Science with Purpose

Explore the frontiers of science in a dynamic and innovative learning environment. You’ll gain a strong foundation in various fields of science, including biology, biotechnology, chemistry and biochemistry, environmental science, forensic science and law, and physics. Our dedicated educators are leading experts in their respective fields who provide hands-on research opportunities in cutting-edge facilities. Practical training will prepare you for a successful career. Among a dynamic and diverse community of students, faculty and researchers, you’ll collaborate to push the boundaries of scientific discovery and make a positive impact on the world. Whether you're just starting your academic journey or looking to further your career, we invite you to join us in unlocking the full potential of science.

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Undergraduate research positions are available in biochemistry, biology, chemistry, environmental science, forensic science and law, and physics!

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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

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.


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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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Clubs and Organizations

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

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Community-Engaged Learning Programs

Our Community-Engaged Learning programs are designed to help students explore the interrelationship of science, social engagement and service action projects.

Hear from a student

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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

Questions? Contact us!

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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Dorothy Rigby

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

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