2020-2021 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:

  • Develop a coherent body of knowledge appropriate to a student's career goals in environmental science. (ENV 1)
  • Construct a coherent understanding of science that is integrated with Christian theological principles and rooted in a Christian worldview. (ENV 2)
  • Apply scientific knowledge and methodologies to develop researchable questions and hypotheses. (ENV 3)
  • Demonstrate an acceptable level of competency in laboratory procedures and techniques. (ENV 4)
  • Draw appropriate scientific conclusions through analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. (ENV 5)
  • Effectively use and critically evaluate resources including scientific research literature. (ENV6)
  • Develop effective oral and written communication skills of scientific issues to lay and professional audiences. (ENV 7)
  • Integrate scientific knowledge and methodologies with other disciplines to solve complex problems. (ENV 8)