Chemistry

Dr. Kurt W. Field
Department Chair
kwf@bradley.edu

The Degree
Bradley’s Department of Chemistry offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry. The purpose of the program is to prepare graduates to develop a scientific attitude toward problem solving and to develop well-qualified chemistry and biochemistry majors for immediate professional employment or entrance to graduate study in chemistry, biochemistry, or allied fields. The department has been accredited by the American Chemical Society for the professional education of chemists since 1948, when accreditation began.

Curriculum
Within a given program, each student has the opportunity to individualize an actual program of study to meet specific career goals. Students in Bradley’s Chemistry program work directly with faculty who regularly publish books, conduct scholarly research, and receive funded grants to enhance their focus on scholarly teaching. Some of the specialized interests of Bradley’s Chemistry faculty include:

  • organic chemistry
  • thermodynamics and stabilization of hazardous materials
  • macromolecular interactions in antigen presentation

Opportunities at Bradley
Outside of the classroom, Bradley Chemistry majors have a wealth of cocurricular and cooperative learning experiences from which to choose, including:

  • undergraduate research
  • an industrial cooperative education assignment
  • assisting in the laboratory
  • Chemistry Club

These experiences prepare Bradley chemistry majors well for either immediate employment upon graduation, or for further study at the graduate or professional level.

In addition, the department developed two programs which offer students opportunities to travel abroad and study. The European Summer Semester involves four two-week periods in the following locations:

  • London
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Austria

The Junior Year of Chemistry Abroad program allows students to study chemistry at University of Hull in England, a world famous institution known for its pioneer research in liquid crystals

Beyond Bradley
All of our graduates who have applied to graduate school have been admitted with either a graduate assistantship or a fellowship. Chemistry graduates have pursued Ph.D. studies at various universities including:

  • Washington University
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • MIT
  • Princeton University

Graduates have also been very successful at obtaining employment in all areas of chemistry immediately after graduation. Graduates enjoy an average placement rate of 100 percent. Recent Chemistry graduates have been hired by companies and laboratories such as:

  • Abbott Laboratories
  • Stepan Company
  • Nalco
  • Eli Lilly
  • Monsanto