Environmental Science Major/Minor

Studying the Earth and Sustainability

If you’re passionate about preserving nature and discovering more about Creation, dive into Taylor University’s Environmental Science program. Students who major in Environmental Science integrate biology, chemistry, geology, geography, and mathematics with environmental laws, policies, economics, and ethics for an interdisciplinary understanding of the Earth and sustainability.

Our award-winning Randall Center provides a space solely dedicated to Earth & Environmental Science (EES) students and their hands-on experiences. Practical experiences come from experimental courses, such as a Water Resources and Appropriate Technology class where students design and implement technologies to better resource and conserve water in Guatemala, and field studies courses in locations such as the Rocky Mountains and the Black Hills of South Dakota.

But our students don’t have to travel far to participate in field studies; Environmental Science majors utilize Taylor’s 145-acre arboretum—a site for environmental study just outside of Randall.

Branches of Environmental Science

Core Environmental Science major courses will provide you with a strong foundation in the systems and principles of general environmental issues and technical skills. After gathering expansive expertise in the fields on biology, chemistry, and geology, each Environmental Science major chooses to concentrate further on geology or biology and dive deeper into specified environmental issues and processes:

  • Geology: For students interested in investigating the earth’s physical structure and substance, the geology track might be a good fit. You will inspect the processes that act upon the earth and how to best preserve natural resources through courses on soil science, earth materials, geomorphology, hydrology, water resources, and sustainability planning.
  • Biology: Students who desire to focus on living organisms and their relationship to the earth can do so with the biology track. You will learn to classify plant species, execute bacterial culture techniques, and develop sustainable food systems in optional courses such as taxonomy, anatomy, ecology, immunology, food systems, and agricultural development.

Environmental Science Minor

Environmental science can be a beneficial supplement to another passion, making your degree eco-friendlier. The Environmental Science minor is designed for other science majors who wish to broaden their understanding of environmental concerns.

Environmental Science Curriculum & Degree Options

Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.

Interested in Chemistry too?
Do you love both the environment and chemistry? Consider Taylor’s Chemistry & Environmental Science major.

Contact the Environmental Science, Public Health & Sustainable Development Program

Dr. Michael Guebert, Department Chair and Professor of Environmental Science, Public Health & Sustainable Development