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As an environmental science major, Brad Hyland ’14 was drawn to Carthage because of the campus. The College is located between Lake Michigan and the Pike River, and has its own arboretum. Carthage offers environmental science students to chance to delve deeper into their studies both on and around campus.
Brad’s parents passed on to him a love of the outdoors. One family vacation to Yellowstone National Park sticks out in his mind as the trip that made him decide to study environmental science.
“During the trip, we went on a two-day hike around Taylor Mountain,” Brad explained. “After setting up our camp, we hiked to the top of the mountain. That was the first mountain I had ever summited and the views were amazing. You could see for miles. From that point on, I knew that I wanted to help protect areas like that for the future.”
At Carthage, Brad is learning to do exactly that. The Environmental Science Program gives students the opportunity to choose a track that they are most interested in, whether that is science- or policy-based. Carthage is also one of the only schools in the area that offers a degree in environmental science as opposed to environmental studies.
“The environmental science student has the opportunity to practice what is taught in the classroom, right outside of their door,” Brad said of the program. “Carthage has the reputation of being a strong academic school. The small class size allows you to get to know your professors and offers the unique opportunity to network directly with the faculty and the community surrounding the school. The faculty and staff are always around to help, and you really feel like part of a family.”
The passion that Brad has for preserving the environment is apparent in every aspect of his life. Even his favorite sport, golf, which he plays at Carthage, is part of his future plans. He wants to help golf courses become more sustainable environmentally. He hopes that with a double major in environmental science and marketing, he will be able to teach the world about sustainable practices.
“The world around us is very important, and the human impact on the earth is a topic that needs to be understood and managed in a more sustainable manner,” Brad said. “While humans have contributed heavily to the environmental problems that we face today, such as deforestation, loss of habitats, and climate change, I feel confident that humans can also work to provide the answers to these problems. I want to be a part of this solution, and a comprehensive environmental education is the pathway to better understanding the issues and how I can successfully work toward bettering the planet.”
To combine my environmental science and business background to help golf courses use green technology to reduce their impact on the environment.
“Dr. Tracy Gartner. She really challenged me to work hard in my environmental case studies class. I also admire how much she is dedicated to preserving the world around her, and I find her dedication extremely inspiring.”
“While I have enjoyed many classes both within, and outside of my major, I particularly enjoyed my freshman J-Term class, Printmaking: Intaglio. This class was my first introduction to what hard work really was. I probably spent 3 to 5 hours after class every day working on my prints. All of the hard work paid off in the end because I was extremely happy with the way my final print turned out. I am grateful that I did this class because I probably would have never experienced this form of art if I had not taken it at Carthage.”
“My hardest class that I have taken at Carthage was Microeconomics with Dr. Schlack. Economics is a topic that I had not studied before, and Dr. Schlack really makes you work if you are going to do well in his class.”
“I am a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honors fraternity. I am also on the Carthage Men’s golf team and a member of the Carthage Ultimate Frisbee Club.”
Favorite moments at Carthage
“My favorite moments have been with the golf team. Every year we go to Arizona during spring break with a great group of guys. That trip was the highlight of my freshman year, and I hope it will continue to be for years to come.”
Advice for other students considering your major
“If you are interested in studying environmental science, I would suggest you try it out and see where it leads you. Be ready to work hard while having a great time. The professors around you are extremely dedicated and are open to any questions you may have. If you need help with anything, even if it does not pertain to school, go and talk to your professors. They will help. Also be open to new ideas and listen to what others have to say around you. It may lead you to something you are interested in.”