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Moving Beyond Traditional Academic Formulas

As members of the Bayer School community, students contribute to scientific advancement as they prepare for exciting and rewarding careers in environmental and forensic sciences, physics, chemistry, biology and medicine.

Participation in nationally funded research projects and academic and career guidance from dedicated faculty mentors offer students of the Bayer School a comprehensive, individualized educational experience.

Research and Community Service Programs

Research and community service projects take learning outside the classroom. A unique undergraduate research program enables students to work side-by-side with faculty, graduate students, and research fellows toward breakthroughs in molecular genetics, developmental biology, biochemistry, synthetic chemistry, and more.

In keeping with Duquesne University’s mission — to provide education as a balance of intellect and personal values — the school conducts a selective 10-week summer undergraduate research program supplemented with seminars, community service programs, ethics training, and activities. Student participants present their research at on-campus and national meetings and also appear as co-authors in professional journals. Most students elect to continue their research throughout the academic year.

Groundbreaking Academic Programs

Groundbreaking academic programs reflect the school’s innovative spirit. Our well-established programs in biological sciences, chemistry, and physics emphasize novel integrated laboratory experiences, through which students use state-of-the-art instrumentation.

Recent additions include a degree in environmental science and one of the nation’s only forensic science degrees with a fully integrated law component. Students can tailor their education through dual-degree options, which combine a Bachelor of Science degree with a Master’s degree in environmental science and management or education.

Pittsburgh’s Scientific Community

Pittsburgh’s scientific community is an invaluable resource. Greater Pittsburgh is home to a number of research and industry giants as well as a vast biomedical community that welcome Bayer School students for internships and employment. Corporate representatives regularly visit campus to recruit Bayer School students. The Bayer Corporation, longtime supporter and namesake, maintains a professional affiliation with the school in recognition of its outstanding academic standards and achievements.

Nationally renowned and award-winning on-campus student organizations provide invaluable professional growth opportunities. On their way to becoming tomorrow’s leaders, graduates of the Bayer School find rewarding and successful careers in a wide spectrum of professions and are recruited by the nation’s most prestigious graduate, law, and medical schools.

Diverse Programs of Study

Admissions and Transfer Applicants

  • Applications for incoming freshmen and transfers from other schools should contact the Office of Admissions.
  • Current Duquesne University students interested in an Internal Transfer into the Bayer School will find the online application located in Self Service Banner on the 'Index' link.

Visitor Information

The Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences strongly encourages all applicants to visit our campus, meet our faculty, and tour our facilities. For more details, please see our Visitor Information page.