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Curriculum

A core curriculum of 42 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 10 hours are selected from the list of electives in consultation with the program director

The core curriculum for Environmental Science is:

Course

Hours 

Core Basic Sciences 

ENVR 212

or 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

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 

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 

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.