Dame tri-campus community while attaining a personalized education at Holy Cross College.

Major Requirements



Sample of Classes Required In Major

Required Courses Must take all of the following: Credits
BIOL 151 Principles of Biology I: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity (plus lab) 4
BIOL 209 Genetics (plus lab) 4
BIOL 255 Human Anatomy & Physiology (plus lab) 4
BIOL 312 Microbiology (plus lab) 4
BIOL 409 Biology Research/Independent Study 3
CHEM 151 Principles of Chemistry I (plus lab) 4
CHEM 152 Principles of Chemistry II (plus lab) 4
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I (plus lab) 4
MATH 210 Statistics & Probability 3
MATH 151 Calculus I for Science 4
PHYS 151 Physics for Science, Medicine, and Engineering I (plus lab) 4
IDST 400 Biology Internship 3
IDST 499 Biology Capstone 3
Must also take 19 biology elective credits.
Must also take 6 elective chemistry, computer science, and physics credits.
Must also take 8 open elective credits.
Must also take 37 core curriculum credits.
Total required for major 120

Minor Requirements


Sample of Classes Required In Minor

Required Courses Must take all of the following: Credits
BIOL 151 Principles of Biology I: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity (plus lab) 4
BIOL 152 Principles of Biology II: Cell and Molecular (plus lab) 4
CHEM 151 Principles of Chemistry (plus lab) 4
Must take at least 10 credits of the following:
BIOL 209 Genetics (plus lab) 4
BIOL 211 Botany (plus lab) 4
BIOL 255 Human Anatomy & Physiology (plus lab) 4
BIOL 308 Molecular Cell Biology 3
BIOL 312 Microbiology (plus lab) 4
BIOL 315 Ecology (plus lab) 4
IDST 400 Biology Internship 3
IDST 409 Biology Research/Independent Study 3
Total required for minor 22

Biology-Health Profession


If the student’s goal is to obtain admission to professional school after completion of the bachelor’s degree, the advisor will work with the student to optimize the program of study so that both the bachelor’s degree is completed as well as the needed coursework for admission to the student’s program(s) of interest. Four year plans will consider what courses should be prioritized before national standardized admissions exams are taken after the junior year. Depending on career goals, exams may include the MCAT, DAT, GRE, LSAT, or others.

All pre-medical and pre-dental students need pre-calculus algebra and trigonometry knowledge. Some medical schools (5 of the 142 MD schools) and dental schools (3 of the 66 dental schools) require Calculus I, but most do not. Almost all optometry schools (18 of the 21 OD schools) do require calculus, and pharmacy schools do too. Typically, only biochemistry, chemistry, energy science, math, and physics majors will need more than one semester of calculus. Statistics and Probability (Math 210) is recommended for students planning on taking the MCAT. Students interested in working in a bioscience, forensic science laboratory or attending graduate school in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Biology, or Chemistry should consider taking Bioinformatics (BIOL 235) and Molecular Biotechnology Techniques (BIOL 461).

Visit our Health Professions page to learn more about specific classes Holy Cross offers.

Faculty


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Lynne Csiszar-Cary, Ph.D.
Chair, Division of Natural Sciences
Associate Professor of Biology

Prior to arriving at Holy Cross College, I worked as a research scientist in the pharmaceutical industry for Miles Laboratories/Bayer, a director of product development for American Biogenetic Sciences, and an Associate Professor of Biochemistry and administrator for 13 years at Bethel College. At Bethel I taught upper level science courses, developed an undergraduate research program in breast cancer and a graduate program in biotechnology. I am committed to life-long learning. I hold a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, an M.S. in Microbiology from the University of Notre Dame and two degrees from Purdue University: a B.S. in Biology and B.A in Psychology. My Ph.D. research characterizing IFP2, an invertebrate transposable element was published in the journal Virology. Currently, I’m completing a M.S. in Project Management at the University of Wisconsin.

As Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences, I believe supporting students with mentoring and career advising is critical for maximizing success in medical school, post-graduate programs, and science careers. Through this support, faculty and staff add value to each student’s Holy Cross experience. My philosophy of teaching is transforming undergraduate students’ lives through a synergy of classroom, research laboratory and real-life internship experiences. My greatest joy as a faculty member is knowing my students personally outside of the classroom and helping them discover their personal career calling. I am also interested in developing community partnerships improving STEM programs, supporting Catholic undergraduate education, and advocating for social justice.

