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Department of Biology & Biochemistry
Environmental Science and Business
Students analyzing water pollution
Department of Biology & Biochemistry

Environmental Science and Business


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

Discover how to make a positive impact on God’s creation while making responsible business decisions in a corporate setting. Work with biology and business experts. The environmental science and business program prepares you for a career in environmental resource management. Learn to translate research and scientific findings into applications for corporate settings. This degree lays the foundation for careers in government, business, or environmental industries.

This might be the right degree for you if you

  • have a love for nature and a mind for business
  • want to ensure our natural resources are not depleted and indigenous cultures are not wiped out

Why study environmental science and business at Northwestern?

You will receive practical training from faculty who are experts in their fields, both in biology and in business. In this program you have the choice of a general business track or a marketing track. 

Northwestern is a lakeside campus with 30 acres of forest. Having access to this aquatic and terrestrial environment allows you to study the environment right on campus. Learning about God’s creation will be hands-on. Northwestern students work with Ramsey Conservation District to help restore the Lake Johanna shoreline. You have the opportunity to gain experience in environmental courses through the Au Sable Institute in northern Michigan. 

At Northwestern, we offer small and personalized classes. Professors empower you to steward God’s creation and to protect our limited natural resources. You can grow in your faith both inside and outside of the classroom to gain a deeper appreciation for the world around you.

What degree tracks are offered in Environmental Science and Business?

What will I learn?

You will conduct research and learn to combine the application of economics and business to issues associated with the environment and the use of natural resources.

96%

of seniors of seniors believe the faculty are genuinely interested in their welfare

40 species

of native plants planted by students during the Lake Johanna shoreline restoration

96%

of seniors feel prepared to integrate their faith with their academic field

Careers in environmental science & business

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in environmental science and business.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Environmental quality analysis
  • Land and water conservation
  • Land use planning
  • Environmental compliance
  • Agrichemical management
  • Research
  • Education
  • Geographic information systems
  • Natural resource management
  • Political action/lobbying
  • Building/zoning
  • Marketing (industry specific)

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Utilities and timber companies
  • National park service
  • Federal agencies
  • State, county, or city parks
  • Resorts
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Water treatment facilities
  • Recycling/landfill providers
  • Tourism agencies/bureaus
  • Water treatment facilities
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We teach students that God has given us the role of steward over the creation which ultimately belongs to Him....Having students get involved with this hands-on work allows students to carry out this call in a real way and exposes them to ways in which we can care for the creation. It makes the concepts that we cover in our classes more real for the students. They can directly see the fruits of their labor.
Joel Light
Faculty | Assistant Chair, Department of Biology and Biochemistry
Associate Professor of Biology

Preparing for a Career

College graduation rates continue to increase each year making competition for jobs even greater. Set yourself apart from the crowd with the following strategies for getting started, networking, and gaining experience.

Strategies for success:

  • Combine liberal arts skills with analytical skills to increase employability. Formally, obtain a double major or minor in one of these areas. Informally, obtain these skills through internships, co-ops, volunteer work, summer jobs, or independent research projects.
  • Seek related experience through co-ops, internships, or part-time jobs in area of interest.
  • Obtain a graduate degree for job security/advancement.
  • Maintain knowledge of current environmental issues including policy, conservation, and industry trends.
  • Gain extensive laboratory and research experience to prepare for research positions.
  • Join related professional associations, and read related literature and journals to keep up with new developments.
  • Network and get to know people who are working in your area of interest.
  • Many jobs will be in federal, state, or local government. Learn these job application procedures and apply early – long hiring lead times are common.
  • Join community groups or service organizations that focus on environmental awareness; attend public meetings about waste management.

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