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Academics: Environmental Science

Major in environmental science

Develop a deeper understanding of how creation works and the diverse impact the growing human population is having on the world that sustains it—then learn how to do something about it. With an environmental science major, you'll draw from a number of disciplines within the sciences to gain an understanding of how you can responsibly carry out your role as a steward of God's creation.

Program overview
  • Choose the field of your emphasis in environmental science: biology, chemistry or geology.
  • Take a minimum Biol 250 research groupof 12 courses in biology, chemistry and geology.
  • With a biology emphasis, take four required biology courses and choose two more advanced-level courses.
  • Take seven cognate courses in chemistry, math and environmental studies, including a senior seminar to help you develop a Christian philosophy of the environment and environmental management.
Biology course requirements

123 The Living World: Concepts and Connections
224 Cellular and Genetic Systems
225 Ecological and Evolutionary Systems
250 Research Design and Methodology (recommend taking concurrently with BIOL 295
345 Ecosystem Ecology and Management
Two of:
332 Plant Physiology
General Microbiology
341 Entomology
344 Vertebrate Biology
346 Plant Taxonomy
or approved 300-level course

Seminar Course – complete two semesters of this course

295 Biology Seminar


CHEM 103 - 104 General Chemistry
CHEM 253 or 261Organic Chemistry
CHEM 271 - 281 Environmental Chemistry
GEOL 151 Introduction to Geology
GEOL 311 Geomorphology
GEOL 312 Environmental Geology
MATH 132 (or 171)-143 or MATH 171-172 and 243
Environmental Studies - ENST 210 Human Modifications of the Global Environment
ENST 302 Environmental & Society: Issues & Policies
ENST 395 History & Philosophy of Environmental Thought

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Environmental science will prepare you for a job in a variety of fields or further study in graduate programs like ecology, environmental science, natural resource management or environmental biology.

Where do some of our recent environmental science graduates work?

 • for the MI Department of Environmental Quality in Kent County

 • in Chicago for a consulting company doing wetland mitigation planning for construction projects

 • for the Land Conservancy in Texas protecting an endangered species of prairie chickens

 • at Ohio State researching forestry management to minimize the impact of invasive species in forests

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