The environmental biology major will help you understand the relationships of ecosystems and humanity so you can live as an effective manager of the awesome gift of creation. West Michigan is Cornerstone’s backyard, and we have numerous ecosystems we study up close: sand dunes, forests, Lake Michigan, inland lakes, streams and wetlands. Botanical gardens, museums, nature centers and zoos are also near the campus. You will receive hands-on field experiences that make learning more effective and fun. Every year you’ll have a chance to travel and study ecosystems like Yellowstone National Park, Everglades National Park, Grand Canyon National Park and even Ireland. You will also take classes at the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies – a specialized educational and research institute that allows students to take specialized courses from Christian professors from over 30 colleges and universities.
"Teaching science at CU provides an opportunity to share with students a holistic picture of the creation. Not only do we dig deeply into the sciences, but we also delve into our relationship with the Creator of all we study." Dr. Rob Keys, Associate Professor of Science (CU, 1984)
Why choose Environmental Biology at Cornerstone?
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.
What our students do in class…
You may find yourself taking exploring forests in botany, conducting stream evaluations ing zoology, travelling to Yellowstone National Park, researching white-tailed deer in the summer, doing research on a Lake Michigan research boat, watching elk during mating season…
What can I do with this major?
Our graduates will find a wide range of career possibilities: Bureau of Land Management, environmental consulting companies, graduate school, National Park Service, nature centers, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Our students have had internships with the following organizations: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Au Sable Institute, Blandford Nature Center, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Florida Aquarium, Land Conservancy of West Michigan and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.
What internships or partnerships are available with this program?
Students complete internships at a wide variety of locations. Recent interns have worked… at the Waikiki Aquarium with endangered Hawaiian monk seals, John Ball Zoological Park, with environmental consultants doing field work on rivers and streams, with nature centers, with government conservation districts and many other locations both locally and nationally.
What are grads doing now?
Cornerstone Environmental Biology grads are working in a diverse variety of locations –
- National Parks
- County waste water treatment facilities
- Zoological Parks
- Nature Conservancy
- Veterans Administration Research Centers
- In graduate programs at top tier universities like Duke and University of Miami