Environmental Biology Major

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Environmental Biology Major Overview

The environmental biology major prepares students for employment in an environmental career or graduate study in a number of related fields. Possible career paths include environmental consultant, field biologist, conservation, public policy, education or opportunities related to natural resources and renewable energy.

You will study how plants and animals interact within their species and as part of a larger ecosystem as well as the effects of human influence on the environment. You will also gain a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, and mathematics.

Practical experience and internships are an important part of the major. As part of their major, recent graduates have worked with the Army Corps of Engineers (in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Illinois), The Illinois Department of Natural Resources, East Side Health District, and The US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Greenville University students benefit from unique experiences afforded by the Ayers Science Field Station located 15 minutes from campus as well as the Hoiles Gardens offering over 40 acres of wooded property adjacent to campus. Greenville students also benefit from the University’s participation in the Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies. This means that GU students have the opportunity to take one of the 23 intensive field-based classes Au Sable offers at one of 4 locations. These courses include Marine Biology, Alpine Ecology, Animal Ecology, Lake Ecology and Management, and more.

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  • Ecologist
  • Fisheries Biologist
  • Environmental Biologist
  • Environmental Biology Teacher
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