Environmental Science

Dr. Erich Stabenau
Department Chair
eks@bradley.edu

The Degree
A Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program offered by the departments of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Students will choose one of these departments from which they will earn their degree. The purpose of each program is to prepare graduates for a professional career in environmental science or entrance into a graduate program.

Curriculum
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 towards graduation. Normally this is completed during the junior and senior years, and qualified students may earn credit towards graduation. Some 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
  • thermodynamics and the stabilization of hazardous materials
  • materials science
  • Solid state theory

Opportunities at Bradley
Outside of the classroom, Bradley Environmental Science 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
  • Biology Club
  • Chemistry Club
  • Society of Physics Students and Physics Honors Society

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

In addition, Environmental Science students have opportunities to travel abroad and study. The European Summer Semester involves four two-week periods in the following locations:

  • London
  • Belgium
  • Germany
  • Austria

Beyond Bradley
Bradley Environmental Science graduates enjoy an excellent placement rate. Graduates gain employment in full time jobs or enroll 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 & M University
  • University of Iowa