Coursework in animal and plant biology, ecology, chemistry, statistics, soils, ethics, public policy, and geographic information systems (GIS) will prepare students for the opportunity to enter the work field or graduate studies in such fields:
- ecology and biology
- natural resource management
- environmental education
- environmental monitoring
- ecological restoration
This major will complement programs in biology, natural sciences, health professions (e.g., premed, pharmacy, community health), world missions, etc. addressing the context of many of the human challenges. Thus, our ENVS majors can be gatekeepers as they move into professions in the sciences with an ability to profess:
- As creationists ... that the sanctity of human life and the value of all creatures in God's web of life must be managed well or all of human life will be diminished.
- As missionaries ... providing an expertise on the mission field that goes beyond treating lines of the ill and malnourished because they can address the infrastructure: the sanitation, nutrition/agriculture, and valuing of the creation in which the needy live.
- As naturalists ... in a culture that increasingly turns to media for "virtual experiences" and thus experiences a "nature deficit disorder" interpreters of nature (God's creation) can utilize the natural revelation to bring hope and "spiritual health" by helping individuals discover the awesomeness of God's creation and their responsibility to it.
- As biologists ... in a culture that is becoming increasingly medicated, as evidenced by the demand for pharmacists, the ENVS major will equip biologists with expertise in "environmental health" who can research what exactly is happening to the chemicals we ingest when they leave our bodies and enter the waste stream and the environment.