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Environmental Studies

Learn how humans impact the earth. And in the process, become a steward of creation.

Environmental Studies is an investigation of how the world works and how people should interact with it so that both people and the non-human world thrive. You’ll be mentored toward a creation-sensitive life and a career in the rapidly-expanding arena of environmental stewardship. Through experiences in the lab, field, and classroom, you’ll explore the grand diversity of living things and embrace our call to care for all of creation.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Environmental Science Major
Environmental Studies Major

Upcoming Events

MAY 5 2018

Biology Senior and Alumni Banquet

4:45 p.m. Alumni Lounge

Alumni can hear updates on the department as well as what current students are researching

Study the Intricacy of God’s Creation

The environmental studies program at Bethel gives students the space and tools to investigate the wonder and intricacies of life. Our campus provides multiple ways to study environments and their inhabitants, and study-abroad opportunities mean you can see the world and gain appreciation for the global environment, too. Through hands-on investigative work in the classroom, field, and lab, along with philosophical and social study, you’ll be prepared to integrate your Christian faith with scientific discovery, to make a difference in and through the world. Be prepared for careers in green business, organic agriculture, urban and regional planning, and the expanding areas of conservation and environmental protection, among many others.

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Program Highlights

Interdisciplinary studies and faith

A thoughtful integration of science and non-science courses will help you understand the complexities of the relationship of people and creation. Throughout your coursework, you’ll cultivate a deeper understanding of God’s being, nature, and character through the thoughtful study of His creation.

Study on location

Study in the rainforests and mountains of mainland Ecuador and reefs of the Galapagos Islands. You can also choose off-campus study programs like the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies with locations in Michigan, Washington state, India, and Costa Rica.

Collaborative research

You’ll pair with a professor to plan and conduct research in an area that meets your interests. Each project leads to a formal paper and presentation. Exceptional studies are sometimes presented at venues outside of Bethel and may even be published.

Outstanding faculty mentoring

Bethel professors work directly with students in classes and labs. Meeting face-to-face with students in these contexts provides for significant student/faculty interaction. Their expertise and work across diverse subdisciplines offer interdisciplinary preparation for students. 

Internship experiences

Both program majors require hands-on experience with organizations involved in environmental stewardship. Students have interned at the Minnesota Zoo, McNeely Conservatory, International Wolf Center, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Sierra Club.

Student clubs

The student-led Creation Restoration club engages and inspires the Bethel community in environmentally-focused issues on and off campus.

What can I do with an environmental science or studies degree?

Our students prepare for professional careers in a variety of environment-related contexts and graduate programs ranging from ecology to biological sciences.

Careers

Our graduates pursue careers in the following fields:

  • Environmental monitoring
  • Restoration ecology
  • Management of natural resources
  • Urban and regional planner
  • Environmental advocacy
  • Wildlife biology
  • Environmental education
  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Zookeeping
  • Environmental law
  • Environmental journalism
  • Green business
  • Organic agriculture
  • Environmental economics

Graduate Fields

Our alumni study:

  • Ecology
  • Physical chemistry
  • Biology
  • Animal physiology
  • Water resources
  • Public health
  • History of science
  • Plant pathology and physiology
  • Fisheries biology

Graduate Schools

Our alumni attend:

  • University of North Carolina
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University, Chicago
  • Penn State University
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Minnesota
  • Harvard
  • Yale
  • Loyola
  • University of Chicago
  • Mayo Medical School
  • Howard University
  • University of Colorado-Denver
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth

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