Environmental Biology

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Get your hands dirty in the outdoors.

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 exploring forests in botany, conducting stream evaluations, 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…

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.

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 can I do with a major in Environmental Biology?

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.

How can I complete my degree program in four years?

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

4 Year Environmental Biology Degree Plan

Where are internships and partnerships are available in the Environmental Biology program?

Students complete internships at a wide variety of locations. Recent interns have worked with the DNR wildlife and fisheries divisions, 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 as educators and land stewards, with government conservation districts and many other locations both locally and nationally.

What are graduates of the Environment Biology program doing now?

Cornerstone Environmental Biology grads are working in a diverse variety of locations –

  • National Parks
  • County waste water treatment facilities
  • EPA
  • Zoological Parks
  • Nature Conservancy
  • Veterans Administration Research Centers
  • In graduate programs at top tier universities like Duke and University of Miami
"As a graduate of this program and now teaching ecology at CU I enjoy the opportunity to share with students a holistic picture of the creation and my experiences in the professional world. 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, Professor of Science (CU, 1984)

Who can I contact for more information on a major in Environmental Biology?


Rob Keys, Ph.D. | Associate Professor