Environmental Science


About the Program

Sustainability is more important than ever before, and environmental science majors are leading the charge to create a more sustainable world. Whether you’re interested in conservation, research, administration, environmental education, government, industry or environmental health, you’ll find your purpose in Olivet’s program. Internships, volunteer work and hands-on experiences will help prepare you for a successful career.

Kirkelldel Biological Preserve

Located two miles from campus on Pine Lake, Kirkelldel has five habitat types and broad biological diversity, serving as an outdoor classroom for a range of science classes and research projects.


Environmental science majors have the opportunity to select a concentration with a more interdisciplinary approach.

  • Environmental Education

    Environmental education has applications in the public and private sectors, in both for-profit and non-profit venues, including zoos, businesses, nature centers, environmental and outdoor education facilities, conservation organizations and a variety of government agencies from national to local levels.


  • Sustainability Consultant

    Sustainability consultants help companies and businesses become more socially and environmentally responsible in how they operate. They create sustainable solutions for balancing the needs of people, the environment and successful businesses.

  • Wildlife Biologist

    A wildlife biologist studies animals and their behavior along with the role each animal plays in its natural habitat and how they interact with their ecosystems. They study the physical characteristics of animals, animal behaviors, and the impacts humans have on wildlife and natural habitats.

  • Hydrologist

    A hydrologist researches the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of the earth's underground and surface waters. They measure the properties of bodies of water, collect water and soil samples to test for certain properties, and analyze data on the environmental impacts of pollution, erosion, drought and other problems.

  • Conservation Scientist

    Conservation scientists manage, improve, and protect the country's natural resources by advising farmers, ranchers and landowners on how they can improve their land for agricultural purposes and to decide the most ecological and prudent use of land.

Courses in the Program

BIO 216 - Ornithology
SA 307 - Biocultural Ecology
ECO 320 - Environmental Economics
BIO 402 - Ecosystem Ecology
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