Environmental Science, B.S.

Program Overview

Are you in love with nature and enjoy being outside as much as inside? Do you often rely on logic to solve complex problems or come up with original solutions? Could you see yourself helping businesses and organizations understand how decision-making processes impact the environment? If this sounds like you, then a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science could lead to a fulfilling and meaningful career.

PLNU's Biology Department prepares environmental science majors to address the very serious need in our world today for people trained to advocate for the healing and restoration of creation — both land and people. To prepare you for environmental science careers, we offer an inter-departmental program where you'll have the chance to take core science classes in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics alongside electives in political science, economics, philosophy, or sociology. This broad range of academic disciplines will empower you to understand the connections and interactions across these areas of study, and ultimately how each affects the environment.

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Mike Mooring, Ph.D.

Since 2009, PLNU’s Department of Biology has led a biennial Neotropical Ecology field course in Costa Rica that has garnered rave reviews by students. In 2010, Dr. Mike Mooring, professor of biology, began leading his summer research students to Costa Rica to conduct field research.

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This major also will require you to complete 8 units within an off-campus environmental program. The purpose behind having you study in an off-campus program is to encourage you to expand your learning beyond PLNU and allow you to take advantage of many specialized courses offered through study abroad programs or summer field courses. Other opportunities, like Chemistry or Biology undergraduate research allow you to study fascinating subjects in compelling settings and apply your passions in unique and deeper contexts.

PLNU also has a robust pre-health program to train and equip you for professions in medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. Since 2004, Over 90 percent of PLNU students who have applied for health professions schools have been admitted. By offering rigorous courses alongside individualized support and guidance in the form of internships, pre-health advisors, seminars, and more, you can be confident and prepared moving onto graduate and medical schools. 


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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

Industries are beginning to recognize their responsibility in helping create and maintain a sustainable environment. Because of this, there are many organizations interested in hiring people with environmental science skills, knowledge, and competencies. PLNU environmental scientists' ability to help others deal with conflict and change makes them desirable employees for organizations needing advice and assistance in following environmental laws and preventing environmental problems as business decisions are made.

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Caleb Bryce, Ph.D.

In graduate school, Caleb M. Bryce, Ph.D. trained dogs how to run on a treadmill. It was cute he says, but it was to study the effects of domestication and intensive artificial selection on the running performance of various breeds in comparison to their shared wild cousin, the wolf.

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A degree in environmental science can lead to careers in the following areas:

  • Botany
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Analysis
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Education
  • Environmental Planning
  • Resource Management
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Ecological Research
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