A Bachelor’s of Science in environmental science is an interdisciplinary effort of the departments of biology, chemistry and physics (program description is available in the Undergraduate Catalog). The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates for a professional career in environmental science or entrance into a graduate program.
Students in Bradley’s environmental science program work directly with faculty. Most undergraduates have the opportunity to work independently on a reading and/or research project under the supervision of a faculty member, and receive credit toward graduation. Normally this is completed during the junior and senior years, and qualified students may earn credit toward graduation. Students have had their work published or have presented their research at national conferences.
Some of the specialized interests of Bradley’s Environmental Science faculty include:
- population biology
- plant ecology
- behavior of animals
- thermodynamics and the stabilization of hazardous materials
- transition metal chemistry
- materials science
Opportunities at Bradley
Outside the classroom, Bradley environmental science majors have a wealth of co-curricular and cooperative learning experiences from which to choose, including:
- undergraduate research
- an industrial cooperative education assignment
- assisting in the laboratory
These experiences prepare students well for immediate employment upon graduation, or for further study at the graduate or professional level.
Bradley environmental science graduates enjoy an excellent placement rate, with graduates gaining employment in full-time jobs or enrolling in graduate or professional school within six months of graduation. Students have continued their studies at such schools as:
- University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
- Texas A and M University
- University of Iowa
- Indiana University
- University of North Carolina