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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

About the B.S. in Environmental Science Degree

Do you have a passion to worship your Creator through studying and applying the sciences? Cedarville’s distinctly Christian environmental science major can help you do just that. You will recognize God as the Creator of everything and come to see your role of being a good steward of what He has created.

The environmental science major will give you a broad preparation in the sciences and opportunities for advanced studies to prepare you for careers in wildlife biology and conservation, environmental restoration, soil and water management, and environmental education or for successful entry into graduate school.

Why Study Environmental Science at Cedarville?

Environmental Science Program Highlights


Your environmental science coursework will be balanced well with a liberal arts curriculum and Cedarville’s Bible minor. Our environmental science faculty members are distinctive in their commitment to biblical integration in the sciences. Each class will challenge you to further develop your biblical foundation and practice of stewardship. This aspect of the program culminates in an Environmental Ethics course that challenges you to a holistic approach to integrating your faith and practice.

Broad Preparation

You will tailor your major based on your professional interests and goals by working with your environmental science academic adviser. We emphasize five core areas of development for all of our students in the program: content knowledge, the scientific process, the nature of science, critical thinking, and stewardship, exposing you to a broad biological background.

Small School Feel with Big University Opportunities

Cedarville is uniquely positioned to offer a “big university” curriculum and experiences while retaining a small school feel, where your professor and adviser know you personally. Cedarville University is a sustaining partner of Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies that widens the scope of our curriculum. Several travel study/study abroad options are also available.

Hands-on and field-based experience — You’ll get hands-on experience using state-of-the-art equipment for field and lab applications. You’ll also benefit from dedicated labs for each specialty area as well as a wide variety of "field labs," including a 40-acre Prairie Restoration, Wetland Restoration, Cedar Lake, and The Campus Arboretum. Most upper-level courses include an extended field trip to study unique ecosystems such as coastal marshes, sand dunes, and diverse forests.

What Can I Do With a B.S. in Environmental Science?

What can you do with an environmental science degree? There is a wide variety of professional opportunities for environmental science majors, as “environmental science” covers so many professions. About half of our graduates work in a government agency (from local to federal), and the other half work in private industry or environmental education. About one-third of our graduates have gone on to graduate studies, and all that pursued this option have been accepted and are working toward, or have completed, their graduate degree.

The most commonly pursued career paths have been field ecologists, wildlife biologists, park naturalists and educators, environmental scientists in industry, various positions in museums and zoos, and graduate school.

Opportunities to Learn Outside the Classroom

Student Organizations

Student organizations allow you to meet with like-minded fellow students and professionals.

  • Pro Terra Forma: A campus-wide group for students interested in environmental stewardship, conservation, and outdoor recreation.
  • Omega Tau Kappa: For students interested in environmental science education.
  • Great and Small is for students who are interested in veterinary medicine. This student-run organization helps students prepare for advanced education in the veterinary field.
  • Biology Club is for students interested in any aspect of biology. This student-run organization emphasizes networking and community service.

Global Outreach (GO)

At Cedarville we know that that spiritual and physical needs of the world are great. Missionary kids are strongly represented in our program, as they have seen these needs firsthand. Many of our students have pursued training in the sciences (agriculture, soil, and water) as well as courses in missions in anticipation of serving abroad. Dr. Mark Gathany has led student teams to the Peruvian Andes to distribute newly translated Quechuan Bibles as well as to Swaziland on a medical missions trip. We also have developed relationships with environmental missions representatives Wycliffe, Samaritan’s Purse, and Christar for students to make connections with and serve.

Science and Mathematics

Explore the natural sciences and mathematics as disciplines through which you can learn to understand creation and its Creator.


Biology and Life Science Program Options

If you’re interested in studying biology and life sciences at Cedarville, but you’re not sure which major is right for you, we’ve created a helpful resource that compares our four options to aid you in making a final decision.

Environmental Science alumni helps build a well

Alumni Profiles

Take a look at what some of our recent graduates are doing with their environmental science degree.


Au Sable Institute of Environmental Science

Our unique partnership with the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies complements your coursework with exciting adventures.

Placement Success

We’re proud of our successful graduates! 100% of 2018 graduates from the Department of Science and Mathematics were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

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Program Faculty

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Mark Gathany, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

  • Location ENS 277
  • Phone 937-766-3823
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Bob Paris, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology

  • Location ENS 275
  • Phone 937-766-7945
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Michael Mendel, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

  • Location ENS 230 E
  • Phone 937-766-7991
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Environmental Science Program Curriculum

Building on your core liberal arts and Bible minor courses, you will complete a core set of environmental science courses.  This sequence includes courses in biology, geology, and environmental science. Your core coursework will prepare and direct you to select a track of study such as animal and wildlife biology, plant and agricultural science, molecular ecology, geology, geospatial, or an interdisciplinary track with the intent of preparing you for your next vocational step.

This major is offered with a bachelor's-to-master's accelerated completion plan.
Sample courses:
  • Environment: Science, Sustainability, and Stewardship
  • Principles of Geographic Information Systems
View Curriculum Plan and Catalog