Environmental Biology is one of three majors in Grace College's environmental science program, and it focuses on preparing you for further education in graduate school, law school or professional programs. Environmental biology is for students who desire an academic platform for careers in cutting-edge research, teaching or other advanced professional fields. Foundational math and science courses are required for this major.
This major will equip you with practical knowledge and applicable skills to pursue a successful career in an ever-increasing number of environmental fields. Through our involvement with the Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College and the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, you will have even more unique opportunities for research and community internships.
Examples of courses in this major:
An overview of physical, chemical and biological components and their interactions in streams, wetlands and lakes. Particular focus will be on outdoor field work to learn hands-on skills in this area of study.
A study of the chemistry associated with the atmosphere, soil and groundwater, and surface waters.
Integrated study of plants as organisms. Deals with plant structure, physiology, development, genetics, ecology and classification of major plant groups.
A study of the interaction of organisms with their physical environment and with each other. Particular focus will be on application of ecological concepts and field work in various local ecosystems.
Integrated study of animals as organisms. Deals with animal structure, physiology, development, genetics, ecology and classification of major animal groups.
An exploratory study of secular and Christian views of the natural world and humanity's place in it. Special attention on practical application of a biblical stewardship ethic.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.A. in Biology and Chemistry, Trinity Christian College; Ph.D. in Resource Ecology and Management-Aquatics, University of Michigan
Nathan Bosch joined the Grace College faculty in 2008. He is passionate about teaching and mentoring all ages of students to value and care for our valuable water resources. To better understand how to take care of aquatic ecosystems, he has studied lakes and rivers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. At Grace College, he fulfills the role of associate professor of environmental science as well as the director of the Center for Lakes & Streams, a research center at Grace College. Before moving to Winona Lake and joining Grace College, Bosch earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan while also working as a researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is married and has four children. When he is not on a lake or in a stream, he can be found at home, playing with his kids.
A.S., Owensboro Community College, Kentucky; B.S. Chemistry, Kentucky Wesleyan College; M.S. Analytical Chemistry, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green; Ph.D., Organometallic Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington.
Chad Snyder joined the Grace science faculty in the fall of 2015. He brings 10 years of expertise to Grace in undergraduate and faculty research in synthetic organic and organometallic chemistry. Dr. Snyder's research interests include alternative energy and semiconductor materials synthesis, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and novel gunshot residue (GSR) analysis. Additionally, Dr. Snyder has formed a research partnership with the Ft. Wayne Children's Zoo in an effort to protect and preserve the health of the zoo's pond system, which is home to 11 species of birds and mammals.
B.A. in Mathematics, Houghton College; M.S. in Mathematics, South Dakota State University; Ph.D. in Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kristin Farwell joined the Grace College family in 2011. His passion is working with undergraduates on research topics and getting them prepared to give presentations at conferences. He has worked with many students on independent studies. Kris and his wife, Megan, have one daughter, Eden, and attend Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church.
B.S. in Agriculture, University of Missouri; D.V.M., University of Missouri
Marcia Lee moved to the Winona Lake area in 1977, when she began teaching part-time for the college. She practiced veterinary medicine for approximately 35 years, seven in Missouri and the balance in Indiana. For a time, she owned and operated a veterinary clinic in Warsaw while also teaching at Grace.
B.S. in Microbiology, Colorado State University; M.S. in Microbiology, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of California, San Diego; Post-Doctorate, Molecular Biology, Stanford University
Following his doctoral studies, Richard Roberts spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University studying bacterial development. From 1996 to 2010, Roberts changed career directions to serve as a children's pastor at churches in Sunnyvale, California, and Kenosha, Wisconsin. He was excited to join the Grace faculty in 2010 and change his ministry focus from children to college students. He and his wife, Lori, have three children.
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What others are saying:
The amount of knowledge and experience that I have already gained as a freshman majoring in environmental biology has surpassed all my expectations. Upon my arrival at Grace, I was immediately immersed in my major, benefiting from wise professors and practical experience. I am a volleyball player, and this required me to miss several classes at the beginning of the year for tournaments. I was anxious about how my professors would react to a student informing them that she would miss two classes on the very first week of school. However, they were entirely understanding and did everything they could to help me cope with make-up work. By the start of my second semester, I was given a position as a research assistant. This entails regularly testing all the streams in the area, which familiarizes me with managing scientific data and equipment. Not to mention, it is a great resume builder! I have no doubt that the experience and knowledge I have yet to gain at Grace will be sufficient in preparing me to succeed in graduate school and beyond.
- Alixandra Underwood, B.S., Environmental Biology, 2016
Being a part of the environmental science program here at Grace has been an influential experience for me. The classes are very hands-on, giving you real life application of what scientists really do as a career. I enjoy feeling like I'm getting what I want out of the labs and building great relationships with all the professors. Beyond that, I get to be an assistant to Dr. Bosch, seeing what goes on in the background and all the steps that must take place before the real science can even begin. I often tell others that I must be building the most unique resume since all the experiences I have had vary greatly. I get to do everything from sampling lakes and streams, maintaining aquarium fish populations, working in the community, preparing special activities for outreach events, and helping with program communications. I have really come to understand how much time and effort gets put into furthering scientific knowledge and how important it is to do so.
- Amanda Stout, B.S., Environmental Science, 2013
The environmental science program at Grace is very interactive. The labs are hands-on, and the professors are more than willing to work with students personally. I have never felt so comfortable in a classroom. I've gained valuable experience in collecting data and learning to use scientific instruments. Because of the applied learning opportunities, I'm confident that I'll be successful upon graduation.
- Nathan Burton, B.S., Environmental Science, 2012
Grace College’s environmental science program has given me the opportunity to study the aspects of science that I love the most. Classes with weekly labs in the field have cemented knowledge and practical skills into my experience that I will appreciate no matter what direction my future takes. It is also exciting to be part of something new. Each person matters, and our visions are helping to shape what this program will become. As a transfer student bringing in a variety of credits, Dr. Bosch worked closely with me and was flexible in an effort to help me accomplish the goals of the program as well as my own personal goals. This flexibility is so valuable because it allows students to pursue their individual areas of interest in a hands-on way within the broader framework of general study.
- Margaret Gullman, B.S., Environmental Biology, 2011