The science of God's creation

God created the complex world that we live in and tasked humans with caring for it (Gen. 1:26). The study of the earth and its creatures, organisms, and ecosystems helps us better understand what God has entrusted to us. This program prepares students for meaningful lives of service in study of and care for the world.

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  • Environmental scientist
  • Ecologist
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Program Overview

Science aims to understand the incredible intricacies of God's creation. It all starts with a question, which leads to research, forming a hypothesis, testing the hypothesis, and analyzing and communicating the results, which often leads to new questions. This scientific inquiry is what leads to theories and laws that observe and describe the world around us.

In this program, you'll study everything that exists in the earth's environment, from the plants and animals to ecosystems and climate patterns, and how they all correlate. Two concentrations are available; ecology and environmental chemistry. Both tracks take a deep dive into a wide variety of scientific disciplines, with each specialization putting an extra emphasis on ecology or environmental chemistry respectively.

What to Expect

The environmental science major explores the physical, chemical, and biological properties and processes of our world. The program seeks to help students grow in the following six areas:

  • Knowledge base: demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to explain major biological and related scientific concepts.
  • Laboratory procedures: demonstrate the ability to appropriately collect and analyze data while utilizing laboratory equipment and procedures safely and effectively
  • Scientific inquiry: develop investigative and critical thinking skills to explore complex questions and solve challenging scientific problems
  • Scientific communication: demonstrate the ability to communicate scientific information effectively to both scientists and non-scientists using oral and written forms of expression
  • Vocation and ethics: recognize how vocations in science provide opportunities for service to Christ and others and necessitate ethical behavior in all aspects of science
  • God’s design and stewardship: demonstrate an understanding of how/why a Christian sees evidence of God’s design in nature and how to be good stewards of His creation

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