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Develop a deeper understanding of how creation works and the diverse impact a 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. 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.

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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Careers in Environmental Science

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. Potential careers range from environmental law to land use planning.

Where do some of our recent environmental science graduates work?

  • For the Michigan 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 The Ohio State University researching forestry management to minimize the impact of invasive species in forests

Course Requirements

  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.

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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