Ecologist at work on riverbank

Environmental Science (BS)

Stewards of God’s creation.

At Abilene Christian University, we believe that a Christian worldview requires stewardship of God's creation. Environmental issues are not simply technical problems—they also have political, sociological and even spiritual aspects. A career in environmental science offers you many ways to help address those challenges in meaningful ways.

Maybe you’re drawn to the adventure of the outdoors, or perhaps you feel a strong obligation to become an advocate for nature. Whatever your interest may be, ACU offers flexibility to fit your specific calling to Christian stewardship and responsibility in environmental

Program Overview

Credit hours University Requirements: 56 credit hours
+ Major Requirements: 64-67 credit
hours (Choice of 4 tracks)
+ Electives: 5-8 credit hours
= Total Required: 128 credit hours*
*Based on track selection
Tracks 4
Department Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
School/College College of Arts and Sciences


You’ll take courses such as:

  • Plant Science
  • Energy Resources
  • Wildlife Ecology
  • Environmental Law and Policy
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  • Wildlife and Natural Resource Management
  • Outdoor Studies
  • Field Technology
  • Politics and Policy

What can you do after graduation?

  • Geoscientist
  • Occupation Health and Safety Specialist
  • Mining Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Ecologist
  • Climatologist
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Geographer
  • Meteorologist
  • Nature Conservation Officer
Climatologist taking a sample
Professor with students

Clubs and Activities

Students in the Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Department at ACU learn outside the classroom through involvement in mission trips, service-learning, internships and a number of pre-professional organizations, including:

  • Alpha Epsilon Sigma pre-professional club
  • Block & Bridle Club
  • Delta Tau Alpha National Agricultural Honor Society
  • Agricultural Consortium of Texas (ACT)
  • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)

About the Department of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences

Students studying at table

The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at ACU focuses on the Christian stewardship of sustainable agricultural and environmental systems throughout the world. It is home to several majors including animal science, agribusiness and environmental science.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a broad spectrum of programs in the arts, humanities, mathematics, and behavioral and natural sciences. Since most of ACU’s core curriculum is housed here, every student, regardless of major, passes through the College of Arts and Sciences.

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Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.