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University of Pittsburgh Bradford    
2019-2020 Bradford Campus Catalog 
  Jul 19, 2024
2019-2020 Bradford Campus Catalog [Archived Catalog]

About the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (Pitt-Bradford) is a comprehensive four-year undergraduate college of the University of Pittsburgh. Founded in 1963, Pitt-Bradford traces its roots back to 1787, the founding year of the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt-Bradford awards the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees in 25 major areas of study, the Associate of Science degree in two major areas of study, and the Associate of Arts degree in one area of study. In addition, the college provides certification programs in elementary and secondary education, preprofessional programs in a variety of health-related and other areas, and minor concentrations in more than 40 areas of study.

Pitt-Bradford is located in northwestern Pennsylvania near the New York state border on north-south U.S. Route 219, just 10 miles south of Interstate 86. Nearby are the major population centers of Pittsburgh (165 miles), Buffalo (80 miles), and Toronto, Canada (165 miles). The modern 170-acre Pitt-Bradford campus, which was first constructed in 1970, completed a major capital expansion program in 2003. This resulted in the renovation and expansion of a comprehensive sport and fitness center and a student center, and the construction of a fine arts building and theater. Combined with other existing buildings and a mountain setting that is unparalleled for its beauty, Pitt-Bradford has become one of the most physically attractive campuses in the northeastern United States.

Because of Pitt-Bradford’s location near the Allegheny National Forest, opportunities for outdoor recreation are plentiful. This includes cross-country and downhill skiing in the winter (the slopes of Holiday Valley are just minutes away) and boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, and camping in the warmer months both in and around the Allegheny Reservoir.

The city of Bradford and its environs, population 20,000, has a rich historic heritage. It was founded during the Pennsylvania oil boom, and some of the world’s finest crude oil is still pumped from Bradford wells. Shopping and banking facilities, a well-staffed regional medical center, and all the other amenities of an established small city are available to Pitt-Bradford students.


The University of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284 - 5000. Schools, programs, and departments may furthermore be accredited by discipline-specific accrediting bodies.

Campus Buildings, Centers, and Facilities

Blaisdell Hall

Blaisdell Hall is the new building that houses the Division of Communication and the Arts and all programs in the fine arts, which include drama, music, and studio arts. Opened in the summer of 2003, the academic wing houses classrooms, art studios, music practice rooms, a state-of-the art broadcast studio, a rehearsal facility, and faculty offices and meeting rooms. In spring 2004, the Bromeley Family Theater, housed within Blaisdell Hall, opened. Included are a 500-seat theater with a full-stage house, and facilities for designing and building sets for a variety of productions.

Fisher Hall

Fisher Hall contains classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices for the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology and Environmental Science, Engineering, Psychology, and Physics. Fisher Hall also houses the College’s Computing, Telecommunications, and Media Services Center. Students have 24-hour access to one of the two computer-aided learning centers (CALCs). Fisher Hall also houses the 100-seat Rice Auditorium.

Frame-Westerberg Commons

The Frame-Westerberg Commons (the student union), newly expanded and remodeled in 2003, is the “living room” of the campus. The Commons contains on its first floor the college dining rooms; the snack bar/coffee shop; the Panther Shop, formerly known as the Book Center; the campus post office; a game room, meeting and conference rooms; student lounges; and WDRQ, the campus radio station. The Office of Conference Services is also there. On the second floor are the Offices of Student Affairs and Career Services, Student Health and Counseling Services, Residential Life and Housing, and Student Activities, as well as the student offices for the Student Government Association, Student Activities Council, and student publications.

T. Edward and Tullah Hanley Library/Administration Building

Dedicated and named in October of 1989, the T. Edward and Tullah Hanley Library holds 84,000 volumes and more than 400 periodical titles. PITTCAT, the online computerized catalog, includes the Hanley Library’s holdings as well as 3.9 million additional volumes from other University of Pittsburgh libraries. Hanley Library contains a number of small-group study areas, an AV listening/viewing room, an art gallery, and the Academic Success Center. The Hanley Library also houses the Offices of the President, Admissions, Admissions, and TRiO Student Support Services.

