Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree (B.S.)

Environmental Science Bachelor's Degree (B.S.)

Environmental Science at Messiah College

With a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in environmental science from Messiah College, a top private Christian college in the U.S., you’ll have the unique opportunity to practice science with other Christians who also care about being responsible stewards of creation.

Environmental science major distinctives
Career options for environmental science majors
Internship and research opportunities for environmental science majors


The environmental science curriculum is interdisciplinary, drawing heavily from biology and chemistry. You’ll take courses in entomology (the study of insects), herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians), ornithology (the study of birds), aquatic biology (the study of organisms in the ocean or other bodies of water), mycology (the study of fungi) and plant taxonomy.

Research and hands-on learning

As you prepare for your future career, you will also have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of opportunities such as field research, on-site restorations, clubs and internships at well-known places like The Nature Conservancy, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Fish and Boat Commission and more. Students are also encouraged to study at AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies, and participate in a semester abroad at the GoED Mekong program in Thailand and the Creation Care Study Program in Belize or New Zealand.

During your time at Messiah, you not only learn science--you will also “do” science. You won’t just study the theory of science but also practice its application. And by combining this strong foundation of scientific knowledge and methods with a Christian perspective about God’s creation and your place in it, our innovative, hands-on curriculum, field work, internships, restoration projects, research, study abroad and more will prepare you to make a real and lasting difference in the world.

After graduation

As a graduate of the environmental science program, you will be prepared to enter the environmental job market or graduate programs in such fields as ecology, conservation biology, forestry, parks and recreation management, environmental science, environmental law, wetland delineation, environmental public policy, regional planning, landscape architecture and restoration, sustainable agriculture, conservation biology, the marine sciences and more.