It was never going to be a science ship. it is a cruiser.
Sorry, I meant to say it's not much of a science cruiser.
It has a LC science station. how much more science cruiser can she be?
Ok, they gave her an Ensign Science station and just 2 science consoles (needs a good deflector then and science Doffs on every deck).
but I guess that is just acknowledging that it needs some dps to be competitive.