Environmental Science


Environmental Science is one of three majors in Grace College's Environmental Science Program, and it focuses on preparing you for a science career immediately after graduation from Grace. Environmental Science is for students who want to hit the ground running with a career. This major retains a strong science foundation, but also includes behavioral science and political science, which are critical to navigating environmental issues.

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.

Course Requirements for Environmental Science

Course Requirements for Environmental Science Minor


Examples of courses in this major:

ENV 2110 General Ecology

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.

CHM 3210 Environmental Chemistry

A study of the chemistry associated with the atmosphere, soil and groundwater, and surface waters.

BHS 3270 Social Psychology

A study of the social behavior of the individual and the group. Particular attention is given to the development and dynamics of social groups, social perception, motivation, attitudes and values.

ENV 3410 Environmental Ethics

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.

POS 2010 Intro to Political Thought

This course includes several approaches to political philosophy. First, it provides a general overview of the dominant political ideologies from the ancient to the contemporary world. Second, it provides a general survey of some of the most influential political thinkers whose writings and theories have given rise to the modern political landscape. This will focus heavily on the development of western political thought but may include selections from Islamic civilization, southeast Asia or other non-western contexts. Third, this course will include an introduction to more recent thinkers, or even popular personalities, whose work is relevant to the intersection of faith and politics.

ENV 3210 Aquatic Ecology

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.