Earth and Environmental Science (EES) Department
Taylor was one of the first Christian universities to offer a degree in Environmental Science (1982) and our program has continued to lead the way. In 1992, we built our award-winning facility, the Randall Environmental Center, next to our 145-acre natural “laboratory” which is dedicated to numerous field-based environmental science courses, labs and research projects. Beyond the obvious advantages of the Taylor EES facilities, we offer a whole-person commitment to our students. Our Christian faculty, well-recognized in their diverse fields of study, are also dedicated to a purposeful integration of faith and science in and out of class, and they desire to see you grow in mind and spirit as well.
Question: What type of student would be ideal for Taylor’s EES program?
If you are a person who loves to enjoy God’s creation, has concern for both people and the environment, likes field study, scientific investigation, analysis and finding solutions to problems in the environment; then this program is for you!
Question: What opportunities are offered outside the classroom?
Nearly all of our courses regularly make use of the adjacent arboretum for outside lab work. Some courses require a day-long field trip to sites away from campus.
All students participate in our summer course in Field Natural History of the Black Hills, located in South Dakota. This hands-on field course includes elements of geology, botany, zoology and ecology, and concludes with a week-long camping trip to Yellowstone and Tetons National Parks.
Our students have the opportunity to learn and serve abroad. Our Water Resources and Appropriate Technologies course is offered in Guatemala with a focus on water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH) in a context of international community development.
Question: Will I gain “real world” experience as a part of the EES program?
We require our students to complete a summer practicum with an environmental organization, company or agency. This often serves as their first exposure to a guided “professional setting” in environmental science.
Faculty-student collaborative research opportunities are available in the summers and can often lead to publication and presentations at scientific meetings such as The Indiana Academy of Science. Recent research includes externally-funded programs in wetlands assessment, water resources, watershed planning, prairie restoration and plant systematics.
Question: What opportunities are there to serve in the community through the EES program?
Because we believe that learning is connected to service, many courses include “service-learning” projects that meet a community need while enhancing student learning. For example, students have developed the Wellhead Protection Plan for the town of Upland, conducted a waste collection survey for the Town of Matthews, created a GreenMap™ for Grant County, conducted environmental assessments for a local church, and led numerous stream monitoring field days for local students.