Explore the Environmental Science Major - Biology Emphasis

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. In this interdisciplinary 61-63 credit hour bachelor of science program, you'll take courses in biology, chemistry, geology and mathematics to gain an understanding of how you can responsibly carry out your role as a steward of God's creation. You will also take courses that study environmental impacts, policy and ethics. These classes are specifically designed to develop a Christian philosophy of environmental management. In this program, you can choose an emphasis in either biology, chemistry or geology, depending on your career goals.

Course Requirements 2014-2015

(61-63 semester hours)

  • BIOL-123 The Living World: Concepts & Connections
  • BIOL-224 Cellular & Genetic Systems
  • BIOL-225 Ecological & Evolutionary Systems
  • BIOL-250 Research Design & Methodology
  • BIOL-295 Biology Seminar (taken concurrently with BIOL250)
  • BIOL-345 Ecosystem Ecology and Management
  • Two from:
    • BIOL-332 Plant Physiology
    • BIOL-336 General Microbiology
    • BIOL-341 Entomology
    • BIOL-344 Vertebrate Biology
    • BIOL-346 Plant Taxonomy
    • * selectios may include approved course(s) from Biology 311-364, 385, 390, 399
  • CHEM-103 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM-104 General Chemistry II
  • One from:
    • CHEM-253 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
    • CHEM-261 Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM-262 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM-271 Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM-281 Environmental Chemistry Lab
  • GEOL-151 Introductory Geology
  • GEOL-311 Geomorphology
  • GEOL-312 Environmental Geology


(13 semester hours)

  • ENST-210 Human Modifications of Global Environmt
  • ENST-302 Environment and Society
  • ENST-395 Seminar in Environmental Studies
  • One sequence from:
    • MATH-132 Calculus for Management, Life, & Social Sciences
    • MATH-171 Calculus I
    • MATH-145 Biostatistics

    • MATH-171 Calculus I
    • MATH-172 Calculus II
    • MATH-243 Statistics

For additional information see environmental science, environmental studies program.

How to graduate with honors in environmental science

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and total of six honors courses (18 hours minimum) overall, including one honors course outside the major; 
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.3 in the major;
  3. Honors credit in four courses in the major, including:
    1. one introductory course from among BIOL 123 or 224, CHEM 103, or GEOL 151;
    2. one course from either ENST 210 or 302;
    3. one course from among BIOL 345, CHEM 271, or GEOL 312;
    4. ENST 395 taken for honors credit;
  4. Completion of an internship experience through ENST 385, an independent research study (390 course) in Biology, Chemistry, or Geology, or another approved practicum.

Program overview

  • Choose the field of your emphasis in environmental science: biology, chemistry or geology.
  • Take a minimum of 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.

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How to be admitted to the environmental science program

To be admitted to this program, you must take three college-level science courses with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each course. 

You must also be approved for admission by the committee which oversees this major.


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