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Pick up the NEW Environmental Science major at Calvin University

By Natalie Vredevoogd

This year there are 2 NEW TRACKS in Environmental Sciences! the Natural Resources track and the Naturalist track.

Natural Resources Track:

The natural resources track is designed for students who want to work outside as environmental consultants or resource managers. It is designed to provide skills that will help students get entry-level outdoor jobs, including entry-level jobs in the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Army Corps of Engineers as a science field technician or in environmental consulting. It also prepares students for graduate study in interdisciplinary environmental science or management programs.

Naturalist Track:

The naturalist track is designed for students who want to work outside, interpreting the natural world for a lay audience, so courses in the track were selected with the work of environmental interpretation, education, and management in mind. The track is designed to provide skills that will help students get entry-level outdoor jobs, including entry-level jobs in the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service either as an interpretive ranger or a biological field technician. It also prepares students for graduate study in interdisciplinary environmental science or management programs.

Here are the requirements for these tracks:

Program Requirements – Env. Science Natural Resources Track

GEO 151 – Introduction to Geology

OR

GEO 153 – Big Sky Geology: Montana Field Experience

CHEM 104 – General Chemistry II

  • OR

CHEM 105 – Chemical Principles

Two from

Elective courses must include enough credits to meet the minimum of 58 credit hours in math and science to earn a BS. (Students interested in professional work in hydrology are strongly encouraged to take summer Hydrogeology Field Courses available elsewhere and transfer the credit to Calvin as an elective.

Cognate

Students must take one mathematics or statistics course as a cognate. Additional mathematics or statistics courses may be taken as electives in the major.

Total Semester Hours: 62-64

More here: https://calvin.edu/academics/departments-programs/geo/academics/environmental-science-major-natural-resources-track


Program Requirements – Env. Science Naturalist Track

GEO 151 – Introduction to Geology

OR

GEO 153 – Big Sky Geology: Montana Field Experience

CHEM 104 – General Chemistry II

  • OR

CHEM 105 – Chemical Principles

Two From

Elective courses must include enough credits to meet the minimum of 58 credit hours in math and science to earn a BS. (Students who want to incorporate professional naturalist training into their program are encouraged to work at the Calvin College Ecosystem Preserve and to do the Au Sable Institute’s Environmental Leadership Intensive.)

  • field courses at the Au Sable Institute
  • an approved interim course

Cognate

Students must take one mathematics or statistics course as a cognate. Additional mathematics or statistics courses may be taken as electives in the major.

Total Semester Hours: 62-64

More here: https://calvin.edu/academics/departments-programs/geo/academics/environmental-science-major-naturalist-track

 

Join the awesomeness of Environmental Science at Calvin University. Advising is coming up soon, so chat with a GEO faculty today in North Hall. Just shoot one of the faculty an email to set up an appointment.


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