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.

Overview

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. In this program, you will choose a concentration in biology, chemistry or geology but take foundational courses in all of these areas. You will also take courses in environmental impacts, policy and ethics. These classes are specifically designed to develop a Christian philosophy of environmental management.

Careers in Environmental Sciences

  • National Park Ranger
  • Plant Ecologist
  • Air Quality Scientist
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Lobbyist
  • Environmental Toxicologist
  • More

See job placement rates for Calvin grads.

Student involvement

Join the Environmental Stewardship Coalition; Work at the Ecosystem Preserve; Assist a professor with environmental research; Participate in campus-wide sustainability programs; Live in the Creation Care Living-Learning Community.

Scholarships

Dollar amounts reflect awards given for the 2014-15 academic year.

Debra Deur Scholarship
  • award amount: $3,800
  • sophomore, junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Clarence and Irene Menninga Geology Scholarship
  • award amount: $1,800
  • junior or senior
  • GPA 2.5+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
Jerrian (M.D.) and Anna (Terpstra) Van Dellen Geology Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,000
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial aid required; must demonstrate academic potential, leadership ability and Christian character
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
John and Lillian Van Oosten Scholarship
  • award amount: $2,900
  • junior or senior
  • GPA of 3.0+
  • financial need required
  • apply through the Calvin Portal
View all scholarship opportunities

Faculty

Eric Arnoys

Eric Arnoys
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 233
earnoys@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6051

David Benson

David Benson
Associate Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 303
deb22@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7699

Curtis Blankespoor

Curtis Blankespoor
Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
DH 123
cblankes@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6498

Randall DeJong

Randall DeJong
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
DH 109
rdejong@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7625

Herbert Fynewever

Herbert Fynewever
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 229
hrf3@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7711

Keith Grasman

Keith Grasman
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 103
kag4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6024

David Koetje

David Koetje
Professor of Biology
Department of Biology
DH 105
dkoetje@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7047

Mark Muyskens

Mark Muyskens
Professor, Department Chair
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 305
muym@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6269

Rich Nyhof

Rich Nyhof
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 111
nyhr@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6347

Anding Shen

Anding Shen
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DH 209
as28@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6025

Kumar Sinniah

Kumar Sinniah
Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 225
ksinniah@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6058

Ralph Stearley

Ralph Stearley
Professor
NH 071
rstearle@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6370

Deanna van Dijk

Deanna van Dijk
Professor
NH 079
dvandijk@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6510

Randall Van Dragt

Randall Van Dragt
Professor
Department of Biology
DeVries Hall 113
vdra@calvin.edu
(616)526-6497

Gerry Van Kooten

Gerry Van Kooten
Professor
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH 081
gkv2@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6374

Douglas Vander Griend

Douglas Vander Griend
Associate Professor
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
DeVries Hall 231
dav4@calvin.edu
(616) 526-8729

Dave Warners

Dave Warners
Professor
Department of Biology
DH 125
dwarners@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6820

John Wertz

John Wertz
Assistant Professor
Department of Biology
DeVries Hall 131
jwertz59@calvin.edu
(616)526-7621

Amy Wilstermann

Amy Wilstermann
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
DeVries Hall 129
amw26@calvin.edu
(616)526-7620

Talk to us

Randall Van Dragt Randall Van Dragt
Program Director
DeVries Hall 113
vdra@calvin.edu
(616) (616)526-6497

Kenneth Piers Kenneth Piers
Program Director
DeVries Hall 337
pier@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6491

Ralph Stearley Ralph Stearley
Program Director
NH 071
rstearle@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6370

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