Environmental Studies

Learn to tend to God’s creation

The Environmental Studies program is designed to prepare students for careers or graduate studies in environmental fields or to apply concepts of sustainability in other career fields. The program is interdisciplinary, giving students a broad background in ethics, economics, and politics in addition to conservation and sustainability. Students also choose a concentration in the form of a second major, allowing students within the program to couple environmental studies with another passion, such as biology, chemistry, business administration, political science, creative writing, missions and cross-cultural ministries, or any other major that Malone has to offer!

Why study Environmental Studies at Malone?

  • At Malone, you will have the opportunity to pursue environmental studies integrated within a Christian worldview as we seek Christ’s Kingdom First. Creation care is a natural outgrowth of Christian faith and practice, as we serve God and love others by stewarding the world that He has made and that we share with our global neighbors. You will have the opportunity to study under professors who are deeply committed to the integration of the Christian faith in the classroom.
  • Small class sizes mean that faculty see students as people, not numbers, which makes a world of difference when seeking letters of recommendation for job applications! Intentional advising keeps students from getting lost in curricular requirements, while also giving them the opportunity to receive personalized career guidance.
  • Malone’s partnership with Au Sable Institute for Environmental Studies gives students exceptional opportunities to take field courses in Michigan, Washington, Costa Rica, and India.
  • Our senior seminar brings together students who have pursued diverse second majors to discuss common environmental problems. This interdisciplinary approach to problem solving prepares students well for real-world scenarios, in which they will need to work with others with different strengths to solve complex issues. 

What can I do with this major?

Because the major requires students to choose a concentration in the form of a second major, graduates can get any job matching their second major, while also opening up more specialized jobs requiring an environmental background. Depending on their concentration, students could pursue careers in:

  • Environmental biology
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Green economics
  • Environmental history
  • Environmental missions
  • Sustainable politics
  • Nature film-making
  • Nature writing
  • Landscape painting
  • Working for an environmental organization
  • Public relations
  • Web design
  • Marketing

Research and internship opportunities

Environmental studies majors are required to complete an independent research project or internship. The form of this research/internship will depend upon a student’s chosen concentration, allowing students tremendous flexibility and the opportunity to gain experience in their chosen field prior to graduation.

View course curriculum

The Environmental Studies major course listing with descriptions is located in the official Academic Catalog

Once in the catalog, you can use the buttons (pictured left) located at the upper right of the page to plan your courses, save courses to your own personalized catalog, print, and more! 

Environmental Studies Minor

A minor in environmental studies requires 18-20 semester hours. See the courses and course descriptions.

Environmental Science Minor

Malone also offers an environmental science minor. See the courses and course descriptions.