Environmental studies is about more than human impact on earth. It's about becoming better stewards 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
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Studying the Breadth of God’s Creation
The environmental studies program at Bethel gives students the space and tools to investigate the wonder and intricacies of life. You’ll prepare for careers in the expanding areas of conservation and environmental protection. Our campus provides multiple ways to study environments and its inhabitants; several 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, students are prepared to be Christians immersed in scientific discovery, ready to make a difference in and through the world.
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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 character, nature, and being through the thoughtful study of His creation.
We do science
At Bethel, we’re not content to just learn about science from a textbook. We also do science in fully equipped facilities, including a biotechnology lab, greenhouse, and 260 acres of outdoor laboratories.
Study on location
Study in the rainforests and mountains of mainland Ecuador and reefs of the Galapagos Islands, or in Belize or New Zealand as part of the Creation Care Study Program. You can also choose off-campus study programs like the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies with locations in Michigan, Florida, Washington state, and India.
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
Unlike large universities where professors teach only large lectures, Bethel professors work 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.
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, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
The student-led Creation Restoration club engages and inspires the Bethel community in environmentally-focused issues on- and off- campus.
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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.
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
- Environmental law
- Environmental journalism
- Green business
- Organic agriculture
- Environmental economics
Our alumni study:
- Physical chemistry
- Animal physiology
- Water resources
- Public health
- History of science
Our alumni attend:
- University of North Carolina
- Eastern Illinois University
- Northwestern University, Chicago
- Penn State University
- Michigan State University
- University of Minnesota
- University of Chicago
- Mayo Medical School
- Howard University