Environmental Science

The environmental science concentration is part of the biology major.

A key feature of Gordon’s environmental science concentration is our relationship with AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies. AuSable offers a wide range of courses in Washington State, Michigan, India and Costa Rica, which are designed to prepare students for work or further study in environmental science. AuSable courses may be taken by any Gordon student who meets the course prerequisites. Through a combination of courses offered at Gordon and at Au Sable, a student may complete the biology major with an environmental concentration or non-science majors may minor in environmental studies. Au Sable students can get certificates as naturalists or as land, water or environmental resources analysts. Offerings may vary annually. See Au Sable representative Dr. Dorothy Boorse. Course information is available on the Au Sable website at www.ausable.org. Au Sable courses taken during the summer are available at half the normal Gordon tuition. See course descriptions below and in Off-Campus Curriculum. Note that there is also an Environmental Science Interdisciplinary Minor designed for majors other than biology. 

  • BIO 222 - Environmental Science Credits: 4
  • BIO 310 - Ecology Credits: 4
  • CHE 312 - Instrumental Analysis Credits: 4 or an approved environmental chemistry course
  • Two Summer Field Courses at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies

Recommended courses for required electives:

  • BIO 440 - Advanced Techniques in Ecology
  • BIO 304 - Conservation Biology