Environmental Science

Prepare for a Career Dedicated to Scientific Solutions

The Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Environmental Science is for those students who desire to develop the necessary skills to create meaningful changes for our Earth. Stewardship of our planet is a priority set by God. With a degree in environmental science from Olivet, students are ready to dedicate their lives to solving some of the most serious problems our world faces. They have the knowledge, passion and skills needed to be leaders in addressing issues related to natural resources, climate, biodiversity and sustainable development. In addition to completing research and internships, many environmental science students are actively involved in field study trips throughout the country and around the world that expose them to different perspectives and help put their knowledge to work.

Environmental Science Grads

  • advise others on how to clean the environment
  • help make laws about protecting the environment
  • help companies comply with environmental laws
  • write concise and persuasive reports
  • help find funding for environmental projects
  • protect natural resources
  • preserve water
  • give advice on land-use and building projects
  • study and design sites for waste disposal
  • control pollution
  • repair damaged natural areas


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Careers in Environmental Science

Air quality planner
Conservation planning specialist
Director of environmental organization
Environmental compliance information specialist
Environmental consultant
Environmental data analyst
Environmental educator
Environmental engineer
Environmental planner
Environmental project coordinator
Environmental protection specialist
Environmental scientist
Environmental specialist
Environmental technician
Field environmental specialist
Grants specialist
Green entrepreneur
Habitat coordinator
Land preservation specialist
Outdoor education naturalist
Outdoor/environmental instructor
Project consultant
Stewardship coordinator
Superintendent of natural resource operations

Learning Outside the Classroom

Field experiences are a hallmark of Olivet degree programs. Recent student/faculty excursions include: 

  • Arctic Field Biology course and research to the Arctic Circle, Alaska
  • Tropical Field Biology course and research to the cloud forests of Costa Rica
  • Habitat study of 14,000 sandhill cranes at Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife area, Indiana
  • Summer research with faculty studying prairies, black oak savannas, tropical cloud forests, and invasive fish in prairie streams. 
  • Small mammal studies for the Illinois DNR at Kankakee River State Park
  • Marine and Island Ecology course with the Shedd Aquarium to the Bahamas
  • Over a dozen summer courses at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in northern Michigan and Washington state including Land Resources, Lake Ecology and Management and Restoration Ecology
Studying Environmental Science at a Christian College

Rapid developments in science sometimes create theological questions, particularly as science relates to evolution. Read more about Olivet's Theistic Evolution Statement.

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Meet the Faculty

Dr. Derek Rosenberger

Dr. Derek Rosenberger seeks to instill in his students passion and skills that will make them leaders in the natural sciences. As an applied ecologist Dr. Rosenberger and his students have worked on the restoration of tallgrass prairie on Olivet's campus, the conservation of bumble bees in midwestern grasslands, invasive and native bark beetles in forests and savannas and the roll that climate change may be playing on species distributions in the cloud forests of Central America. Dr. Rosenberger loves teaching in the field and leads students on Tropical and Arctic field studies trips to Costa Rican and Alaska, providing students the chance to conduct research in rainforests and arctic tundra.

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Environmental scientists take God's call to care for His world and restore broken relationships seriously. At Olivet, students have been involved in restoring long-lost tall grass prairie on campus, providing homes for now rare plants and animals and an exemplary outdoor lab space for research.

Biological Sciences with a Christian Purpose

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