The environmental science program supports environmentally focused coursework and service that will educate you in academic disciplines related to the environment; use the themes of sustainability and shalom to provide a center for analysis, reflection and action; and manifest the principles of the kingdom of God by preparing you for a life of environmental service within the global human and ecological community. Environmental studies is appropriate if you seek a balance of social and natural science perspectives on the environment, or seek greater flexibility to incorporate a minor, a second major, a study abroad program or additional elective coursework.


  • Small class sizes
  • Emphasis on research
  • Faculty who are experts in their field and who care about their students

Career opportunities

Common career paths for environmental scientists include teaching, research and governmental work. Our graduates are also well-prepared for graduate study, including teacher credential programs and master’s research. Because of its highly interdisciplinary structure, the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies can benefit almost any career field. Specific opportunities can be found in public affairs, environmental consulting, conservation and preservation and graduate study in any of the related sciences.

Program director

Michael Kunz
Michael Kunz, Ph.D.

Biological & Environmental Science Program Director

Course listing

Required Courses (19-21 Units)

ENV-150Introduction to Environmental Studies4
MATH-311Statistics for the Natural Sciences3
PS-373Nature, Law and Policy3
THEO-425Theological Ethics and the Environment3
ENV-482Environmental Studies Practicum1-3
BIOL-485Senior Seminar in Biology1

Courses from the B.S. in environmental science, electives or other courses approved by the program director to complete 38 units in the major.


BIOL-311Field Botany4
BIOL-321Vertebrate Zoology4
BIOL-322Invertebrate Zoology4
CHEM-310Organic Chemistry I3
CHEM-312LOrganic Chemistry I Lab2
CHEM-311Organic Chemistry II3
CHEM-313LOrganic Chemistry II Lab1
CHEM-351Instrumental Analysis4
GEOG-205Cultural Geography3
KIN-357Analysis of Outdoor Activities1
PHIL-430Wilderness Literature & Philosophy3
or PHYS-110
General Physics
University Physics
PS-425Global Economics & Sustainable Development3
PS-486Energy, Economics & Ethics3
SOC-483Mediation Practicum1
THEO-486Poverty, Injustice & Development3

Approved off-campus programs or field studies such as AuSable Institute