onzaga was founded in 1887 as a liberal arts institution for literate boys aged 10 and above until the early 20th century. The Mass of the Holy Spirit was held on the first day of classes in 1887, a tradition which is continued today. At this time, there were many courses offered included classics, literature, natural sciences, theology, and philosophy. The first graduating class of Gonzaga College was in 1888 with 18 students. The College of Arts and Sciences currently offers 35 majors in various areas, including philosophy, political science, applied communications, economics, biochemistry, and music. Students in the college must also complete 60 credits of core curriculum. College Hall is the hub for arts and sciences classes and lower division courses. Most upper division classes are held in major-specific buildings such as the Jundt Art Center and the Herak Center for Engineering. Within the chemistry and biochemistry departments students can participate in The Gonzaga Science Research Program (GSRP). Faculty are encouraged to further their research as a way to win external grants and students often aid them in their work. This creates an increased number of research opportunities. The participants also attend the annual Murdock College Science Research Conference where students present their results. Each year, the program hosts a scientist from a research university or institute and presents them with the Oâ€™Leary Distinguished Scientist Award. This is an opportunity for students to hear a guest lecturer, expose them to a different level of research, and often can allow for more direction in regard to career plans.
Historic photos courtesy of Gonzaga University Archives
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