The academic programs stress critical-thinking skills and communication and encourage hands-on learning through field experience, internships, and faculty-student collaboration on research. A Pitt-Bradford bachelor's degree requires 120-128 credit hours (requirements differ slightly among programs). Students must complete between 60 and 70 credit hours to earn an associate's degree.
The biology program prepares students for careers in health-related professions; education; research; field work; with companies that produce food, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and biotechnology; and technical positions with governmental agencies. Most students interested in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, osteopathy, optometry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, podiatry, chiropractic medicine, veterinary medicine, pre-clinical dietetics and nutrition, and a variety of careers in health and rehabilitation sciences, are biology majors.
Students in the broadcast communications, English, public relations, and writing programs work on the student newspaper, The Source; broadcast over the college radio station, WDRQ: and publish original works in the student literary magazine, Baily's Beads. Students also have access to a state-of-the-art electronic newsroom, radio studio, television studio, and video editing room with analog and digital technology.
The business management program places a strong emphasis on teaching practical applications; courses often focus on cases taken from real business situations. Students may concentrate in accounting, finance, international business or management information systems.
The criminal justice program provides opportunities for hands-on learning through the university's Crime Scene Investigation House, where students can solve mock crime scenes using many of the same tools as professional law enforcement agents; and internships with local and regional police departments, county courts and probation offices, and a federal prison.
The Early Level Education Pre K-4 and secondary education majors prepare students for careers as teachers in a world of rapid political, economic, scientific and cultural change. The Education Department seeks to graduate students who have general knowledge and specific content knowledge, as well as sound theory and practice.
The nursing program at Pitt-Bradford offers an associate of science degree that can be completed in two years, and the bachelor of science in nursing that requires two more years. Students may commence this program on completion of the ASN. The University also offers a School Nurse Certification program for registered nurses who wish to work in the school system.
In psychology, students gain knowledge in the scientific and theoretical aspects of psychology as well as the application of this knowledge. The major prepares students for graduate work in psychology and related disciplines and for employment in social service agencies, mental health centers, industries, and not-for-profit and governmental agencies.
Students may relocate to another university campus to complete academic programs not offered at Pitt-Bradford. They may earn no more than 70 credits before transferring. All students in the arts and sciences may relocate provided they are students in good standing. Engineering students may relocate if they maintain quality point average of at least 2.5.
Majors and Degrees Offered
Students at Pitt-Bradford may pursue four-year degrees in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Athletic Training, Biology, Biology Education 7-12, Broadcast Communications, Business Computer and Information Technology Education K-12, Business Management, Chemistry, Chemistry Education 7-12, Computer Information Systems and Technology, Criminal Justice, Early Level Education Pre-K 4, Economics, Energy Science and Technology, English, English Education 7-12, Environmental Studies, Exercise Science, General Studies, Health and Physical Education, History/Political Science, Hospitality Management, Human Relations, Interdisciplinary Arts, Mathematics Education 7-12, Nursing, Physical Sciences, Psychology, Public Relations, Radiological Science, Social Sciences, Social Studies Education 7-12, Sociology, Sport and Recreation Management and Writing.
Students may pursue associate degrees in information systems, engineering science, nursing (RN), liberal studies, information systems, and petroleum technology.
Students may study engineering for up to two years at Pitt-Bradford then complete a program at the Oakland campus in bioengineering, chemical and petroleum engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering, industrial engineering, materials science and engineering, or mechanical engineering.
Students may pursue programs offered in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. Undergraduates begin their studies at Pitt-Bradford and, after three years, transfer to the appropriate graduate school to complete four more years of study.
Pitt-Bradford also offers the first two years of study leading to the doctorate in pharmacy. Students must complete the program at the Oakland campus, where admission is competitive. The Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy pre-admits some qualified high school seniors, pending completion of the first two years of the pre-professional program at Pitt-Bradford.
The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford “is a cozy campus nestled in rural Pennsylvania” that has “the small town feel with the big city name” and “a friendly environment that encourages students to stay.” At UPB, “Education comes first. No matter the school activity, exceptions are made in order to complete school work.” Students rave about the familial atmosphere, which is “friendly, welcoming, and accepting of all types.” “My school is all about bringing everyone together and making them feel like family,” says one Criminal Justice major. This cozy campus is small enough that “you never get lost and you have a very good way to access your professors if needed.” UPB’s “small learning community” is a place “where you know almost everyone and the people are very friendly.” The small sizes of classes “are a major strength.” “The professors at this university are extremely well versed in their specific fields of study” and “are very easy to engage in for help.” One student reports that “Professors recognize when students try and reward them appropriately no good deed goes unnoticed.” The teaching methods are “interactive” and students feel “a part of the learning rather than just a fly on the wall.”