Natural resources matter.

Many environmental biology programs give you great theory in the classroom, but getting into the field is the best teacher! With West Michigan as our backyard and excellent natural locations nearby, we study nature up close: sand dunes, forests, Lake Michigan, inland lakes, streams and wetlands.

Receive hands-on field experiences that make learning more effective and fun. Every year you will have a chance to travel and study diverse ecosystems like Yellowstone, Everglades, or Grand Canyon National Parks and even Ireland. You may find yourself taking courses in botany, exploring forests, conducting stream evaluations, travelling to Yellowstone National Park, researching white-tailed deer in the summer, doing research on a Lake Michigan research boat, and watching elk during mating season.

Environmental Biology at Cornerstone is hands-on, mind-on. Our course spend as much time outdoors as they do inside the classroom. Courses are designed to develop practical field skills in environmental biology to prepare students for careers in a variety of fields.

  • Overview

  • Quick Facts

    • Major Credit Hours: 51
    • Career Opportunities: Our students are working with the Environmental Protection Agency, national parks as educational interpreters, state fish and wildlife agencies, environmental consulting firms, environmental chemistry laboratories, and at nature and outdoor education centers. For many careers in this field, graduate school is a requirement and students should be thinking that direction coming into the program. In addition, graduates have received placement in graduate programs at top tier universities such as Duke University and University of Miami.
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
      • Fall semester—August 15
      • Spring semester—January 1

    Degree Completion

    Download a sample degree plan for a major in Environmental Biology.

  • Internship Locations

    100% of Cornerstone University's traditional undergraduate students complete an internship experience.

    Environmental biology majors have received hands-on, professional training as interns with these organizations:

    • John Ball Zoological Park
    • Michigan DNR Fish Division
    • North Country Trails
    • Waikiki Aquarium

    Off-Site Opportunities

    Take courses at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies – our biological field station! Students take specialized courses from Christian professors from over 30 colleges and universities and earn professional certification as a part of their degree program.

Major Courses and Catalog

In addition to completing the university's core curriculum, the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology degree requires the following classes:

  • BIO-151 General Biology (4 credit hours)
  • BIO-225 Botany (4 credit hours)
  • BIO-233 Zoology (4 credit hours)
  • BIO-351 Genetics (4 credit hours)
  • BIO-400 Capstone Seminar: Bioethics & Argument Theory (3 credit hours)
  • ECO-241 Environmental Science (4 credit hours)
  • ECO-341 Ecology (4 credit hours)
  • ECO-442 Advanced Field Studies (4 credit hours)
  • ECO-3XX, 4XX Electives at Au Sable Institute (8 credit hours)
  • SCI-361 Evolution & Origins (3 credit hours)
  • SCI-380 Internship (3 credit hours)
  • SCI-495 Senior Research Project (1 credit hour)
  • SCI-496 Senior Research Seminar (1 credit hour)
  • Program elective (4 credit hours)

Required General Science Minor II

  • CHM-121 General Chemistry I (4 credit hours)
  • CHM-122 General Chemistry II (4 credit hours)
  • CHM-212 Principles of Organic & Biochemistry (4 credit hours)
  • ECO-3XX, 4XX Elective at Au Sable Institute (4 credit hours)
  • MAT-151 Statistics (3 credit hours)
  • SCI-262 Geology (4 credit hours)
  • Mathematics elective (3-4 credit hours)

For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Cornerstone University Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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