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.

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. Core courses include environmental science, biology, chemistry, physics and biostatistics.

A major in environmental science includes preparation in the following applied sciences:

  • Geology
  • Botany
  • Ecology
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Organismal biology
  • Natural resource management
  • Environmental policy
  • Environmental ethics

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Career Paths

This program will prepare students for a number of careers, including:

  • Forest ranger
  • Air/water quality manager
  • Environmental analyst
  • Naturalist
  • EPA inspector
  • Fisheries conservationist
  • Outdoor education specialist
  • Environmental health specialist

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.

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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