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Br. Lawrence Unfried, C.S.C., M.S.
Adjunct Professor of Biology

Martin Sulkanen
Martin Sulkanen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics

My Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University led me to a post-doctoral fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a career in astrophysics with companies and organizations such as NASA Marshall Flight Center, Michigan Research and Development Center, and Leidos, Inc. Because of my lifelong fascination with the profound consequences of the basic principles of physics on our universe, I have studied binary star systems, galactic radio jets, and worked on NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory Project Science Team.

As a professor of physics and mathematics, I encourage my students to develop an intuitive understanding for physics to guide the understanding of further mathematical analysis: “don’t get lost in the equations!” My students have gone on to a variety of careers in places such as at Yale University, the International Space Station and the the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Yuhui Lu
Yuhui Lu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry

The study of chemistry is necessary for students who want to pursue a career in natural science, medical science, and engineering. It also helps liberal art students to improve their reasoning skills, understand scientific methodology, and gain deeper insight between human-nature relationships. I challenge all my students, regardless of background, to engage in logic, diligence, and self-discipline.

I have earned Ph.D.s in both chemistry and electrical engineering. I use this combination of disciplines to research nanoelectronics and single molecular devices with colleagues at the University of Notre Dame. I have also been a principal investigator of grants with the National Science Foundation, and undergraduate research supervisor. I am currently pursuing a variety of research opportunities for Holy Cross students.

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Elvira Baumgartner, M.S.

Mary Merrill, M.A.
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Department Contact


Lynne Csiszar-Cary, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
lcsiszarcary@hcc-nd.edu
(574) 239-8409

Academic Conferences and Presentations

Holy Cross College hosts annual conferences, presentations, and seminars for high school students, college students and academic professionals.

Upcoming Conferences and Presentations

Practical Lessons in Success Speaker Series, Fall 2016


Practical Lessons in Success is a Holy Cross College business seminar series where successful business entrepreneurs share their secrets to students, faculty, and the local community. The program provides a real world business prospective that amplifies the academic experience, yet contain valuable insights for any business executive in today’s highly competitive business environment.

The fall 2017 speakers are David Parrish, September 21; Maritza Robles, October 26; and Tom McGovern, November 16. All programs are Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in Driscoll Auditorium on the Holy Cross College campus. Seminars are free, open to the public, and are followed by a reception on campus.

For more information on speakers, please visit Practical Lessons in Success.

36th Annual Holy Cross History Conference, June 1-4, 2017


The conference will be held at Holy Cross College. All interested presenters are requested to submit a 1-2 page outline or summary of their paper to Brother Larry Stewart, archives@brothersofholycross.com, for evaluation by the conference planning committee.

The submission deadline for presentations is December 1, 2016.

For more information on registering for the conference and directions on submitting a paper, please visit Labor & Leisure Conference.

Labor & Leisure Conference, July 10-11, 2017


Holy Cross College and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Stalowa Wola Campus, Poland will convene an academic conference on July 10-11, 2017 with the theme “Labor & Leisure.”

The submission deadline for papers is March 10, 2017.

For more information on registering for the conference and directions on submitting a paper, please visit Labor & Leisure Conference.

Saints & Scholars Theology Institute, July 2017


The Saints & Scholars Summer Theology Institute is an week-long theology institute for high school students. It is an intellectual and spiritual journey that balances study, reflection, recreation, and prayer. Attendees will experience a course of study led by distinguished Holy Cross professors. Through small groups, lively discussions, and direct community engagement, students will have the opportunity to think deeply about how their faith relates to big questions facing our world, as well as a chance to share community-building experiences with 80 other students from around the country.

The 2017 Saints & Scholars dates are July 16-21 and July 23-28.

For more information on the institute and registration options, please visit Saints & Scholars.

Past Conferences and Presentations

Symposium on The Politics of Penance, September 23, 2016


To celebrate the publication of The Politics of Penance, a book by Dr. Michael Griffin, chair of the theology department, three professors from Holy Cross College and the University of Notre Dame will discuss their reactions to the book and how it fits into their academic specialties. Dr. David Lutz will tackle the philosophy of the book, Dr. Alesha Seroczynski will respond from a criminal justice perspective, and Shawn Storer, M.Div., will discuss the concepts of war and penance.

To learn more about Dr. Griffin’s book, please visit the publisher, Wipf and Stock.

