Science

When you study science, you’re mastering the art of identifying problems, then developing creative and practical solutions. You have to be flexible and adaptable and learn constantly in an ever-evolving environment. And let’s not forget the need for outstanding communication skills to explain your latest project or seek support for a new idea. In the words of Jack Leeming in an August 26, 2016, blog post,“…the average scientist is a wholesome blend of technician, odd-jobber, salesperson, researcher, writer, presenter and a general jack-of-all-trades.” And there’s no better place to explore all the facets of studying science than here. 

Read about the interdisciplinary research conducted by Steven McGrath (chemistry and geology) and Josef Werne, professor in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science.

Popular Majors

Students interested in science often explore such majors and minors as:

Enrichment Opportunities

Students interested in science have enhanced their studies with some of the following opportunities:

Career Choices

Recent graduates in science have gone on to exciting careers, with such titles as: 

  • Attorney, Woodcock Washburn LLP
  • Bioinformatics scientist, UPMC
  • Content architect, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • Director of federal relations, Northern Illinois University
  • eLearning specialist, Tableau Software
  • Medical doctor
  • Patent attorney, Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.
  • Physicist, Argonne National Laboratory
  • Principal scientist, Proctor & Gamble
  • Professor
  • Project ecologist, Golder Associates
  • Research and development analyst, Progressive Insurance
  • Research ecologist, USDA Forest Service
  • Research associate, U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research
  • Science researcher and writer, HistoryMakers
  • Scientific director, C4 MedSolutions
  • Senior Science Editor, JoVE
  • Teacher
  • Technical sales specialist in cell therapy, Irvine Scientific
  • Technology consultant, JLYT Industry Group