Environmental Science Major (BS)

The DBU Environmental Science program, leading to a Bachelor of Science degree, includes a range of courses, which prepare graduates for a career in environmentally-related problem-solving vocations. This is a science degree providing a systematic study of God's created environment. It includes courses in math, chemistry, physics, biology, air, soils, and water pollution to provide an overall understanding of the many factors which lead to environmental issues and their solutions. Since most environmental issues deal with human activities, the study of economics, Christian ethics, law, and social sciences will be covered in conjunction with the required science topics.

Designed to Meet Your Needs

Course Convenience

DBU offers classes in a variety of formats, including:

  • Classroom
  • Hybrid (Classroom and Online)*
  • Online*

*Selected courses are available in the formats listed. View the current Schedule of Classes for specific courses.

Classes Start

Generally, classes begin four times a year:

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

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Credit Hour Overview

As required for all Bachelor’s degrees, students must complete the following:

  • General Studies Courses (i.e., English, History, Mathematics)
  • Designated Courses in the Chosen Major
  • Electives*
    • Lower-Level Electives (1000-2000 level courses)
    • Upper-Level Electives (3000-4000 level courses)
  • 42 Hours of Upper-Level Courses must be completed as part of all bachelor’s degrees
  • Minimum Total Credit Hours Required: 120 Credit Hours**

*Courses chosen by the student that will count toward a bachelor's degree, but may not be directly related to the degree program being pursued.
**Check individual degree requirements for specific total credit hours.

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Travel Opportunities

In addition to mission trips, DBU periodically offers students travel opportunities to earn course credit.

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About DBU's Environmental Science Program

Mission Statement

The Department of Environmental Science will provide an academically enriched environment in order to partner with the students in their intellectual and spiritual development to acquire a sense of personal responsibility for their success in academics and in Christian stewardship of sustainable environmental systems throughout God's creation. The Department will identify ongoing emerging Environmental Science knowledge, principles, and applications to prepare scientific scholars grounded in spiritual principles and who are thus able to excel and serve in their chosen field.

Goals of the Environmental Science Major

The DBU Environmental Science degree includes a range of courses, which prepare graduates for a career in environmentally related problem-solving fields.

  • To meet the needs of students who are preparing for vocations in Environmental Science field.
  • To provide an adequate foundation for students intending to do graduate work in Environmental Science and related academic fields.
  • To enable students to make wise and ethical moral decisions in a Christian context concerning issues that affect humans and their environment.