Sport and Fitness Center

The Sport and Fitness Center, opened in fall of 2002, provides a magnificent addition to the campus. Included in this complex is a 1,200-seat performance arena that is designed for basketball, volleyball, and general recreation; a fully equipped Fitness Center with the latest in physical conditioning equipment; and an Exercise Arts Studio to support dance, martial arts, and aerobics instruction. In addition, the Tom L. McDowell Fieldhouse is a full-sized auxiliary gymnasium used primarily for recreation and intramurals, physical education classes, and other events. Also included is a six-lane National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulation-length swimming pool, which supports swim instruction, recreation, and intercollegiate swim teams. The building also houses offices and facilities for the Department of Athletics and Recreational Sports, as well as offices and classrooms for Sport and Exercise Science and Athletic Training majors. The latter includes a computer lab, physiology lab, and a National Athletic Training Association (NATA) standard athletic training room. Outdoor recreational facilities include a lighted softball field, a baseball field, tennis courts, two handball courts, several outdoor basketball courts, football/softball fields, a sand volleyball court, and the Richard E. McDowell Community Trail.

Swarts Hall

Swarts Hall contains classrooms and faculty offices for the Departments of Criminal Justice, Nursing, Business Management, English, French, Spanish, Philosophy, Writing, Mathematics, Anthropology, Sociology, History, Political Science, and Economics. The Office of the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs is on the second floor of Swarts. Two state-of-the-art computer labs are also available for student use. One of them also serves as an interactive television (ITV) and multimedia classroom.

Computer Facilities

All Pitt-Bradford students have access to six computer areas, five computer-aided learning centers (CALCs), and an open lab area, giving students access to more than 130 high-powered Windows XP-based computers. Each computer area has access to a laser printer. The 113 Fisher Hall CALC is the primary CALC on campus. It currently contains a variety of hardware, including a number of Windows-based computers, full-page scanner, CD-RW units, laser printer, and high-quality color laser printer. The 110 Fisher Hall CALC is a 24-hour-a-day lab and is used for instructional purposes during the day. It contains Windows-based computers, a laser printer, and an instructor’s computer connected to an overhead projection system. The Hanley Library open lab area is an unsupervised computing area containing Windows-based systems. The CALC in 106 Swarts Hall is an instructional lab that comes equipped with Pentium-level Windows-based computers, a laser printer, and an instructor’s computer connected to an overhead projection system. The CALC in 158 Sport and Fitness Center is an instructional lab that comes equipped with Windows-based computers, all with CD-RW units, a laser printer, and an instructor’s computer connected to an overhead projection system. This is our largest lab with 28 student machines. The 236 Swarts Hall lab is a computerized multimedia room. It has 20 Windows computers, cameras, televisions, and a rear projection system to facilitate remote instruction. All computers are networked and fully enabled for Internet access. Likewise, all residence halls are wired for Internet access.

Continuing Education and Regional Development

Pitt-Bradford is committed to engaging in the communities within northwest and north central Pennsylvania to promote continuing education, economic development and partnerships that allow the resources of the University and the resources of the community to work synergistically.

Professional and Workforce Education

The Professional and Workforce Education programs make continuing education accessible and affordable to individuals interested in advancing a career or satisfying a personal interest. Offerings include a range of certificate programs, professional development courses, computer skills training courses, personal instruction in fine arts and summer youth programs.

Workforce Education refers to specialized and contracted training programs designed to meet specific requests from business and industry. Facilitating critical job training programs increases the sophistication of a regional workforce competing in a global economy with ever-changing demands for employee and technologic proficiency.

Programs are held on campus as well as at outreach sites in cooperation with the Community Education Council of Elk and Cameron Counties (St. Marys site), the Potter County Community Education Council (Coudersport, Port Allegany and Galeton sites), and the Warren/Forest County Higher Education Council (Warren site). Customized job training programs are offered either on campus or on location for business and industry.

Conference Services

The University provides full service conference and catering for conferences, summer camps/events, meetings, banquets, workshops and seminars. Overnight accommodations are available during the summer months (May-mid August).

Sponsored Programs

Pitt-Bradford pursues an intentional strategy to compete for Federal and State grant monies, as well as to seek funding from corporations and private foundations. These efforts focus on the development and enhancement of academic programs and student services, and enable Pitt-Bradford to participate in regional community and economic development projects.

Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs is concerned with creating an atmosphere on campus that is complementary to and supportive of the academic environment. This division includes the Offices of the Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs, Admissions, Athletics and Recreational Sports, Career Services, Counseling Services, Financial Aid, Health Services, Residential Life and Housing, and Student Activities. Each of these offices provides important support services for students, as well as cocurricular programs that enhance the college experience for all. Offices for the Division of Student Affairs are located on the second floor of the Frame-Westerberg Commons. Athletic Department offices are located in the Sport and Fitness Center, and Admissions is located in Hanley Library. Financial Aid is located in The Hanger.

