The Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in Mancelona, Mich., is the biological field station for Cornerstone University. It offers courses in the areas of field ecology, botany, land resources, water resources and environmental chemistry at various locations – Great Lakes Forests of northern Michigan, Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, Costa Rican rain forests and tropical India.
Courses at the Au Sable Institute are a key part of all BS Environmental Biology programs. Students maintain enrollment at Cornerstone University while taking May-term or summer courses for credit at Au Sable. Students are also encouraged to complete requirements for state certification in one of the following: stewardship ecologist, naturalist, environmental analyst, land resources analyst or water resources analyst. All courses are listed in the Kinesiology, Science & Mathematics section of the Cornerstone academic catalog.
For a current year course listing, see Professor Ray Gates or Dr. Rob Keys. Applications and enrollment are administered through Cornerstone’s science department. In the academic program for college and university students, participants take courses, engage in scholarship, gain field experience and confer and develop practical tools for environmental stewardship in programs that take seriously both science and theology.