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.
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.
- 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.
- Live in a community focused on sustainable living and Christian environmental stewardship.
- Read the Environmental Stewardship Coalition weblog.
- Read about Calvin College's Programs in Sustainability and the Environment.
- Take a course at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
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
(61-63 semester hours)
- BIOL-160 Ecological & Evolutionary Systems
- BIOL-161 Cellular & Genetic Systems
- BIOL-230 Physiological Systems
- BIOL-345 Ecosystem Ecology and Management
- Two from:
- CHEM-103 General Chemistry I
- CHEM-104 General Chemistry II
- One from:
- CHEM-271 Environmental Chemistry
- CHEM-281 Environmental Chemistry Lab
- GEOL-151 Introductory Geology
- GEOL-311 Geomorphology
- GEOL-312 Environmental Geology
- BIOL-250 Research Design & Methodology (recommended but not required)
(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-243 Statistics
For additional information see environmental science, environmental studies program.
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 and total of six honors courses (18 hours minimum) overall, including one honors course outside the major;
- Minimum GPA of 3.3 in the major;
- Honors credit in four courses in the major, including:
- one introductory course from among BIOL 123 or 224, CHEM 103, or GEOL 151;
- one course from either ENST 210 or 302;
- one course from among BIOL 345, CHEM 271, or GEOL 312;
- ENST 395 taken for honors credit;
- 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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