The Department of Environmental Studies combines an understanding of earth resources, environmental leadership, environmental communications, green design, and land use planning and policy to prepare graduates for missional endeavors in global societies that are balancing the need for urban development, exploration and exploitation of earth resources, and environmental stewardship.
Our civilization is dependent on the exploration, exploitation and transformation of earth resources, most of which are non-renewable. The growth of the human population demands a constant expansion of urban areas, putting more constraints on the environment. Taking care of non-human creation is not an option, it is a mandate that must be factored in every step of the way as humans obey the command to be stewards of the earth. The Department of Environmental Studies challenges students to consider God’s redemptive plan as inclusive of all creation, and to combine a scientific understanding of the issues with a biblically informed world view. Courses highlight the merits of alternative energy and renewable sources and the importance of sustainability. Degree programs are designed to ground students in the context of biblical stewardship of the earth and equip them to engage creatively in a holistic mission that reconciles people with God, each other, and the non-human creation.