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The environmental science bachelor degree at Geneva College focuses on the functioning of the natural world, environmental problems and solutions, and management of natural resources. We provide students a foundation in the natural sciences, as well as an understanding of the factors that influence environmental decision-making. We also desire that they come to value the natural world as God′s creation, which He rules by His providence and over which He has mandated us to be caretakers. We aim to help our students gain skill in relating Biblical principles of ethics to environmental problems. Finally, through this faith-based environmental science degree, we want them to apply their knowledge, values and skills, with excellence, toward their specific callings as servant-leaders in God′s world.

Students pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science will take a minimum of four courses at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, with one of them being Land Resources. Au Sable is a Christian institute of environmental studies whose purpose is to train student leaders in the skills, theory and ethic necessary to care for God′s world. Courses take place at four campuses around the globe: Michigan (Great Lakes), Washington State (Pacific Rim; Puget Sound), South India and Costa Rica. For more information about Au Sable, visit

Why choose environmental science at Geneva College?

  • Field-based, practical hands-on learning in the outdoors at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies.
  • Integration of Christian faith that will transform your understanding of environmental science.
  • Room in the schedule for a minor. You don′t have to choose one area or the other—you can do both! For example: major in environmental science, minor in chemistry (three additional courses); or minor in political science (4 additional courses); or minor in psychology (18 additional credits); or minor in missions (18 additional credits).
  • Summer classes enable most students to graduate a semester early.
  • Preparation for a variety of careers or for further study in graduate school.

Some classes you will take:

  • Ecology
  • American Public Policy
  • Botany
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology
  • Field courses at Au Sable Institute

What can I do with a degree in environmental science?

A degree in environmental science will prepare you for a career or graduate school in a variety of fields, such as:

  • Land and water conservation
  • Air and water quality management
  • Water resources
  • Environmental education
  • Parks and outdoor recreation
  • Waste management
  • Fisheries and wildlife management
  • Forestry
  • Environmental restoration and remediation


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