MGI Conference, October 20, 2016


The purpose of the Michiana Gerontology Institute of Holy Cross College is to provide intergenerational outreach and education to improve the lives of elderly through service and awareness. Through expansion and growth, the institute will continue to facilitate the involvement, integration and coordination of organizations and individuals to service older adults in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan. The MGI conference is an opportunity for organizations and individuals who provide services for older adults in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan to meet for greater coordination and integration.

The 2016 MGI conference is October 20 at the The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in South Bend, IN.

For more information the institute or conference, please visit the Michiana Gerontology Institute.

IB Student Conference, October 21, 2016


Sponsored by Holy Cross College and the Hoosier Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools (HIBS), the IB Student Conference is the major event for all IB World Schools in Indiana. The conference aims to provide a forum for all students involved in the Diploma Years Program, Career-related Program, Middle Years Program, and Primary Years Program. The conference especially attracts IB juniors and seniors from Indiana high schools who present talks and share their insight about various IB related topics that are shared with others, and to learn about issues relevant to all students.

The keynote speaker this year is Brianna Smrke, IB Diploma graduate from Michael Powers-St. Joseph High School in Toronto, Ontario, who will give a talk entitled “The Elephant and the Rider: Using Insights from Psychology to Pave Your Path to Success”

The 2016 IB Student Conference is October 21 at Holy Cross College.

To learn more about this year’s IB Student Conference, visit IB Conference Comes to Campus.

For more information the HIBS or IB programs, please visit Hoosier Association of International Baccalaureate World Schools.

Labor & Leisure Conference

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July 10-11, 2017

Holy Cross College
54515 State Road 933 North
Post Office Box 308
Notre Dame, IN 46556, USA

Holy Cross College and the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Stalowa Wola Campus, Poland will convene an academic conference on July 10-11, 2017 with the theme “Labor and Leisure.”

The keynote speaker will be Carolyn Woo, former president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, a position she held for the last four years. Prior to that, she served as Dean of Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Her teaching, research, and administrative leadership have been recognized through numerous honors and awards.

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Theatre and Dance

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Theatre and dance allow performers to explore the experiences of humans and the universe. Students of these arts study human ideas, values, relationships, obsessions, and accomplishments, and then reflect those values back to their audiences. Studying theatre and dance can teach performance and presentation skills, strong verbal and written communication skills, the ability to work under pressure, leadership skills and creative, collaborative problem-solving skills.

Through a collaboration with Saint Mary’s College, Holy Cross College students have the opportunity to further their interest in theatre performance, theatre production or dance. This will give them the basis for a theatre or dance major at another school, and a strong foundation for graduate school or a career in the arts, or another job field such as business, education, government, performance or publishing.

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Program Focus


danceHoly Cross College encourages its students to express themselves through the performing arts. Theatre and dance classes are an integral part of the creative identity of many students. Holy Cross students who wish to prepare for a major in theatre or dance will take fundamental classes at Holy Cross, as well as train with Saint Mary’s College faculty, engage in theatre and dance productions, and participate in Saint Mary’s College’s Margaret Hill Visiting Artist Series.

For more information on the theatre and dance majors at Saint Mary’s, please visit www.saintmarys.edu/academics/departments/communication-studies-dance-theatre.

Theatre Production Track


Sample of Classes Required In Track

Required Courses Must take all of the following:
THTR 245 Stagecraft
THTR 265 Play Analysis for the Theatre
THTR 375 Rehearsal and Performance
THTR 300/400 Theater Elective (300 or 400 level)
Total required for track: 12

Theatre Performance Track


Sample of Classes Required In Track

Required Courses Must take all of the following:
THTR 205 Introduction to Acting
THTR 265 Play Analysis for the Theatre
THTR 375 Rehearsal and Performance
THTR 300/400 Theater Elective (300 or 400 level)
Total required for track: 12

Dance Track


Sample of Classes Required In Track

Required Courses Must take all of the following:
DANC 243 Dance Ensemble Workshop
Must take 4 of the following:
DANC 144 Modern Dance Technique: Beginning
DANC 145 Ballet Technique: Beginning
DANC 146 Improvisation
DANC 148 Jazz Technique: Beginning
DANC 149 Body Conditioning I
DANC 150 Tap Technique: Beginning
DANC 243 Dance Ensemble Workshop
DANC 244 Modern Dance Technique: Intermediate
DANC 245 Ballet Technique: Intermediate
DANC 247 Classical Pointe Technique: Beginning/Intermediate
DANC 248 Jazz Technique: Intermediate
DANC 249 Body Conditioning II
DANC 250 Tap Technique: Intermediate/Advanced
DANC 344 Advanced Modern
DANC 345 Advanced Ballet
DANC 347 Advanced Pointe Variations
DANC 348 Advanced Jazz
Must take 1 of the following:
DANC 240 Introduction to Dance
DANC 241 Contemporary Issues in Dance
DANC 242 Dance Composition I/Improvisation I
DANC 342 Dance Composition II/Improvisation II
Must take 1 of the following:
DANC 344 Modern Dance Technique: Advanced
DANC 345 Ballet Technique: Advanced
Total required for track: 16

Past Productions


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Re-Interpreting Pablu Neruda

Faculty


To Be Announced Soon!

