Ecology & Environmental Science

Program Overview

Ecology & Environmental Science

The Ecology & Environmental Science concentration in the Biology major approaches rigorous scientific investigation as a natural outgrowth of a Christian worldview, facilitating the development of knowledge, skills, and character necessary to produce graduates prepared to pursue a career, or graduate study, in Ecology and Environmental Sciences.

Students in this program will understand the interaction between humans and the environment, methods of evaluating and managing the environment and natural resources, and how policies influence the use of these natural resources. Students will appreciate how humans and nature were created to interact and adapt to one another and become excellent stewards of God’s creation.

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  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Sustainable Community Development
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Ecology & Environmental Science

“Our 1100 acre campus is loaded with all kinds of unique natural areas like wetlands, streams, pine and hardwood forests. Students will get hands on experience with all the different ecosystems and wildlife that is present here in North Georgia.”

Dr. Joelle Lainge
Assistant Professor of Biology

Degree Layout

Ecology & Environmental Science Courses

The Biology major with the Ecology & Environmental Science concentration is a 126 hour program that includes 71 hours of general education courses (including 30 hours of Bible and Theology), 15 hours of open electives, and 40 hours in Biology-specific courses (21 of which are hours dedicated to the Ecology & Environmental Science concentration).

Featured Courses:

  • Ecology, Soil Science
  • Aquatic Biology & Wetlands
  • Conservation & Restoration Ecology
  • Environmental Issues & Policy
  • Environmental Science
Joelle Laing


By making use of TFC’s 1100 acre ‘natural laboratory’ of streams, wetlands, and forests on campus, the Ecology and Environmental Science program provides students with excellent hands-on training and studies for future environmental careers!
Dr. Joelle Laing, Assistant Professor of Biology
Career Choices

What can you do with an Ecology & Environmental Science concentration?

When you earn a Biology degree with a concentration in Ecology & Environmental Science, you will find that there are many career opportunities available to you. Graduates are qualified for a wide range of jobs, such as:

Park Naturalist

Many graduates from this program enjoy the outdoors so a career sharing that love for nature with others is a perfect fit.

Environmental Consultant

Ecology & environmental science students may pursue career in environment consulting. These positions are known as earth scientists who conduct research in hopes of addressing environmental issues.

Natural Resource Manager

Students from this program understand the importance of the environment and its resources. As a natural resource manager, graduates would be responsible for managing the natural resources in a specific area and overseeing conservation strategies.


Many graduates who earn a bachelor’s degree in biology with a concentration in ecology & environmental science pursue careers in the many areas of science. While some fields may require graduate level education, graduates will be prepared to pursue a career as an ecologist, environmental chemist, conservation biologist, and more!

Meet the Professors


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