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About the BS in Environmental Science Degree

Why Study Environmental Science at Cedarville?

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.

Your environmental science coursework will be balanced well with a liberal arts curriculum and Cedarville’s Bible minor. Our environmental science faculty members integrate the Bible into 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.

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Program Overview

Environmental Science Program Highlights

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.

Big 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.

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.

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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.

What Can You Do With a BS in 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.

Placement Success

We're proud of our successful graduates! 98.1% of recent graduates from the School of Engineering and Computer Science were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Check out Cedarville's other placement rates.

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 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.


Au Sable Institute of Environmental Science

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

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 offers an accelerated bachelor's-to-master's pathway for students interested in pursuing their MBA.

Sample courses:

  • Environment: Science, Sustainability, and Stewardship
  • Principles of Geographic Information Systems

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

Program Level and Format

  • Undergraduate
  • Residential
  • 4-Year
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Program Faculty

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Mark Gathany, PhD

Professor of Biology


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Michael Mendel, PhD

Professor of Biology


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Bob Paris, PhD

Associate Professor of Biology


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