Program Options

Three Program Options

Environmental science emphasis

  • Foundational environmental studies, biology, and chemistry courses to lay the scientific groundwork for further study
  • Wildlife Ecology and Stewardship, Avian Biology and Conservation, Meteorology, and Geology courses
  • Economics of Natural Resources and social science courses to understand the context of environmental issues

Natural resources emphasis

  • Foundational environmental studies, biology, and chemistry courses in preparation for further study
  • Restoration Ecology, Flora of North America, Wildlife Ecology and Stewardship, Avian Biology and Conservation
  • Natural resources related internship

Policy and management emphasis

  • Foundational environmental studies, biology, and chemistry courses in preparation for further study
  • Environment-related communication, organizational management, and law courses
  • Contemporary Political Ideologies, Economic Development in Low Income Countries, and Advanced Public Address

Off-campus opportunities

As an environmental studies major, you are encouraged to spend a semester studying off-campus. Many students attend the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies during the summer, where they join students and instructors from other Christian colleges in hands-on study of forests, streams, marine organisms, and other parts of God's world. Au Sable offers course and field work in Michigan, Washington state, and South India.

Other off-campus program options available to you are:

  • Latin American Studies Program in Costa Rica
  • Chicago Semester Program
  • American Studies Program in Washington, D.C.
  • Creation Care Studies Program in Belize and New Zealand

Internships are an excellent way for you to broaden your experience and background. The environmental studies department and the career services office maintain files on summer internship opportunities.