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Connect To Purpose


Bethel College was one of the first colleges or universities in the United States to establish an environmental science program – in 1971, shortly after the very first national Earth Day (April 22 annually).

Environmental science at Bethel

  • is completed within a Biology or Natural sciences major.
  • is interdisciplinary, lending itself well to another major or minor such as communication arts, history or peace, justice and conflict studies – or to the Individualized Major (iMajor).
  • is a curriculum that will prepare you for a career in research, conservation, wildlife management, public policy, journalism, advocacy or wherever your passion leads you. See what some of our alumni have done in this area.

Field studies

In many cases, that’s a literal “field”! Bethel’s unique opportunities for field research include

  • prairie restoration areas
  • Sand Creek Trail
  • two off-campus restoration projects
  • Dyck Arboretum of the Plains, Hesston, among almost unlimited additional off-campus options

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.