2018-2019 University Catalog

Environmental Science

Environmental Science is the study of the effects and impacts of humans on all aspects of the natural world. It is an interdisciplinary field, incorporating studies in biology and chemistry as well as economics, politics, business, and ethics. Students of environmental science examine the ways humans view the natural world, the biological and chemical effects of human endeavors, and the roles of economic and political motivations that influence human relationships with the environment. Environmental Science prepares students to work in natural resource management, field research, urban development, environmental restoration, and other related fields in private, public, and not-for profit sectors. It may also prepare students to pursue graduate work in urban studies, environmental resource management, environmental biology, and sustainable business, among other fields.

Program Outcomes

Students graduating with a major in Environmental Science will be able to:

  • Evaluate the many facets of human impact on the environment. (ENV 1)
  • Analyze environmental problems from a variety of disciplines, including the sciences, ethics, politics, and economics. (ENV 2)
  • Develop appropriate strategies to research and analyze environmental problems from a scientific perspective. (ENV 3)
  • Construct a coherent understanding of Environmental Science that is integrated with Christian theological principles. (ENV 4)
  • Critique values, assumptions, and contexts that influence the relationship and response between humans and the environment. (ENV 5)
  • Effectively use and critically evaluate the current scientific literature in the discipline. (ENV6)
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral forms with lay and professional audiences the standards and current practices in the field of Environmental Science. (ENV 7)