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Verbatim: Grace College adds 2 environmental majors

Statement issued Tuesday:

WINONA LAKE, IN. – With the introduction of two new environmental majors, Grace College is now one of the first Christian colleges in the nation to offer its students three separate environmental programs.

The two new majors, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies, will begin in Fall 2011. These majors, along with Environmental Biology, which was introduced in Fall 2010, were all developed by Grace’s faculty to help students explore and discover environmental issues from a variety of career-path options.

For students who wish to pursue academic research or a graduate degree, Grace’s Dr. Nate Bosch recommends the Environmental Biology major. Environmental Science, he says, may be more suited for students who still want a strong scientific foundation, but wish to “hit the ground running” in an environmental career immediately after college, as it includes some behavioral science and political science courses. Finally, Bosch says, the Environmental Studies major is most appropriate for those who want to focus more on grass-roots advocacy, starting a non-profit organization, or something similar, as this major also provides some business organizational tools instead of some of the more specialized science courses.

In addition to creating specialized majors for these different academic and career options, Bosch personally mentors each of his environmental students and provides them with applied learning opportunities. Bosch is also director of Kosciusko Lakes and Streams (KLAS), a community water-quality program located at Grace College.

Grace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education, which applies biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence, and preparing for service. The academic, residential, athletic, and social aspects of the college are designed to encourage intellectual and spiritual growth in a supportive campus community. The 180-acre campus is located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, near Warsaw, Ind. It has historically been among the top schools of its size and listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Colleges. The Princeton Review has regularly awarded it the title of a “Best Midwestern College.”

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