At Calvin, we believe that we are called to be stewards of God's creation. Environmental studies students tackle environmental issues from multiple perspectives, from political to biological to geological.

Overview

With an environmental studies major, you will take courses in the sciences and the humanities to develop a strong understanding of environmental issues across the globe. After taking foundational courses in biology, economics, geography, political science and environmental studies, you will choose of these concentrations:

  • economics
  • geography
  • political science

Internships and hands-on lab work are an essential part of this major.

Careers in Environmental Studies

  • Lobbyist
  • Aquatic Toxicologist
  • Analytic Chemist
  • National Park Ranger
  • 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
View all scholarship opportunities

Faculty

Henk Aay

Henk Aay
Professor Emeritus
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH 058
aay@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7033

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

Kathi Groenendyk

Kathi Groenendyk
Professor, chair
Department of Communication Arts & Sciences
DC 250A
kgroenen@calvin.edu
(616) 526-6317

David Koetje

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

Rich Nyhof

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

James Skillen

James Skillen
Assistant Professor
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH B77
jrs39@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7546

Jason VanHorn

Jason VanHorn
Assistant Professor
Department of Geology Geography & Environmental Studies
NH 075
jev35@calvin.edu
(616) 526-7623

Amy Wilstermann

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

Talk to us

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

Admissions

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Teach This

Interested in teaching? You can gain certification in Environmental Studies as a:

Calvin's teacher education program also contains education-specific course requirements that you must complete prior to certification. See course requirements for:

Professor Robert Keeley talks about the education program.

Learn More

Explore Calvin's teacher education program.

Contact Deanna van Dijk, Ken Bergwerff, for more information about teacher certification in Earth/space Science

Contact Ken Bergwerff for more information about teacher certification in Geography

Read the teacher education guidebook for more detailed information about certification.

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