Butler University has received a $10 million grant from the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation to help the school expand its sciences efforts, Butler announced Wednesday morning.
The university said it will use the money in its “Expansion for the Sciences” strategic plan.
The plan includes additions to and major renovations for the Dorothy and Edward Gallahue Science Hall and the Holcomb Building. The project will connect Butler’s science programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, creating a life sciences corridor.
Butler offers programs in biology, chemistry, computer science, software engineering, physics, astronomy and psychology. It requires all undergraduates to take at least one science laboratory course.
The school has realized a 36-percent increase in students majoring in the sciences over the past 10 years. The university has about 4,600 students in total.
The Fairbanks Foundation is an Indianapolis-based private foundation, founded in 1986, that provides grants to not-for-profit organizations in the Indianapolis area.