Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    • General Education: 36
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • Major/Concentration: 71
  • Standard Completion Time

    4 years
  • Accreditation


Admissions Requirements

You will be required to take a Chemistry and/or Physics Placement exam.

The Science Department suggests an SAT Math score of at least 500 (or ACT equivalent) to pursue this major.

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field, focusing on solving problems in natural and man-made environments. Biola's environmental science program provides the platform to specialize in graduate programs involving marine and land plants and animals, environmental planning and education, management of state and federal lands, pollution control and waste management, sustainability and eco-business.

Why Choose Environmental Science at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s environmental science program offers several key advantages:

  • A majority of the professors have worked in the field and teach current information supported by recent experience.
  • Students gain hands-on experience and a chance to apply what they learn in the classroom to the real world.
  • Off-campus field studies opportunities are available through a variety of summer or semester-long programs.
  • Biola's location in Southern California is close to a great variety of environments and habitats, from the ocean to the desert to the mountains.
  • Biola offers numerous opportunities for short-term missions trips with stewardship and creation care implications.
  • Small class sizes allow for great opportunities to interact and be mentored by faculty.

What Will I Study?

Biola's environmental science major is structured to develop your competence in problem-solving, critical thinking, writing and biblical integration of your faith with your academic discipline. As an environmental science student, you'll work with expert faculty and gain hands-on experience through off-campus mission and field studies trips. Course highlights and learning topics include:

  • Environmental studies including geology, biology and chemistry concepts
  • Principal ethical theories and problems related to biblical teaching
  • Population genetics and origins of theory
  • Experience with using the scanning electron microscope
  • Dissection and experimentation
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Building competency in scientific writing
  • Natural resource management
  • Environmental policy and ethics

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Career Paths

As Biola environmental science major, you can use your desire to care for the earth with your diverse talents to go on to a wide variety of environmental and conservation careers that are impacting the world for Jesus Christ after graduation, including:

  • Hydrologist
  • Geoscientist
  • Food scientist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • EPA inspector
  • Fisheries conservationist
  • Conservation scientist
  • Environmental health analyst

McKenzie Youngmark
Environmental Science, B.S. '19

Majoring in Environmental Science at Biola has opened my eyes to how extravagant our God is! I love being a part of a community that is passionate about loving God by loving His creation.”

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