Athletics and Recreational Sports

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is a Division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC). A diversified program of seven intercollegiate sports for men and seven intercollegiate sports for women is maintained. Men’s sports are basketball, soccer, swimming, cross-country, golf, tennis and baseball. Women’s sports include basketball, bowling, soccer, swimming, volleyball, cross-country, softball, and tennis. A professional medical staff, including a team physician and two certified athletic trainers, support the student athletes at Pitt-Bradford.

Intercollegiate and recreational sports are an integral part of campus life at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. The intercollegiate athletic program is consistent with the established University mission dedicated to the education of undergraduate students prepared to deal effectively with and contribute to a changing society. A balance between academic achievement and athletic accomplishment is emphasized. The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford believes in athletics as a valuable part of a well-rounded education.

Recreational Sports

The primary goal of the intramural and recreational sports program is to provide individuals of various ability levels with opportunities for fun and leisure through recreational competition. The intramural and recreational sports program provides a year-round schedule for seasonal sports with voluntary participation in regularly organized and supervised activities. Under the direction of the director of recreation and intramurals, students organize and implement most activities.

The intramural and recreational sports program includes opportunities for both men and women in team, individual, coed, and leisure-time sports such as basketball, flag football, tennis, softball, volleyball, indoor soccer, downhill and cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking, camping, canoeing, and bicycling. Opportunities to compete in club sports programs are also available. Outdoor recreation facilities include a lighted softball field, outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, soccer/football fields, and a sand volleyball court.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services provides career counseling and career-related programs and services, and coordinates placement assistance functions for students and alumni. Career Services helps students explore various academic majors, minors and career options through individual career counseling and vocational interest testing. Also, FOCUS 2 and Siggy 3, computer-based guidance systems, are available to help students explore how their interests, skills and values relate to academic and career decisions.

Students are encouraged to use PantherLink, Pitt-Bradford’s powerful career management system that connects students and alumni with full-time and part-time employment opportunities, internships, and employers. Career Services helps students develop a comprehensive career action plan and develop and enhance life-long skills in areas such as goal setting, resume writing, interviewing and conducting a job search. Students may also access Optimal Resume, a cutting-edge resume development software program. Workshops, job fairs and special career-related events, such as From Backpack to Briefcase program, the annual Spring Career Fair and the Career Networking Luncheon, are held throughout the year. The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is member of the WestPACS and PERC consortiums and participates in the Fall and Spring WestPACS Job Fairs and the annual PERC Teacher Job Fair. Career Services also maintains a comprehensive Career Services Library and a career website which provides information on employment opportunities, graduate and professional schools, employers, job boards, internships, upcoming events and job fairs.

Counseling Services

Counseling services are available to students who have personal concerns or problems. The director of counseling services, a licensed psychologist, provides individual counseling and crisis intervention, as well as programs to assist students in identifying and resolving problems that may interfere with their adjustment. Referrals for counseling or psychiatric services are also sometimes made to The Guidance Center, a community counseling facility located near campus. Confidentiality is maintained in all contacts.

Health Services

The director of health services, a registered nurse, provides health services and programs for Pitt-Bradford students. Primary assessment and treatment of health problems and injuries, health counseling, and referrals are included in the scope of services. A campus physician provides verbal consultation daily and a medical clinic on campus every 2-3 weeks. The Student Health Center also includes a Self-Care Center for colds, cuts, and upset stomachs.

Immunization Requirements

Immunization requirements for all new full-time students born after 1956 are as follows:

  • Measles immunization two doses
  • Rubella immunization two doses
  • Mumps immunization two doses
  • Varicella immunization two doses
  • Meningitis immunization one dose

The month, day, and year of immunization must be provided.

Note: Written proof or a photocopy of the immunization record must be submitted with the student health evaluation form.

Meningitis vaccine is highly recommended by the State of Pennsylvania for students who will be living in campus housing. If a student living on campus does not wish to receive the meningitis vaccine, he/she must sign a waiver (or the parent must sign the waiver if the student is under the age of 18) prior to moving on campus.

Please call 814-362-5272 if you have questions about either of these important immunization requirements.

Office of Community Engagement

The Office of Community Engagement (OCE) works with individual students and student organizations to connect them with community service projects and civic engagement opportunities that are compatible with their interests and goals. Students have the opportunity to get involved in a variety of community service projects in the Bradford area and beyond. The OCE also hosts the annual Leadership Development Series, which is offered during the month of February. At the end of the year, students are recognized at the Leadership and Service Awards Ceremony for their contributions to the university and the community.

