The Environmental Biology major has our stewardship role in God’s creation as a core principle upon which the curriculum is based. Our freshman and sophomore science courses are designed to provide students with a broad background in biology, geology, chemistry and physics. The upper level courses then build on this base of knowledge as we engage our students in many “hands on” experiences during our field labs. For example, students conduct in-stream impact assessments using electrofishing equipment, use elastomer to mark newts to estimate their population size using mark-recapture methods, map out movement patterns of animals using telemetry, geographical information system software and global positioning system technology.
Upper level students also engage in team-based research projects directed by our professors including ecophysiological boundaries of the Peaks of Otter salamander, a species of salamander unique to central Virginia, migration dynamics of the Saw-whet owl in the Piedmont or box turtle urban ecology. The education we provide our students allow them to go to graduate school, secure industry or government jobs or become high school biology/environmental science teachers. Teacher licensure is also an option for students in this major.
Sampling of program courses:
Degree Completion Plans (DCP)