Environmental Studies is one of three majors in Grace College's Environmental Science Program, and it focuses on preparing you for environmental careers that are less technical but just as exciting. Environmental Studies is for students who want to educate and influence people's actions in relation to the environment. This major includes behavioral science and political science in addition to environmental science, which are all critical to navigating environmental issues, and it also includes business instruction, which is important when managing a program or organization. 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 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.
This course includes several approaches to political philosophy. First, it provides a general overview of the dominant political ideologies from the ancient to the contemporary world. Second, it provides a general survey of some of the most influential political thinkers whose writings and theories have given rise to the modern political landscape. This portion will focus heavily on the development of western political thought but may include selections from Islamic civilization, southeast Asia or other non-western contexts. Third, this course will include an introduction to more recent thinkers, or even popular personalities, whose work is relevant to the intersection of faith and politics.
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.
Foundations of business provides an overview and understanding of the current issues and challenges facing today's businesses, both small and large. The design of the course is to enable the class participants to improve their understanding of the basic concepts of business. The class is a broad survey of fundamental business concepts such as management, marketing, human resources, accounting, and financial management and policy. General principles of business ethics and business law are also discussed. Students will reflect on all disciplines within the School of Business and be able to more readily decide a potential career path. This course introduces students to the business world, while it lays the foundation for their meaningful participation in more advanced classes.
A study of the social behavior of the individual and the group. Particular attention is given to the development and dynamics of social groups, social perception, motivation, attitudes and values.
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
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 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, 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 at home, playing with his kids.
B.A. in Psychology, Grace College; M.A. in Biblical Counseling, Grace College; M.Div., Grace Theological Seminary; Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, Ball State University
Thomas Edgington joined the Grace College faculty in 1992. He is a licensed psychologist and mental health counselor who has practiced in community health centers, church counseling centers and private practice. He is involved in ongoing research and has interests in marriage counseling and counseling depression and anxiety.
B.A. in Mathematics, Houghton College; M.S. in Mathematics, South Dakota State University; Ph.D. in Mathematics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Kristin Farwell joined the Grace College family in 2011. His passion is working with undergraduates on research topics and getting them prepared to give presentations at conferences. Kris and his wife, Megan, have one daughter, Eden, and attend Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church.
B.A. in History and English, Spring Arbor University; M.Sc. in British History, University of Edinburgh, U.K.; Ph.D. in British History, University of Edinburgh, U.K.
Mark Norris is the dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, professor of European and world history, and he advises pre-law and social studies education students. Norris is engaged in various writing projects dealing with Tudor England, the history of India, and religion in America during the early part of the 20th century. Additionally, he co-edited a volume on the history of Grace College and Seminary, entitled "Becoming Grace" (BMH 2015). Norris has taken students on study trips to Scotland, India, and to areas in the South that were instrumental in the Civil Rights movement. He also coaches the Grace Mediation team. Mark and his wife, Marla, have three children and live in Warsaw, Indiana.
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 doctoral studies, Richard Roberts spent four years as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, studying bacterial development. From 1996 to 2010, Roberts changed career directions to serve as a children's pastor at churches in Sunnyvale, California, and Kenosha, Wisconsin. 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:
The environmental studies major is an opportunity to reach out and become ingrained in God’s creation. Through my internship in this program, I learned a great deal of new information and how to apply this knowledge to my hopeful future career in environmental law. This program has prepared me for both law school and to be a future steward of creation.
- Logan Gilbert, B.S., Environmental Studies, 2016
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 and how important it is to do so.
- Amanda Stout, B.S., Environmental Science, 2013
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, 2012
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, 2011