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Dive into the study of the Earth, sustainability and preservation of nature.

Environmental Science

Major/Minor

Studying the Earth and Sustainability

If you are passionate about exploring God's world and discovering how to care for His Creation, dig into Taylor University’s Environmental Science program. Students who major in Environmental Science integrate biology, chemistry, geology, and geology with environmental laws, policies, economics, and ethics for an interdisciplinary understanding of the Earth and sustainability.

Our award-winning Randall Center provides a space dedicated to students’ hands-on learning, including our field-based courses in Taylor’s 145-acre arboretum—a site for environmental study just outside of Randall Center. Students learn investigative techniques to better conserve and restore the environment. Student also participate in our specialized field course in the Black Hills of South Dakota, which includes a week-long field trip in the Rocky Mountains, as well as international opportunities in Ecuador and Africa.

Environmental Science Concentrations

Core Environmental Science major courses will provide you with a strong foundation in the systems and principles of general environmental issues and technical skills. Each Environmental Science major can choose to concentrate further on geology or biology and explore specific environmental issues and processes:

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Biology Concentration

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, assess integrity of ecological systems, in courses such as taxonomy, anatomy, systems ecology, vertebrate natural history. Learn to develop sustainable food systems with courses in sustainable agriculture and food systems.

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Geology Concentration

For students interested in investigating the earth’s physical structure and substance, the geology track is 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 resource planning.

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Minor in Environmental Science

Environmental science can also be a beneficial supplement to another primary major, making your degree eco-friendlier. The Environmental Science minor is designed for any other student who wishes 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.

Foundational Core

The Foundational Core classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. You’ll become a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.

View Foundational Core Curriculum.

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