A core curriculum of forty-two hours provides a unified presentation of environmental studies as a coherent framework of concepts, theories, facts, skills, and values essential to all students pursuing a vocational calling in this field.

The environmental science curriculum consisting of core and elective courses prepares all students to address environmental problems integrating knowledge from across the natural and social sciences. In addition, students acquire specific environmental skills such as environmental research design, statistics, computer mapping and information systems, and pollution assessment. All of this is done within the context of a Christian environmental ethic in which students develop their personal and professional identity as stewards of creation. 

Beyond the core, an additional ten hours are selected from the list of electives in consultation with the program director.

The core curriculum for Environmental Science is:

Core Basic Sciences

Course NumberTitleCredit Hours
ENVR 212/GEOL 212 Dynamic Earth and Environment 4
BIOL 242 Diversity of Life: An Introduction to Zoology and Botany 
BIOL 243 Processes of Life: Ecology and Evolution 4
CHEM 231  General Chemistry I 4

Technical Environmental Science Courses

Course NumberTitleCredit Hours
ENVR 341 Quantitative Methods for Env. Analysis & Problem Solving 4
ENVR 371 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 2
ENVR 381 Environmental Pollution and Toxicology 4

Social Science- Environmental Science Connections

Course NumberTitleCredit Hours
ENVR 231 Environmental Law, Justice, and Development 2
HNGR 114 Poverty, Justice and Transformation 4
OR URBN 114 Social Life of Cities 4

Professional Courses

Course NumberTitleCredit Hours
ENVR 494 Environmental Science Capstone 2
ENVR 495 Environmental Science Research 2-4
OR ENVR 496 Environmental Science Internship  2-4

One course must be a field intensive course. BIOL 242 and/or BIOL 243 in the Black Hills is recommended. See other approved courses.