Environmental Health and Conservation

Ecology and Management, One Health

Academics / Departments & Programs / Biology / AcademicsEnvironmental Health and Conservation

Degree Overview

Are you awed by the vibrant life, color, and beauty of the earth? Do you see the hand of God in his creation, and do you have a deep desire to care for it? We do, too.

We are motivated by this simple idea—that the health and well-being of both humans and the environment are deeply interconnected.

At Calvin, you’ll find a passionate group of faculty and students who are already at work with initiatives like Plaster Creek Stewards and the Calvin Environmental Assessment Program. You’ll do meaningful, résumé-building research on topics like stream restoration, invasive plants and species, environmental threats, and more. With all of the rich outdoor environments that Michigan has to offer, you’ll have a place to begin caring for and to call your own.

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Program Distinctives

Two paths - Choose the area of focus that best fits your career goals: Ecology and Management or One Health. Each will prepare you to promote ecological health from a unique perspective.
A deeper purpose - We don’t stop at the mechanics of environmental science. Instead, you’ll dig deep into questions involving faith, ethics, conservation, and more.
Just the right size - We’re small enough to be a tight-knit community and big enough to receive funding for advanced, specialized equipment. That means you’ll get access to personalized faculty support, smaller classes, and cutting-edge technology.
Rich outdoor environments - Immerse yourself in real, paid research with your professors in locations like the Calvin Ecosystem Preserve & Native Gardens, Plaster Creek, and Michigan’s many lake regions.

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Public health

If you’re passionate about topics like healthy living, disease prevention, or health policy and advocacy, Calvin’s public health program can be a great companion to your environmental health and conservation major.

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