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For innovative thinkers and creative problem solvers. For those who want to tackle the world's great challenges. For those driven by a deep curiosity to understand how life and the universe work. Our advanced curriculum and hands-on research opportunities will enable you to bring new ideas to the scientific community and to the world. Prepare for a career in industry, research, healthcare, education, technology, and business- or advanced graduate studies and professional school at the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences.

The Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences’ students share their experience in the school’s academic programs conducting research as early as their Freshmen year and participating in on- and off-campus activities steps away from downtown Pittsburgh. 

Hear from the Dean

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Our achievements are made possible by the continued—and growing—involvement with alumni, friends, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Their support means the college will continue to move forward and set new standards in research, teaching and engagement with the world. Our students are deeply committed to personal and professional excellence and we welcome and celebrate the diverse life experiences that they bring to our community. As you learn more about the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, I hope you will be inspired to join us.

Ellen S. Gawalt, Ph.D. Dean and Professor, Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences

Degree Programs

Explore our degree programs and certifications.

General Biology Concentration

  • Advanced coursework can be tailored to an individual student’s needs and interests.
  • Ideal for students who desire flexibility to pursue a wide breadth of biological science topics.

Molecular Biology Concentration

  • ASBMB Accredited. 
  • Advanced coursework in biochemistry, bioinformatics and cell & molecular biology.
  • Ideal for students interested in medicine, public health, and epidemiology and genetic counseling.

 Physiology Concentration

  • Advanced coursework in human physiology including immunology, neurobiology and endocrinology.
  • Ideal for students interested in human and animal physiology and health & disease.

 Evolution & Organismal Biology Concentration

  • Advanced coursework in evolution, ecology and biodiversity.
  • Ideal for students interested in conservation, sustainability and the environment.

Dual-degree programs
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences / M.S. in Education
  • B.S. in Biological Sciences / M.S. in Environmental Science and Management
  • B.S. in Biology / M.S. in Biotechnology

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences

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M.S. in Biotechnology
  • Provides advanced scientific training with instruction in leadership, management, and team building skills.
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Undergraduate programs
  • B.S. in Chemistry 
  • B.S. in Biochemistry 
  • B.S. in Environmental Chemistry
  • B.A. in Biochemistry

Dual-degree programs
  • B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Chemistry 
  • B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Environmental Science Management 
  • B.S. in Chemistry and M.S. in Education

Graduate programs
  • M.S. in Chemistry 
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry
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Undergraduate programs
  • B.S. in Environmental Science 
  • B.A. in Environmental Studies
  • Minor in Environmental Science 
  • Minor in Environmental Studies
Graduate programs
  • M.S. in Environmental Science and Management
  • Professional Certification in Environmental Science
    and Environmental Management 
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M.S. in Forensic Science and Law
  • Aims to provide exemplary forensic science education in Criminalistics, advanced scientific analysis and innovative economic opportunity for the promotion of truth and justice in our community, state and nation.
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Undergraduate programs

Bachelor of Science in Physics

  • Broad Track: Includes coursework introductory to condensed matter, particle physics and gravitational physics.
  • Professional Track: Includes advanced hands-on skills and business coursework in law, management and entrepreneurship.
  • Astronomy Track: Ideal for students intending to enter the workforce immediately after graduation.
Dual Degree Opportunities
  • Binary Engineering Degree
  • Physics Teaching Certificate
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Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Build relationships with faculty, post-doctoral students and peers, that will connect you to research, educational and career opportunities.

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The best of both worlds

Pittsburgh's rise as an emerging science and tech hub provides opportunities for students and graduates in every sector.

Cohort Model Classroom

Cohort Model Classroom Sizes

A cohort model education offers structure, consistency, and support that provides advantages over traditional individual study.


Duquesne - Pittsburgh Connection

Our community-engaged learning programs promote community interaction, undergraduate research opportunities and student-faculty partnerships within the Pittsburgh community. 

100%of all students participate in community-engaged learning programs.

As part of the Undergraduate Research Program, students participate in ten weeks of research, community engagement, and a research symposium. 

90%knowledge retention rate through experiential learning.

Students work alongside faculty on groundbreaking research projects funded by federal agencies and organizations including the National Science Foundation, American Chemical Society, the National Institute of Health and World Wildlife Fund.

100%of our tenure-track faculty are undertaking groundbreaking research projects.

Our network of alumni and industry partners working in various sectors and are ready to help you meet other scientists and seek out career opportunities.

Hear from a student

Ella in Chemistry Lab

I was impressed by how simple it was to get involved in undergraduate research. They want undergraduate students to get involved and do all they can to help students surpass their academic and career goals. As an undergraduate researcher, I am always amazed by how much hands-on experience I have acquired with advanced instrumentation.

Ella Milback B.S. in Chemistry, minor in Math and Catholic Studies

Get Involved

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Student Organizations

Our student organizations offer leadership roles, networking opportunities, professional development, comradery and community engagement opportunities.

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Undergraduate Research Symposium

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an opportunity for undergraduates to present what they have learned through their research experiences to a larger audience. It is also a space for students, faculty, and the community to discuss cutting-edge research.

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Prepare for a Career in Medicine

We offer unique Molecular Biology and Physiology concentrations that include pre-requisites for most health-related admissions. Our working relationship with Duquesne's Pre-Medical & Health Professions Program has proven to prepare our students for careers in medicine.

Questions? Contact us!

Dorothy Rigby

Graduate Student Success coach, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

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Chelsie Crate

Undergraduate Student Success Coach, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

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Dee Dawson

Student Success Coach, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences

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