The Harriett B. Wick Chapel hosts a variety of events including music recitals, lectures, poetry readings, induction ceremonies and weddings. Once a month, a program called “Stress Free Sunday” is offered to students as a way to relax and rejuvenate for the week ahead. A special craft is featured and refreshments are available. Worship services are offered to students on the weekends and the chapel is open daily for prayer, meditation and reflection.

Residential Life and Housing

Pitt-Bradford has established a distinctive approach to campus living through its apartment-style housing facilities. Seventy-six townhouse apartments, thirty-nine garden apartments, and twenty-seven suite-style apartments provide accommodations for two to six students each and are complete with kitchenettes and living rooms. Twenty resident advisors (RAs) trained in interpersonal skills, mediation, fire safety, CPR, and first aid staff the apartment units.

All freshmen and sophomores who do not live in their own homes or with immediate relatives in the Bradford area are required to live on campus. Juniors, seniors, and students 21 years of age or older may live off campus. All freshmen living on campus are required to purchase the 260-meal per-term board plan; a 195-meal option and a 145-meal option are available for upperclassmen. All meal plans may be purchased with Flex dollars that can be used for additional food items only at various locations on campus. Resident students must submit a housing application and a housing reservation fee before being assigned to a room. Students may indicate their choice of roommates; however, the University reserves the right to make all room assignments.

Rules, regulations, and policies regarding on-campus living are published in the Pitt-Bradford Student Handbook, which is distributed to all students at the beginning of the term. Students are expected to conduct themselves as adults and respect the rights of others at all times.

Student Activities

More than 50 campus clubs and organizations exist to serve the cocurricular needs of students. In addition, the Student Activities Council of the Student Government Association provides students with a variety of programs, which includes but is not limited to lectures, comedy, dances, concerts, trips, and special events (such as Alumni and Family Weekend, Sibs and Kids Day, and Winter Week). The director of student activities serves as advisor to the Student Activities Council and is available to work with students who wish to form a new club or organization on campus. Most programs in student activities take place in the Frame-Westerberg Commons (student union facility), which provides a variety of facilities to help meet the cocurricular needs of the campus community.

Other Student Services

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of the college education. The goal of TRiO-SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next. Services provided include but are not limited to: basic study skill instruction; and academic, personal, career, or financial counseling.

Campus Ministries

The Board of Campus Ministries is composed of local Bradford clergy representing Christian (Protestant and Roman Catholic) and Jewish traditions. This ecumenical board provides programs for the campus community throughout the year and encourages interested students to become involved in one of the local churches or synagogue. During the fall and spring terms, Bible studies and retreats are made available and are generally coordinated by representatives of campus ministries, faculty advisors, and a representative from the Coalition for Christian Outreach. A Roman Catholic mass is celebrated on campus each weekend, and Protestant and Jewish students enjoy easy access to the local downtown churches and synagogue.

New Student Orientation

All new full-time students are required to attend a two-day pre-orientation session (called Beginnings) in July, at which time they receive academic advising from the faculty, register for fall term courses, and participate in a number of social and educational programs. Group discussions on topics related to college life are also part of this program.

Immediately prior to the start of the fall term is an extended three-day orientation, which is designed to help make the transition to college a successful one, while also giving students the opportunity to meet all other members of the incoming class. For those who enter college in January, a one-day orientation session is held on the day before classes begin.

Campus Government and Judicial Organizations

Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is elected by the student body and is authorized by the University to represent students on all matters related to college life. SGA is headed by an executive board of seven students: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, Student Activities Council president, parliamentarian, and one freshman representative. The purpose of SGA is to provide students with opportunities to participate in the decision-making processes of the University, to consider and make recommendations on all phases of student life, and to serve as a principal forum for discussion and dialogue regarding student concerns. The SGA also allocates all revenues to clubs and organizations that are generated through the Student Activities Fee.

Student Judicial Board

The Student Judicial Board is authorized to hear cases of student policy violations and make recommendations to the vice president and dean of student affairs regarding what sanctions, if any, should be imposed.

Greek Council

The Greek Council is the governing body that oversees the affairs and concerns of the five social fraternities and sororities. Headed by an Executive Board comprised of a president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, activities chairperson, and sergeant at arms, the Greek Council meets weekly to establish standards and coordinate activities for the Greek organizations. In addition, it reviews and recommends dates for fall and spring term new member programs. Greek Council also serves as the judicial body for Greek organizations that have violated Greek Council and/or University policies.

