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Brad Hyland ’14


Crystal Lake, Ill.


Marketing, Environmental Science

Favorite spot on campus

“My favorite spot on campus is the TARC. During the winter I am able to practice golf and also go for a run and work out to get my mind off things.”

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.”

Career goal

To combine my environmental science and business background to help golf courses use green technology to reduce their impact on the environment.

Favorite professor

“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.”

Favorite class

“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.”

Toughest class

“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.”

Campus involvement

“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.”


Elizabeth Reinhardt
  • Quick Facts

    • Carthage is named a Best Midwestern College by The Princeton Review (2017), a designation given to only 25 percent of four-year schools.

    • Scheduled to open in fall 2018, a new residential tower will offer suite-style housing and two floors of shared campus spaces for gaming, cooking, group meetings, or quiet studying. Learn more about The Tower

    • You’re going to need brain fuel. Grab a morning coffee and a snack and Starbucks or Einstein Bros. Bagels. Later, meet friends at “The Caf,” where the specials change daily but the staples are constant, or swing through “The Stu” for wins, a burrito, or a sub. A new option, Carthage Cash, even covers some off-campus meals.

    • 96% of Carthage alumni report that they have secured a job or are continuing their studies six months after graduation. Visit Career Services.

    • 91% of employers say critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills matter more than your major when it comes to career success. Learn more about how the liberal arts prepare you for a successful career.

    • Lots of schools wear the four-year label. Carthage stands behind it. 95% of Carthage graduates earn their degrees in four years. Learn more

    • In the course Business to Business Marketing, Carthage students brainstorm an original product or service, study its feasibility, and carry out a marketing plan. Like on TV, the entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of experts led by marketing professor J.J. Shields, who cut his shark teeth at Miller Brewing and ABB Robotics. 

    • Oscars. Emmys. Tonys. Golden Globes. The playwrights we’ve brought in have them. Each year, the Carthage Theatre Department commissions an original script by a renowned playwright for its New Play Initiative. Carthage students then work with the writer to stage it. 

    • As a freshman in the highly selective Honors Program, learn how to gain expertise in anything from music to forest ecology. After that, tackle a contemporary social, economic, or political problem. If you like, you can live on an Honors-only floor of a Carthage residence hall. 

    • Carthage accounting, finance, management, and marketing professors regularly lead J-Term study tours to such destinations as Sweden, England, Ireland, and China, where students meet with executives and learn first-hand how global businesses operate.

    • Carthage’s Velocity Consulting was the first 100% student-run full-service consulting agency in the country. Students gain incredible experience while providing marketing, branding, accounting, finance, and other support to regional clients. Other schools have since copied the Velocity model, including Harvard University.

    • Located in the heart of the Chicago-Milwaukee business corridor, you will have plenty of options for internships and jobs.

    • Taking you past just studying the theories of business, Carthage’s READY™ Curriculum Design, a proprietary student-centered philosophy, helps develop the best-prepared business students.

    • In 2016 and 2017, Carthage was named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

    • Things look new at Carthage because they are. Our athletic and recreation center, student union, computer labs, audiovisual production suite, and numerous residence halls have all been constructed or newly renovated in the last 10 years. Our new science center caps it off.

    • Carthage offers majors, minors and concentrations in more than 50 areas of study, from archaeology to athletic training, neuroscience to music theatre.

    • Our Summer Undergraduate Research Experience offers select students a research budget, one-on-one mentoring with a professor, and 10 weeks of analyzing, deciphering — and getting paid.

    • So the lake is kind of a focal point, but there’s a lot more to love about our campus — like the fact that our 80-acre campus is also an arboretum and wildlife sanctuary. Focused on keeping campus lush forever, we plant between 50 and 75 new trees every year from a variety of species.

    • Carthage was founded in 1847. That’s more than 170 years of leaders, makers, and go-getters going out and going forth. Read more about Carthage’s rich history.

    • More than 90 percent of our students receive financial aid, a hefty chunk of which is scholarships and grants — including $1.25 million annually from the Presidential Scholarship Competition and numerous Merit Scholarships. Learn what’s available.

    • Abraham Lincoln was an early Trustee of the College, and U.S. Secretary of State John Hay was a Carthage alum. The two still have a proud place on our campus. Spend some time with them in our Sesquicentennial Plaza. On warm days you’ll find professors leading their classes here.

    • Come to Carthage; hear yourself think — think … think …
      Legend has it that Sesquicentennial Plaza holds a perfect echo. Just stand with both your feet on the “1847,” face Straz, and start talking. “You’re the only one who can hear you, but you’ll be crystal clear,” promises English and theatre alumna Mikaley Osley.

    • Our Great Lake provides Carthage students with some amazing views. Think classes on the beach, lake views from the lab, and sunrises from your dorm room. “I love waking up in the morning with the sun shining off the lake. Nothing compares to the view in the morning,” says biology and neuroscience major Ann O’Leary.

    • Carthage awards up to 30 Presidential Scholarships each year, which range from 75% tuition up to full tuition, room, and board. Learn more.

    • For a full decade, NASA has selected Carthage students to conduct research aboard its zero-gravity aircraft. Lately, the stakes have risen. A team of underclassmen is grinding to prepare a tiny but powerful Earth-imaging satellite for launch to the International Space Station. Learn more about the space sciences at Carthage

    • Carthage is the only college or university in the Midwest where every freshman takes a full-year sequence of foundational texts of the Western intellectual tradition. Learn about the Carthage core.

    • With a student-faculty ratio of 12:1, your professors will know who you are. They will also know who you want to be — and how to get you there. Meet our faculty.

    • There are more than 120 student organizations on campus, from Amnesty International to Chemistry Club, to Frisbee and Latin Belly Dancing. See how easy it is to get involved.

    • True story: There are more than 27 art galleries, a dozen museums, and nine theatres within 25 miles of Carthage. Some highlights: The nationally recognized Racine Art Museum, the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago, and the Milwaukee Art Museum. Learn more about our location.

    • What’s better than one professor? Two professors. What’s better than two professors? Two professors from totally different fields teaching a single class. There’s debate. Discussion. Differing perspectives. This is where the magic happens. That’s why every student takes a Carthage Symposium.

    • Imagine presenting your original research at an international conference — as an undergraduate. Carthage is dedicated to undergraduate research. Learn more about current opportunities.

    • You can’t hide here — not with only 17 other students in the classroom with you. That’s going to be rough some mornings. But later, when you’re able to argue your point of view thoughtfully, express your opinions succinctly, and meet challenges head-on, without fear … Yep, you’ll thank us.

    • Carthage is ranked No. 11 in the country for student participation in short-term study abroad. Every J-Term, hundreds of students travel all over the world on faculty-led study tours. Imagine a month in Sweden, Rome, Cuba, Senegal, India, Japan …