Department Contact


Justin Watson, Ph.D.
Provost
jwatson@hcc-nd.edu
574-239-8367

Music

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Music has always been a vital part of human existence. And although science tells us that music gives the brain pleasure, helps it form neural connections and arouses emotions, no one really knows why humans love music: they just do. Put simply, music makes us happy.

Are you passionate about music? Do you feel like sharing music is your vocational calling? Furthering your understanding of music theory and history at Holy Cross will allow you to pursue your love of music in a tangible way. Studying music can teach students to think creatively, collaborate with others, manage time effectively, and lead with confidence.

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Program Focus


nd bandStudents at Holy Cross College can now explore the exciting world of music through a collaboration with the music department at Saint Mary’s College. Students are able to study music fundamentals and receive training in voice and instrumental performance at Holy Cross, leading to a major in music or music education at Saint Mary’s College’s National Association of Schools of Music accredited program.

There are is a world of options in the tri-campus area for students interested in pursuing music, including a variety of choral groups, small ensembles, individual performers and the Notre Dame Band.

For more information on the music and music education majors at Saint Mary’s, please visit www.saintmarys.edu/academics/departments/music.

Track Requirements


Sample of Classes Required In Track

Required Courses Must take all of the following:
MUSI 115 World Classical Music
MUSI 116 American Music
MUSI 151 Music Fundamentals
MUSI 182 Diatonic Material (at Saint Mary’s College)
MUSI 182L Diatonic Materials Lab (at Saint Mary’s College)
Must take 4 hours of the following:
MUSI 200 Individual Vocal Lessons
MUSI 201 Individual Instrumental Lessons
MUSI 202 Choir
MUSI 203 Instrumental Ensembles (ND Band)
Total required for track: 16

Faculty


Paula Rast Harris, M.M., M.M.E.
I have taught music for more than 30 years, but I am still always excited to see each of my students awaken and develop their God-given musical gift. I value one-on-one time with my students, and I make an effort to bond with them as they grow personally and professionally. At Holy Cross, music students will receive a personalized academic experience based on their starting ability, and how that ability is honed over the semesters. Students who are tenacious, determined and solution oriented will be able to flourish, and have a strong background for whatever way they choose to put their musical gifts to use.

Joanne Swenson-Eldridge, Ph.D.
M.A. & doctoral studies in Music Theory: University of Iowa
Ph.D. in Music—Musicology & American Music: University of Colorado at Boulder

Selected PUBLICATIONS:

  • The Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd edition, 2013
    Articles on: Charles Hommann, Charles Jerome Hopkins, Charles Hupfeld, Leopold Meignen, Joseph Taws, and Nancy Van de Vate
  • Charles Hommann: Surviving Orchestral Music—a volume in the series Music of the United States of America (MUSA), published for the American Musicological Society (AMS) by A-R Editions, 2007
  • Review of six recently published editions of contemporary music for solo viola or viola and piano for Notes, Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association, December 2002
  • The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, 2nd edition, 2000
    Articles on: Charles Hommann, Charles Hupfeld, and Leopold Meignen
  • American Music 16:4 (Winter 1998)
    Book review: Olga Samaroff Stokowski: An American Virtuoso on the World Stage
    by Donna Staley Kline
  • American National Biography (1998-99), a 24-volume work published by Oxford University Press under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies
    Biographies and annotated bibliographies of violinists Camilla Urso, Fritz Kreisler, Mischa Elman, and Jascha Heifetz

Performance Opportunities


Holy Cross College Pep Band

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Notre Dame Marching Band

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Notre Dame Folk Choir

Nov. 2, 2012; The nineteenth annual Notre Dame Folk Choir concert for the Holy Cross Missions in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Photo by Barbara Johnston/University of Notre Dame
For more information, visit
ND Folk Choir

Department Contact


Joanne Swenson-Eldridge, Ph.D.
jswenson-eldridge@hcc-nd.edu
574-472-8572

Arrival and Departure Information

If you are attending the Saints & Scholars program only, check-in time is between 12 and 5 p.m. on the Sunday of your session week. If you are attending Notre Dame Vision the week before Saints & Scholars, you will be picked up at Notre Dame after Notre Dame Vision has completed and shuttled across the street to Holy Cross College.

