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.

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.

  • Overview

  • 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.

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    Relevant Classes

    A well-rounded list of liberal arts and major classes prepare you to excel as an innovative, character-driven professional. And trained advisers provide the personalized, strengths-focused guidance you need to thrive as a college student and complete your degree.

    Download a semester-by-semester class planning guide. This shows how you can finish your degree in four years.

  • Real-World Experience

    Here, 100% of traditional undergraduate students complete an academic internship or practicum. More than a graduation requirement, this hands-on opportunity helps you explore your vocation and gain the practical experience necessary for career success.

    With support from campus resources such as the Center for Career & Life Calling, our students have landed internships at organizations such as:

    • John Ball Zoological Park
    • Michigan Department of Natural Resources
    • North Country Trails
    • Waikiki Aquarium

    Marketable Expertise

    Cornerstone graduates are influencers in their work, neighborhoods and world for Christ. You can find them building lives that matter in West Michigan and countries around the world.

    Because of their broad knowledge base, major-specific skills and servant leadership qualities, our alumni have contributed value to teams at:

    • Au Sable Institute
    • Ebersole Environmental Education Center
    • Kalamazoo Nature Center
    • Sedgwick County Zoo
    • USDA Forest Service
  • Job and Graduate School Placement Rate


    of our traditional undergraduate environmental biology majors from the class of 2016 were working or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation.

    Off-Campus Study Experiences

    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