Student Campus Media

The Source is the official student newspaper of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. It is written and edited by students with the advice and support of a faculty advisor and is published twice monthly during the fall and spring terms. Membership on the staff is open to all students.

The college literary magazine, Baily’s Beads, publishes students’ prose, poetry, and art once a year at the end of the spring term.

WDRQ is the Pitt-Bradford college radio station. It broadcasts to the campus at 1620 on the AM dial. Membership on the radio staff is open to all students.

Clubs and Organizations

The majority of student clubs and organizations are approved and funded by the Student Government Association. Any group of students desiring to form a new club or organization may do so by submitting a constitution, list of officers and members, and proposed budget to the SGA.

Registered and Recognized Clubs and Organizations (Funded by SGA)

African American Student Union
Art Club
Asian Culture Association
Basic Pitches
Bowling Club
Christ in Action
Circle K
Colleges for a Cure
Community Hands & Mentoring Program (C.H.A.M.P)
Criminal Justice Club
Democratically Engaged Members of Society (DEMOS)
Diamond Steppers
Education Club
Engineering Club
Environmental Studies Club
Fishing Club
Gamers United
Gold Bar Club (US Army ROTC)
Gr8 Balls of Fire
Greek Council
Habitat for Humanity
Ham Radio Club
History/Political Science Club
Hospitality Organization of Students at Pitt (HOSP)
International Relations Club
Japanese Arts & Media Club
Latino and Caribbean American Student Association of Bradford (LACASA)
LGBTS Alliance
Military Service Members Club
Non-Traditional Student Assn.
Petroleum Technology Club
Pitt Explorers
Pitt Improvers
Psychology Club
The Source (student newspaper)
Sport and Recreation Management Club
Student Activities Council
Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC)
Student Investment Club
Student Nurse OrganizationWDRQ (student radio station)

Registered and Recognized Clubs and Organizations (Not Funded by SGA)

Alpha Phi Omega (national service fraternity)
Baily’s Beads (literary magazine)
Blue and Gold Society (sponsored by Pitt-Bradford Alumni Association)
Ice Hockey Club
Martial Arts Club
Outdoor Recreation Club
Sigma Alpha Pi (National Society of Leadership and Success)
Ski Club
Student Alumni Association


Registered Social Organizations (Not Recognized, Not Funded by SGA)

Delta Omega Phi
Gamma Psi Omega
Kappa Sigma
Lambda XI
Phi Beta Chi
Phi Kappa Epsilon
Sigma Lambda Ch
Theta Sigma Deltai
Zeta Alpha Chi


Honor Societies

*Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society — membership in this national organization is open to any full-time student pursuing a baccalaureate degree who attains a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the first term of study. A student whose cumulative GPA is 3.5 or higher after two terms of full-time study is also eligible for membership. The purpose of this organization is to recognize and encourage academic excellence during the freshman year and beyond.

* Alpha Sigma Lambda honor society for non-traditional/adult students — membership in this organization is open to nontraditional students, usually 25 years of age or older, who have distinguished themselves academically. To be eligible, a student must have earned at least 30 credits at Pitt-Bradford and carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5.

* Beta Beta Beta biological honor society — membership in this national organization is open to seniors, juniors, and second semester sophomores who have excelled in the field of biology. New members are inducted in the Spring Term.

* Chi Alpha Sigma national college athlete honor society — membership in this national society is open to student athletes who have earned an athletic letter in their sport(s). Chi Alpha Sigma requires a minimum of junior status in academic standing and must have earned  3.4or higher. New members are inducted at the athletic banquet in April.

* Phi Epsilon Kappa honorary fraternity - membership in this national fraternity is open to men and women pursuing academic majors in the sport and exercise science department. This organization is open to eligible upper-class students who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0, as well as a 3.0 in the academic major.

* Pi Gamma Mu social science honor society - membership in this international organization is open to seniors and juniors who are in the upper 35% of their class, have completed at least 20 credit hours in the social sciences, and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. New members are inducted during the Spring Term.

* Psi Chi psychology honor society - membership in this national organization is open to students enrolled as a Psychology major or minor who have completed at least 3 terms or equivalent of full-time college coursework, have completed at least 9 credit hours of psychology courses, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and a minimum 3.0 GPA for psychology courses.

* Sigma Tau Delta English honor society — membership in this international honor society is open to students who are studying English language and literature, have earned at least a 3.0 quality point average overall and in all ENG, WRITNG and CLP courses beyond ENG 102, and must hve completed three semesters of university work.

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