Earth and Environmental Science

As an environmental science major at Taylor, you will take courses from a cross-section of the sciences including biology, chemistry and geology. Many of our courses include labs held outside the classroom, doing research in the field and service learning in the community. You will also have the opportunity to see beyond the natural sciences through courses on public policy, natural resource economics, and environmental ethics all from a perspective integrating faith and learning.


Environmental Science, BS
The environmental science degree requires 66-69 credit hours and integrates biology, chemistry, geology, geography and math with studies in policy, economics and ethics. All students complete a practicum of their choice and a summer field studies course.

Sustainable Development, BS
If you are science-minded and want to help people, consider the sustainable development major. An interdisciplinary major, sustainable development covers the three spheres of sustainability—environment, economy, and society—to develop a holistic understanding of key issues facing humanity and the environment. After building a solid foundation in environmental science, public health, sociology, and economics, students choose a concentration that allows them to focus on a particular area of sustainable development. Each concentration (economic development, public and environmental health, sustainable agriculture, and water resources sustainability) has its own international, field-based course that enables students to put what they've been learning into action. Graduates are well-prepared for careers in the private, governmental, non-profit, and mission sectors.

Chemistry/Environmental Science, BS
Our integrated chemistry and environmental science major has a strong emphasis on the physical aspects of environmental studies, combining all the major chemistry classes with several environmental science classes. Students in this major graduate well prepared for careers in environmental research or industrial or municipal environmental monitoring and control.


Students pursuing degrees outside of the Earth and Environmental Sciences program may increase their knowledge of environmental stewardship and sustainability by declaring a minor in Environmental Science. The minor requires 17-20 credit hours.

Environmental Science
Our environmental science minor is designed for students with other science majors who wish to broaden their knowledge base and increase their understanding of environmental concerns.