||Arts and Sciences
||Bachelor of Science
||122 semester credits
The Environmental Science major aims at developing graduates who, through scientific study and the use of applying advancing technologies, will actively engage in environmental stewardship to build a sustainable future for the earth and its people. The major provides broad and comprehensive education in the areas of biology, ecology, natural resource management, sustainable development, and the social sciences. This area of study focuses on the relationship between humans and the natural world, focusing intently where human interactions, both small and large, impact biological and physical environments, and seeking creative remedies for environmental problems. The curriculum involves field study, academic research, and career preparation, all presented with the biblical understanding that the Christian is called to be a steward of the earth.
Purpose and Philosophy
Stewardship, knowledge and servant-hood are essential to the Northwest University Environmental Science major. We firmly believe the Earth and all its creatures embody the majesty of God’s ingenious powers. We believe that humanity, by God’s ordaining power, is placed here to serve as stewards. Stewardship includes living sustainably and caring for our neighbors at home and abroad. The scientific laws and principles that govern this natural world represent God’s continued and sustaining presence and therefore these laws can and should be discovered and understood by students and faculty. This knowledge enhances human understanding of the Creator and provides us with the tools to carry out our stewardship responsibilities. We strive to provide a unique approach to a major in Environmental Science through the integration of science and theology. The interplay between scientific experiment and theory is balanced with growth in understanding and human imagination. We emphasize the joining of faculty and students in studying the wonders of nature in order to develop an inquisitive mind combined with rigorous reasoning and hands-on field experiences. Stewardship and servant-hood displace materialism and human power as the primary goals of graduates committed to making our world environmentally sustainable.
The curriculum foundation provides a broad exposure to knowledge and experience in the ecological sciences. The elective component allows individual students and their advisors to target the specific applicational focus.
Graduates with a degree in Environmental Science will be able to:
- Effectively communicate scientific research.
- Demonstrate a strong knowledge base in the environmental sciences.
- Analyze primary scientific literature.
- Apply the scientific method to answer scientific questions.
- Demonstrate competency in basic scientific laboratory techniques.
- Articulate a Christian worldview that integrates faith and science.
The sequential nature of many of the required science courses mandates that students pay close attention to course numbering and course prerequisites, and to work closely with a science department advisor. Many requirements are foundational and often prerequisite or corequisite to other courses. Additionally, some of the courses are offered in alternating years. The student is strongly encouraged to confer with the science advisor in the choice of elective courses that can strengthen the educational experience.