Chemistry

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

The Degree

Bradley’s Mund-Lagowski Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry 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 1949.

Curriculum

The Chemistry major is designed to develop in the student a scientific attitude towards problem solving, as well as a broad background in the knowledge and skills necessary for either further education or immediate employment. In fall 2009, the Department launched a modified Chemistry major with a strengthened curriculum. In addition to a well-rounded background in traditional areas of chemistry, elective courses are offered in the following areas:

  • materials chemistry
  • spectroscopy
  • environmental chemistry
  • molecular modeling

The major meets the requirements for certification of the degree by the American Chemical Society, the largest organization of chemists in the world.

Bradley’s Distinctive Approach

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

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

Many Chemistry majors participate in collaborative research projects during their time at Bradley, some starting as early as their freshman year. Students may conduct research on campus, under the supervision of Bradley faculty members. A significant number of students conduct research at the United States Department of Agriculture facility located one mile from campus. In both cases, students gain valuable experience that puts them at a competitive advantage in the job market or for graduate school placement.

The junior year 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
  • Northwestern University
  • Purdue University
  • Penn State University
  • University of Wisconsin at Madison

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

  • Caterpillar
  • DeLaval
  • Fisher Scientific
  • Lonza
  • USDA Agricultural Research Division