At Cornerstone University, we believe that getting into the field is the best teacher for environmental biology majors. With West Michigan as our backyard, we study nature up close: sand dunes, forests, Lake Michigan, inland lakes, streams and wetlands.
Here, 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, traveling 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.
Courses are designed to develop practical field skills in environmental biology to prepare students for careers in a variety of fields. You can even 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.
- School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
- Division: Kinesiology, Science, Engineering & Mathematics
- Degree Type: Bachelor of Science
- Format: Residential
- Location: Grand Rapids
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.
From personable faculty to one-on-one advising appointments, we have resources to support you in reaching your goals and being successful in your classes.
See our sample degree plans for the list of classes you'll take as an environmental biology major.
All traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. This experience helps you explore your calling and gain practical career skills.
With guidance from the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students land internships at trusted businesses and nonprofits around the world.
- John Ball Zoological Park
- Michigan Department of Natural Resources
- North Country Trails
- Waikiki Aquarium
of traditional undergraduate STEM students from the class of 2019 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.
Importantly, our recent graduates also shared that they love their work. Of respondents, 94 percent reported a genuine interest in what they are doing.
Cornerstone alumni are tireless in their passion to influence our world for Christ as servant leaders. You can find CU graduates building lives that matter at workplaces based in West Michigan and beyond.
- Au Sable Institute
- Ebersole Environmental Education Center
- Kalamazoo Nature Center
- North Country Trail Association
- Sedgwick County Zoo
- University of Illinois Extension
- USDA Forest Service
As an environmental biology student, you may take part in an off-campus Advanced Field Studies course at one of these locations:
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Northern Ireland
- Yellowstone National Park