According to environmentalscience.org, there are several Christian colleges included in their 2018 list of top Environmental Science schools. These schools offer diverse spiritual growth opportunities and range in size and location. Find out more about some of the best Christian colleges for environmental science.
Students can study at some of the best environmental science Christian colleges in states like Oregon, Virginia and Pennsylvania. In the table below, you can compare the denomination, location and undergraduate tuition rate of a few of these schools.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)|
|Taylor University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Upland, IN||$32,885|
|Allegheny College||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Meadville, PA||$45,970|
|Willamette University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Methodist||Salem, OR||$48,158|
|University of Dubuque||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Dubuque, IA||$29,710|
|University of Lynchburg||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)||Lynchburg, VA||$37,690|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Best Christian Colleges for Environmental Science
A few Christian colleges are considered some of the best for environmental science based on the degree programs they offer, their proximity to outdoor areas and other factors. These schools also offer different ways for students to grow in their faith and differ in size. Here we discuss some of these characteristics for the best Christian colleges for environmental science.
Taylor University in Indiana had 2,110 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The university offers a bachelor's degree program in environmental science that allows students to utilize the school's 145-acre arboretum and gives access to the award-winning Randall Center for hands-on experiences. Students in the program are also able to participate in field studies in various locations, such as the Rocky Mountains. Spiritual life on campus includes chapel services, service projects, mission trips, Small Groups, Men's and Women's Programming and Discipleship Assistants (DAs).
Pennsylvania's Allegheny College offers a major in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies through the school's Environmental Science and Sustainability department. Students in these programs must complete a senior project and have the opportunity to participate in internships and/or off-campus learning at locations like the Duke Marine Biological Laboratory or the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Israel. For their spiritual lives, students can attend worship services, Interfaith Fellowship discussions and fellowship groups, such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) or Sojourners Christian Fellowship. In 2017, the undergraduate college had about 1,800 students, per the NCES.
Willamette University in Oregon helps promote spiritual life on campus by providing weekly Convocation (worship service), resources through the Office of the Chaplains and religious student groups, like Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and Campus Ambassadors. According to the NCES, the university had about 1,950 undergraduate students in 2017. The university's College of Liberal Arts offers an Environmental Science major that provides students with research opportunities and further develops their public speaking and writing skills. Students in the program can also participate in fieldwork, internships and/or study abroad opportunities and take advantage of Oregon's unique coastline and the university's forest at Zena for outdoor learning.
University of Dubuque
Iowa's University of Dubuque had close to 1,960 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. Students at the university can pursue a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Environmental Science that allows students to explore topics in environmental toxicity, Geographic Information Science (GIS) and fish and wildlife management. The program also offers students research opportunities in a laboratory and/or field setting. The school offers faith-based scholarships and helps students grow in their faith through chapel services, spiritual counseling, FCA and Christian Connection Groups (small groups/Bible studies).
University of Lynchburg
The University of Lynchburg in Virginia offers a BS in Environmental Science that focuses on biology, ecology, chemistry and other natural sciences, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Environmental Studies that focuses on environmental law, sustainability, business and conservation. Students in either program have access to the school's 491-acre Claytor Nature Study Center to participate in research and/or internship opportunities. Students can further develop their faith on campus by participating in chapel services, volunteer opportunities, peace and justice activities and/or joining a spiritual group on campus, such as Disciples on Campus (DOC), Bring Your Own Bible (BYOB) or the Lynchburg Christian Fellowship. In 2017, the university had 2,050 undergraduates, according to the NCES.