Dean's Welcome

A Message from the Dean

Science at Duquesne: You are the Future of Science

Philip Reeder, Ph.D., Dean of the Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences

Photo of Dr. Philip ReederIt is a pleasure to welcome you to the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, where a dedicated faculty and staff, and hands-on learning environment prepare you to be the future of science. Over the last ten years, we have witnessed remarkable growth and development in our missions of teaching, research and service. Bayer School faculty currently receive more than $2 million in external funding each year from agencies such as the NIH, the NSF, and the Department of Energy to support research. The Bayer School strictly adheres to the teacher-scholar model, which incorporates scholarship and research with instruction. Our outstanding and committed professors routinely involve students in hands-on, real-world research, which translates to excellence in the classroom—and beyond.

In keeping with the University mission — to provide education as a balance of intellect and personal values — the Bayer School offers a unique 10-week summer undergraduate research program that includes seminars, field and laboratory experiences, outreach programs, ethics training, and social activities. Students work side-by-side with faculty, graduate students, and research fellows toward breakthroughs in many aspects of science, including, but not limited to, molecular genetics, computational chemistry, developmental biology, materials research, nanotechnology, and the intersection of applied science and health. Inspired by their faculty mentors, most students elect to continue their research beyond the summer program, through the academic year, and many of them appear as co-authors on peer-reviewed publications, and have the opportunity to travel to national meetings to present their research.

Our outstanding bachelor's programs in Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, and Physics emphasize integrated laboratory experiences, through which students learn the most modern experimental techniques using state-of-the-art instrumentation. In collaboration with the School of Law, and the Cyril Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law, the Bayer School offers a unique five-year degree program in Forensic Science and Law, wherein students can receive a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences or a B.A. or B.S. degree in Biochemistry, and an M. S. degree in Forensic Science and Law. Additionally, the Bayer School offers a B.S. degree in Environmental Science, and students may further their education through a dual-degree option, which combine the B. S. degree with an M.S. in Environmental Science and Management. Students can also complete a dual-degree program in Secondary Science Education wherein they complete a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences, Chemistry or Physics, and an M.S. degree in Education. As part of the Biotechnology dual-degree option that is available in the Bayer School, students complete a B.S. degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry or Biological Sciences, and an M.S. degree in Biotechnology. A five-year, dual-degree program in Binary Engineering is also available that combines a B.A. degree in Physics from Duquesne, with an engineering degree from either Case Western Reserve University or the University of Pittsburgh.

An undergraduate science education at Duquesne reaches beyond professional and technical knowledge, to include a broad liberal arts experience, where spiritual and ethical values are emphasized. The Bayer School prides itself on the rigor of its academic programs, the research and professional opportunities provided to students, and that graduates from our programs are prepared to be engaged global citizens. In the Bayer School, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educational opportunities are enhanced via partnerships with the Bayer USA Foundation to increase the success rates of woman and minorities in STEM-related courses of study, Project Seed to provide high-potential, underrepresented and economically challenged high-school students the opportunity to gain valuable science and technology career experience, and a partnership with the Carnegie Science Center's Sci-Tech program, and the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Students in the Bayer School have strong academic and campus support, where each student is assigned both an academic advisor, and a faculty mentor, who are available for advice and guidance in curriculum and career decisions throughout their Duquesne experience.

High-quality graduate education is a priority in the Bayer School, and we are proud of our nationally and internationally recognized M.S. and Ph.D. programs in both Biological Sciences and Chemistry and Biochemistry. The M.S. in Environmental Science and Management prepares students for a variety of careers in the environmental professions, and the addition of a Conservation Biology track to this degree program allows the students to tailor their degree program towards a specific area of interest. The M.S. program in Forensic Science and Law is the nation’s only entry-level program combining science and law, answering a critical need for skilled professionals in the field of forensics.

Duquesne University has witnessed remarkable achievements in recent years, and one of the premier success stories is the unprecedented growth of the programs in natural and environmental sciences. On their way to becoming tomorrow's leaders, graduates of the Bayer School find rewarding careers in a wide spectrum of professions and are recruited by the nation's most prestigious graduate, medical, and law schools. I encourage you to explore our website and discover for yourself the exciting opportunities available to you in the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. I also extend to you a personal invitation to visit us at Duquesne to tour our facilities, to meet our faculty, students and staff, and to witness firsthand how our students are becoming tomorrow's scientific leaders.


Philip Reeder, Ph.D., Dean

Philip Reeder, Ph.D.