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.
Graduates have found careers in many different environmental biology fields. 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.
Download a sample degree plan for a major in Environmental Biology.
Students complete internships at a wide variety of locations. Recent interns have worked with the DNR wildlife and fisheries divisions, served at the Waikiki Aquarium with endangered Hawaiian monk seals, interned at John Ball Zoological Park, assumed the roles as environmental consultants doing field work on rivers and streams, invested in the efforts of nature centers as educators and land stewards, and assisted with government conservation districts and many other locations both locally and nationally.
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.