One of three majors in Grace College's Environmental Science Program with a focus on preparing you for further education in graduate school, law school, or professional programs. Environmental Biology is for students who desire an academic platform for careers in cutting-edge research, teaching, or other advanced professional fields. Foundational math and science courses are required for this major.
This major will equip you with practical knowledge and applicable skills to pursue a successful career in an ever-increasing number of environmental fields. Through our involvement with the Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College and the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, you will have even more unique opportunities for research and community internships.
Examples of courses in this major:
An overview of physical, chemical, and biological components and their interactions in streams, wetlands, and lakes. Particular focus will be on outdoor field work to learn hands-on skills in this area of study.
Integrated study of plants as organisms. Deals with plant structure, physiology, development, genetics, ecology, and classification of major plant groups.
A study of the interaction of organisms with their physical environment and with each other. Particular focus will be on application of ecological concepts and field work in various local ecosystems.
Integrated study of animals as organisms. Deals with animal structure, physiology, development, genetics, ecology, and classification of major animal groups.
An exploratory study of secular and Christian views of the natural world and humanity's place in it. Special attention on practical application of a Biblical stewardship ethic.
The individuals who will challenge you to learn:
B.A. in Biology and Chemistry, Trinity Christian College Ph.D. in Resource Ecology and Management-Aquatics, University of Michigan
Dr. Nathan Bosch joined the Grace College faculty in 2008. He is passionate about teaching and mentoring all ages of students to value and care for our valuable water resources. To better understand how to take care of aquatic ecosystems, he has studied lakes and rivers in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. At Grace College, he fulfills the role of Associate Professor in Environmental Science as well as the Director of the Center for Lakes & Streams, a research center at Grace College. Before moving to Winona Lake and joining Grace College, Dr. Bosch earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan while also working as a researcher at the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is married and has four children. When he is not on a lake or in a stream, he can be found playing at home with his kids.
B.A. in Mathematics, Houghton College; M.S. in Mathematics, South Dakota State University; Ph.D. in Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Dr. Farwell joined the Grace faculty as an assistant professor of mathematics. He previously taught at Siena College for five years. He enjoys ping pong, golf, strategy board games, Lego Robotics, and StarCraft 2. Kris participated in Tae Kwon Do for seven years and is known for dressing up like a Ninja to teach math. Dr. Farwell and his wife, Megan, live in Winona Lake.
B.A. in pre-med, West Virginia University; M.S. in bio-chemistry, West Virginia University; Ph.D. in bio-chemistry, West Virginia University Dr. Jeffrey's also has post-doctoral experience in cancer research at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.
Dr. Jeffreys joined the Grace College faculty in 1975. The former chair of the Grace College Biological Science Department, he designed the pre-professional program, which flourishes today, and taught full-time for 35 years before assuming adjunct status. He and his wife, Kathy, have two grown children, both graduates of Grace College. Dr. Jeffreys and his wife are active in the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, where she teaches first grade Sunday School and he participates in choir.
B.S. in Microbiology, Colorado State University; M.S. in Microbiology, University of California, San Diego; Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, University of California, San Diego Post-Doctorate, Molecular Biology, Stanford University
Following his Ph.D., Dr. Richard Roberts spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University studying bacterial development. From 1996 to 2010, Dr. Roberts changed career directions to serve as a Children's Pastor at churches in Sunnyvale, CA, and Kenosha, WI. He was excited to join the Grace faculty in 2010 and change his ministry focus from children to college students. He and his wife, Lori, have three children.
Some of the positions you can obtain:
What others are saying:
Grace College’s Environmental Science Program has given me the opportunity to study the aspects of science that I love the most. Classes with weekly labs in the field have cemented knowledge and practical skills into my experience that I will appreciate no matter what direction my future takes. It is also exciting to be part of something new. Each person matters, and our visions are helping to shape what this program will become. As a transfer student bringing in a variety of credits, Dr. Bosch worked closely with me and was flexible in an effort to help me accomplish the goals of the program as well as my own personal goals. This flexibility is so valuable because it allows students to pursue their individual areas of interest in a hands-on way within the broader framework of general study.
—Margaret Gullman, B.S., Environmental Biology, graduated 2011
The Environmental Science Program at Grace is very interactive. The labs are hands-on and the professors are more than willing to work with students personally. I have never felt so comfortable in a classroom. I've gained valuable experience in collecting data and learning to use scientific instruments. Because of the applied learning opportunities, I'm confident that I'll be successful upon graduation.
—Nathan Burton, B.S., Environmental Science, graduated 2012
Being a part of the Environmental Science Program here at Grace has been a strong influential experience for me. The classes are very hands-on, giving you real life application of what scientists really do as a career. I enjoy feeling like I'm getting what I want out of the labs and building great relationships with all the professors. Beyond that, I get to be an assistant to Dr. Bosch, seeing what goes on in the background and all the steps that must take place before the real science can even begin. I often tell others that I must be building the most unique resume since all the experiences I have had vary greatly. I get to do everything from sampling lakes and streams, maintaining aquarium fish populations, working in the community, preparing special activities for outreach events, and helping with program communications. I have really come to understand how much time and effort gets put into furthering scientific knowledge an how important it is to do so.
—Amanda Stout, B.S., Environmental Science, graduated 2013