B.S. in Environmental Science

At Abilene Christian University we believe that a Christian worldview requires stewardship of God's creation.  We believe that environmental issues are not simply technical problems, but that they also have political, sociological, and even spiritual aspects that must be addressed.  We know that students are drawn to environmental science for a wide variety of reasons.  Some enjoy the adventure of the outdoors, others feel a strong obligation to become advocates for nature, and many view environmental science as the key that opens the door to boundless opportunities in consulting careers.  Whatever your interest may be, the B.S. in Environmental Science at ACU offers flexibility to fit your specific calling to Christian stewardship and responsibility in environmental science. 

The B.S. in Environmental Science includes your choice of the following concentrations:

Field Technology - This option comprises a classical environmental science program, emphasizing the basic sciences and including a large applied science component, as well as instruction in natural resources and environmental policy. It is geared for students pursuing careers in the environmental consulting industry, particularly in the areas of site assessment and pollution abatement and/or remediation. These careers generally require the highest levels of technical expertise and are some of the best-compensated in the environmental science industry.

Wildlife and Natural Resource Management - This concentration is geared for students pursuing a serious science career working in the outdoors. It addresses the most critical natural resource concerns in the western United States: water, soil, energy, and wildlife. Possible career paths include wildlife biologist; soil, water or rangeland conservationist; water and waste-water treatment careers; and careers in emerging energy technologies (biofuels, wind, and solar).

Outdoor Studies - This concentration provides specific training for students interested in outdoor/environmental education or the ecotourism industry. This option focuses on outdoor skills and nature interpretation, and includes courses on leadership and adventure programming.

Politics and Public Policy - One of the great struggles in environmental policy formation is that lawmakers often lack the technical expertise necessary to create effective legislation. Additionally, industrial production facilities, power plants, and water treatment plants need compliance officers who must be technically competent and who also must understand and be able to navigate both environmental and administrative law. Graduates with the concentration in Politics and Public Policy will find a host of career opportunities as political lobbyists, as compliance officers and/or project managers in industry, or in environmental law.


Dr. Jim Cooke, Professor of Environmental Science


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