The Saints & Scholars Institute officially begins at 5 p.m. on Sunday with dinner (for participants only), followed by orientation activities and Sunday Mass at 9 p.m. At the close of the Saints & Scholars Institute, check-out time is between 1 and 5 p.m. on the Friday of your week (lunch Friday is the last meal for participants). If families are bringing their child and would like to join us for a simple lunch on arrival Sunday or departure Friday, or to have a campus tour during arrival or departure, please just contact Andrew Polaniecki at apolaniecki@hcc-nd.edu.

You can find all of the information on how to arrive by plane, train, bus or car by clicking HERE.

Please note that if you are in a group of 3 or more arriving to the South Bend Airport via plane, bus or train, we can coordinate a shuttle to bring you to campus. If you arrive by Coach USA to the main gate of the Notre Dame campus, they can direct you to our campus—a ten minute walk—or we can coordinate a shuttle. For the shuttle, simply contact us when you have your travel plans set.

Parents, some important information about Coach USA tickets: If you are planning to have your child travel alone from O’Hare or Midway airports to South Bend, please note the following:

  1. Purchase your tickets online, in advance: Because of Illinois law, a minor cannot purchase a ticket for Coach USA at the airport. Instead, parents must purchase Coach USA tickets for minors in advance, using the Coach USA webpage. Students under the age of 17 and traveling on their own will need to purchase an adult, round trip ticket. Here are the links:

O’Hare to Notre Dame
Midway to Notre Dame

  1. Carry printed copy of ticket: The ticket will need to be printed out and given to the driver at the Coach USA airport location:

O’Hare Coach USA location:  Shuttle Bus Center, Door 4
Midway Coach USA location: Lower Arrivals Level, Door 3

For all coordination of arrival or departure logistics, please contact Andrew Polaniecki at apolaniecki@hcc-nd.edu or (574) 239-8315

Pre-Engineering

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In one form or another, engineering has existed since ancient times. As Archimedes once said, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.” Currently, engineering is an extremely customizable discipline that combines math, science, and humanities. Engineers take the rules of the world and create new products and processes to make life easier and more efficient. Engineers play a vital role in creating growth, driving innovation, and sustaining infrastructure.

Through collaborative relationships with various university and college institutions, Holy Cross College students are able to attain a strong academic foundation in the sciences and a cross-disciplinary education in the core curriculum to prepare them for a transition into four-year undergraduate programs in engineering. By working closely with the college’s science faculty, students can identify undergraduate programs that meet their interest at local or regional colleges or universities. Enrolling in this program allows students to explore their interest in engineering while making significant academic progress towards enrolling in an engineering program.

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Program Focus


science.engineeringThe pre-engineering academic program is designed for students considering a major in engineering. This academic track allows students at Holy Cross to enroll in a series of courses which would facilitate their transition into an engineering program. Through the college’s participation in the Northern Indiana Consortium of Education (N.I.C.E.), students are able to enroll in upper-level physics or engineering courses at Saint Mary’s College or Purdue University Polytechnic Institute (South Bend).

The pre-engineering academic program consists of two separate tracks. To qualify for the one-year track, students must demonstrate readiness for college-level calculus as shown by previous course work and placement examination or, for incoming students, have earned a high school GPA at least 3.25 with a 25 ACT or 1160 SAT score.

The two-year track is recommended for students who do not academically qualify for the one-year track, or who are considering engineering as part of a multi-discipline course study.

One-Year Track Requirements



Sample of Courses Required for Track

Year 1 Fall Semester Credits
MATH 151 Calculus I 4
CHEM 151 Chemistry I 4
PHYS 151 Physics I 4
General Education Credits 6
Year 1 Spring Semester Credits
MATH 152 Calculus II 4
CHEM 152 Chemistry II 4
PHYS 152 Physics II 4
General Education Credits 6
Total Required for Track 36

**Students must demonstrate readiness for college-level calculus as shown by previous course work and placement examination or, for incoming students, have earned a high school GPA at least 3.25 with a 25 ACT or 1160 SAT score.

