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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

The Evironmental Science major aims at developing graduates who, through scientific study and the use ofapplying advancing technologies, will actively engage in environmental stewardship to build a sustainable future for the earth and its people. The major provides broad and comprehensive education in the areas of biology, ecology, natural resource management, sustainable development, and the social sciences. This area of study focuses on the relationship between humans and the natural world, focusing intently where human interactions, both small and large, impact biological and physical environments, and seeking creative remedies for environmental problems. The curriculum involves field study, academic research, and career preparation, all presented with the biblical understanding that the Christian is called to be a steward of the earth.

Admission requirements

The following information is specific to the traditional undergraduate programs of the University. Admissions to the College of Adult and Professional Studies, Oregon extension, Online Programs, or Graduate Programs are detailed in their respective section of this catalog or student handbooks.

International Students

International applicants must complete the same admissions process as other freshman or transfer students.

English Testing Requirement

Citizens of approved countries with English as an official language and/or the language of academic instruction are exempt from the TOEFL and IELTS. A current list of approved countries is maintained by the Center for English Language Education.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Core Curriculum Requirements

Bible and Theology

  • The Christian Scriptures
  • Work of God, Work of Humanity
  • How to read the Bible
  • Foundations of Christian Faith

Written and Verbal Communications

  • Composition I: Expository Writing
  • Composition II: Rhetoric and Research Writing
  • Fundamentals of Speech Communication


  • Any literature course 3 credits
  • Any history course 3 credits
  • 3 credits from: Art, Bible, Drama, English, History, Language, Music or Theology

Social Sciences

  • Minimum 2 courses from the following:
    • Business Administration, Communication, Economics, Education, Geography, Health & Fitness, Information Technology, Management, Marketing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, or User Experience Design

Science and Mathematics

  • College-level Mathematics
  • Science course with Lab

Formation and Calling

  • Life Calling
  • Gospel and Culture

Professional Readiness

Two Core Curriculum elective credits are required to be Career Readiness credits. These credits can be earned by taking a combination of Career Readiness Courses and introductory internship and/or job shadowing experiences. 

  • This two-credit requirement is waived for students who transfer 60 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 47-59 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives

Select any college-level courses

Environmental Science Major Requirements:

PHASE I Foundations:

  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Survey of Chemistry I
  • Survey of Chemistry I Laboratory
  • Survey of Chemistry II
  • Survey of Chemistry II Laboratory
  • General Biology: Ecology/Diversity
  • General Biology: Ecology/Diversity Laboratory
  • Environmental Science Laboratory
  • Environmental Science

PHASE II Environmental Science Core:

Required Courses:

  • Social Problems
  • Microbiology
  • Microbiology Laboratory
  • Community Development and Environmental Sustainability
  • Community Development and Environmental Sustainability Laboratory
  • Ecology
  • Ecology Laboratory
  • Science Capstone I
  • Science Capstone II

Cultural and Moral Integration:

  • Scientific Cross-Cultural Experience
  • Bioethics

Professional Experience:

  • Research Topics
  • Science Internship and Certification
  • Science Internship and Certification

PHASE III Major Tracks:

Natural Science Track:

  • Survey of Economics
  • Introduction to Public Relations
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Physics I
  • Physics I Laboratory
  • Geology
  • Geology Laboratory
  • General Biology: Cell/Molecular
  • General Biology: Cell/Molecular Laboratory
  • Zoology
  • Zoology Laboratory
  • Northwest Ecology w/ Laboratory (summer only)
  • Undergraduate Science Teaching Assistant
  • Undergraduate Science Lab Assistant
  • Research Topics

Environmental Education Track:

  • Schools and Society
  • Instructional Design
  • Learning Theory
  • Introduction to English Language Learning
  • Creative Communication Skills
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Introduction to Special Education
  • Survey of Economics
  • Business and Professional Writing
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Introduction to Human Communications
  • Introduction to Public Relations
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Survey of Sociology
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Undergraduate Science Teaching Assistant
  • Undergraduate Science Lab Assistant
  • Research Topics

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


Total Tuition fee : $33,500


Credits: 125 semester

Academic Award: Bachelor of Arts

Graduates with a degree in Environmental Science will be able to:

  1. Conduct an empirical research project using the scientific method in the Environmental Sciences.
  2. Create a scientific proposal for research in Environmental Science.
  3. Apply scientific tools to solve problems.
  4. Articulate their bioethical world views in relation to their Christian faith.
  5. Evaluate scientific practices across cultures.

Career paths

A degree from NU can help you launch your career immediately after graduation. Some of the positions that a degree in environmental science can open up for you include:

  • Researcher
  • Lab Worker
  • Teacher
  • Park Ranger
  • Graduate Studies

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Northwest University

Northwest University was founded on October 1, 1934. We are a Christian co-educational institution accredited at the highest institutional level nationally and regionally. We awards associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in over 70 programs. Northwest University is a Christian...

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  • Over 70 programs: NU gives students of all callings the opportunity to discover and cultivate their gifts, offering over 70 majors and programs to choose from.
  • Small Class Size: At NU, the student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1, allowing for the kind of personalized education you may not find elsewhere.
  • Location: NU’s campus is located nearby the corporate headquarters of companies like Microsoft, Expedia, Amazon, and Costco, as well as many innovative tech startup. This close proximity contributes to a robust job economy for NU graduates, as well as rich internship opportunities.
  • Internships: Internships are the best way for students to gain real-world experience. That’s why over 70% of students hold internships at NU. Often, this leads to full-time job offers from some of the best companies in the area.

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5520 108th Ave NE
98003 Kirkland Washington
United States of America

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