Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies is one of three majors in Grace College's Environmental Science Program, and it focuses on preparing you for environmental careers that are less technical but just as exciting. Environmental Studies is for students who want to educate and influence people's actions in relation to the environment. This major includes behavioral science and political science in addition to environmental science, which are all critical to navigating environmental issues, and it also includes business instruction, which is important when managing a program or organization. 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 Studies


Examples of courses in this major:

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 portion 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 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.

BUS 1010 Foundations of Business

Foundations of business provides an overview and understanding of the current issues and challenges facing today's businesses, both small and large. The design of the course is to enable the class participants to improve their understanding of the basic concepts of business. The class is a broad survey of fundamental business concepts such as management, marketing, human resources, accounting, and financial management and policy. General principles of business ethics and business law are also discussed. Students will reflect on all disciplines within the School of Business and be able to more readily decide a potential career path. This course introduces students to the business world, while it lays the foundation for their meaningful participation in more advanced classes.

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.