Two-Year Track Requirements


Sample of Courses Required for Track

Year 1 Fall Semester Credits
MATH 125 Pre-Calculus 3
CHEM 151 Chemistry I 4
General Education Credits 9
Year 1 Spring Semester Credits
ENGR 101 Introduction to Math for Engineering Applications 4
CHEM 152 Chemistry II 4
General Education Credits 9
Year 2 Fall Semester Credits
MATH 151 Calculus I 4
PHYS 151 Physics I 4
Computer Science or Science Elective with Lab* 4
General Education Credits 6
Year 2 Spring Semester Credits
MATH 152 Calculus II 4
PHYS 152 Physics II 4
Computer Science or Science Elective with Lab* 4
General Education Credits 6
Total Required for Track 69

*Students have option to enroll in courses at Holy Cross, Saint Mary’s College, or Purdue University Polytechnic Institute–South Bend

Faculty


Martin Sulkanen
Martin Sulkanen, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Physics

My Ph.D. in physics from Cornell University led me to a post-doctoral fellowship at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a career in astrophysics with companies and organizations such as NASA Marshall Flight Center, Michigan Research and Development Center, and Leidos, Inc. Because of my lifelong fascination with the profound consequences of the basic principles of physics on our universe, I have studied binary star systems, galactic radio jets, and worked on NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory Project Science Team.

As a professor of physics and mathematics, I encourage my students to develop an intuitive understanding for physics to guide the understanding of further mathematical analysis: “don’t get lost in the equations!” My students have gone on to a variety of careers in places such as at Yale University, the International Space Station and the the US Patent & Trademark Office.

Yuhui Lu
Yuhui Lu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry

The study of chemistry is necessary for students who want to pursue a career in natural science, medical science, and engineering. It also helps liberal art students to improve their reasoning skills, understand scientific methodology, and gain deeper insight between human-nature relationships. I challenge all my students, regardless of background, to engage in logic, diligence, and self-discipline.

I have earned Ph.D.s in both chemistry and electrical engineering. I use this combination of disciplines to research nanoelectronics and single molecular devices with colleagues at the University of Notre Dame. I have also been a principal investigator of grants with the National Science Foundation, and undergraduate research supervisor. I am currently pursuing a variety of research opportunities for Holy Cross students.

John Cybulskis
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

I have enjoyed teaching all age ranges of students, and I am proud of the successes that they have had. I love to take science out of the classroom, and in that pursuit, I have been a mentor/trainer for the Mechanical Universe Program, a mentor/trainer in a comprehensive conceptual curriculum for physics, and the Indiana Finalist for the NASA Teacher in Space program.

I encourage my students to be open minded and intensely curious, without fearing investing work to gain knowledge. The world will never be less mathematical, but Mother Nature is willing to share her secrets with those willing to learn.

Huiyuan Hu, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Chemistry

CDR Dennis J. Vandenberg, USN (Ret.), CTP
Adjunct Professor of Mathematics

Math inspires critical thinking, applies to real life management problems, and can helps students be more effective leaders. I like to make sure my students know that math isn’t just for classrooms, but has a place in the real world job market. If someone is motivated and committed, they can do anything they want with a degree in math.

Department Contact


Justin Watson, Ph.D.
Provost
jwatson@hcc-nd.edu
574-239-8367

CSC School/Parish Program

For students from high schools or parishes operated by the Congregation of Holy Cross, we are pleased to offer a special discount. The cost for Saints & Scholars is only $225 – and that includes everything. If you wish to participate also in Notre Dame Vision, the $225 will be your deposit and Notre Dame will follow up for the remainder (and our registration page will indicate how you might be able to qualify for extra aid from Notre Dame, too). And if you register during March, we will guarantee you are assigned to your first choice of track!

For all of you not from a CSC school or parish, remember that your regular cost is also already discounted, and we do have additional financial aid available. If you are in need of additional financial aid, contact us at mgriffin@hcc-nd.edu.

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FWSB Diocese Program

For students from the local Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese, we are pleased to offer a special discount. The cost for Saints & Scholars is only $225 – and that includes everything. If you wish to participate also in Notre Dame Vision, the $225 will be your deposit and Notre Dame will follow up for the remainder (and our registration page will indicate how you might be able to qualify for extra aid from Notre Dame, too). And if you register during March, we will guarantee you are assigned to your first choice of track!

For all of you not from the Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend, remember that your regular cost is also already discounted, and we do have additional financial aid available. If you are in need of additional financial aid, contact us at mgriffin@hcc-nd.edu.

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