Environmental Science, B.S.

As of Fall 2019, this degree program is in teach out phase, no new students will be admitted at this time. See the Department for alternate educational options in this field.


The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science is to nurture passionate leaders within the evangelical community that will impact the world for Christ, working to restore all aspects of God's creation, by combining scientific and theological knowledge with practical field, lab and teaching skills to create just and sustainable solutions for environmental issues.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements of 71 credits. Students are encouraged to take courses during summers at either the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies Great Lakes Campus in Michigan, or the Pacific Rim campus on Whidbey Island in Washington, or a semester with the Creation Care Studies Program in either Belize or New Zealand. Visit the following websites to get information on course offerings, prerequisites, and availability — Au Sable and Creation Care.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate science and faith to evaluate major environmental issues and develop just and sustainable solutions (ULO 1, 2).

  2. Demonstrate field, lab, evaluation and presentation skills needed to conduct environmental research (ULO 1, 3).

  3. Integrate science and faith with teaching skills to motivate people to care for people and the rest of God’s creation (ULO 1, 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Admission Recommendations

Recommended high school courses are: one year of biology, one year of chemistry, three years of mathematics, and two years of foreign language. One year of physics is desirable. The student should be aware that Advanced Placement (AP) science courses may not be used to fulfill science requirements for this degree.

Graduate/Professional School Requirements

The student should be aware that most graduate programs and many professional schools require an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 and that a grade of "C" or better was earned for all science courses and they will not accept Advanced Placement science credit to fulfill the entrance requirements.

Curriculum Requirements

A minimum of 43 credits in Biology or Environmental Studies, with an additional 28 credits in supporting sciences.

Program-Specific Core Curriculum Courses
All Environmental Science majors automatically meet the Core Curriculum requirement of 6 credits of science and mathematics. The foreign language requirement is met by two years in high school or the first 4 credits in college.
PHIL 215 is strongly recommended for all Environmental Science majors.
Program Courses
BIOS 103Introduction to Environmental Science3
BIOS 112Fundamentals of Organismal Biology3
BIOS 114Fundamentals of Organismal Biology Laboratory1
BIOS 200Sophomore Writing Seminar1
BIOS 222Botany4
BIOS 401General Ecology4
BIOS 470Seminar in Advanced Biology1
BIOS 480Internship1
Select two courses from the following:7
Vertebrate Biology
Invertebrate Biology
Marine Biology
Natural History of Southern California
MATH 210Introduction to Probability and Statistics3
or MATH 318 Biostatistics
Select 8 credits from the following:8
Ecological Agriculture
Land Resources
Lake Ecology and Management
Conservation Biology
Restoration Ecology
Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
Topics in Natural Resource Management
Select 7 credits from the following:7
Global Development and Ecological Sustainability
Environmental Ethics
Environmental Health: An Ecological Perspective
Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies
Topics in Environmental Science
The following 28 credits of supporting sciences from the Departments of Physical Science and Chemistry are required including:
CHEM 105General Chemistry I4
CHEM 106General Chemistry II4
CHEM 321Basic Organic and Biochemistry3
CHEM 322Basic Organic and Biochemistry Lab1
CHEM 332Environmental Chemistry4
PHSC 103Geology3
PHSC 104Geology Laboratory1
PHSC 111Physics I3
PHSC 117Physics I Laboratory1
PHSC 112Physics II3
PHSC 118Physics II Laboratory1
Total Credits71