The Dordt Difference In Dordt’s environmental studies program you’ll be challenged to follow God’s call to be stewards of his world in both your lifestyle and profession. The program is founded upon the truth that the earth is the Lord’s (Ps. 24:1). He created it (Gen. 1:1), declares it good (Gen. 1:31), knows it intimately (Job 38-41), lovingly sustains it (Matt. 6:25-33), and takes delight in the praise that all of his creation offers (Ps. 148). (see website) If you like hands-on learning, our environmental studies major is for you. • Classroom learning is supplemented by field trips, discussions, lectures, and conference attendance. You will visit national wildlife refuges, windfarms, fossil beds, and more. • Past students designed a restoration plan for a tall grass prairie on campus, and current students learn from and help manage this 20-acre prairie. • The Wilderness Club, a student-led organization, provides opportunities to enjoy the creation and live as Christian environmental stewards. • You will do directed research to apply your knowledge and skills in a concrete project, participate in an internship, or enroll in an off-campus class. • In the capstone Restoration Ecology and Applied Stewardship course, you’ll put what you’ve learned into practice in a project that addresses an environmental challenge or opportunity.
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT “The professors in the environmental studies department are easy to approach and always willing to listen. They teach you to face challenges with passion and help you when you struggle. They ensure that your education is diverse and complete. If you want to study the environment with both your mind and heart, then Dordt is a place where your true potential can be reached. “The high standards of Dordt’s environmental studies programs yield a high-quality education. Because of the quality of education I received at Dordt I was able to opt out of eight credit hours of courses that other students in my graduate program were required to take, allowing me to expand my horizons in my first semester of graduate school.” Adam Shirley earned a M.S. in ecosystem management and is currently the executive director of the Mitchell County Conservation Board in Northeast Iowa.
THE PROGRAM Caring and experienced faculty will help you design a program that fits your interests and choose course options that fit your career goals. Environmental Science Emphasis - Core environmental studies courses lay the scientific groundwork for further study along with Wildlife Ecology and Stewardship, Avian Biology and Conservation, Meteorology, Economics of Natural Resources, and social science courses to understand the context of environmental issues Policy and Management Emphasis - Core environmental studies courses lay the foundation, supplemented by environment-related communication, organizational management or law, Global Modern Political Thought, Economic Development, and Advanced Public Address Natural Resources Emphasis - Core environmental studies courses, biology, and chemistry courses along with specialized agriculture, biology, environmental studies, and chemistry courses. You’ll also participate in an internship.
OFF CAMPUS STUDY OPPORTUNITIES Ausable Institute of Environmental Studies • Latin American Studies Program in Costa Rica• Chicago Semester • American Studies Program • Creation Care Studies Program in Belize or New Zealand • internships
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES Environmental science-oriented jobs ecological restoration of prairies, forests, wetlands • education, teaching, training • environmental chemistry • environmental remediation • pollution prevention • wildlife management Policy and management-oriented jobs community planning and zoning • communication and media • education, teaching, and training • law • public policy analysis • development and enforcement of regulations Our growing alumni network expands access to employment and graduate study opportunities. Nearly a quarter of graduates go to graduate school. Alumni have been employed with agencies such as Nature Conservancy • Niagara Parks Commission • U.S. Forest Service • North Carolina Estuarium • World Renew • Illinois Natural History Survey • Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality • Target Earth International • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service • U.S. Fish and Wildlife • County Conservation Boards
THE FACULTY Robert De Haan, Ph.D., University of Minnesota. environmental studies, restoration ecology, avian biology, wildlife ecology, ecology, and genetics, department chair Robert.DeHaan@dordt.edu Jeff Ploegstra, Ph.D., University of Iowa, biology, environmental studies, microbiology and flora
CONTRIBUTING FACULTY Carl Fictorie, Ph.D., University of Minnesota. chemistry and environmental chemistry Robbin Eppinga, Ph.D., University of Iowa. cell biology and cancer Jan van Vliet, Ph.D., M.A., Economics of the Environment
Joel Sikkema, Ph.D., Iowa State University, construction inspection, site management, surveying/GIS, and environmental monitoring Joel.Sikkema@dordt.edu Kevin Timmer, Ph.D., Iowa State University, engineering and environment, energy, recycling, and pollution
Charles Veenstra, Ph.D., University of Nebraska at Lincoln, communication, argumentation and persuasion
Channon Visscher, Ph.D., Washington University, St. Louis, chemistry, introductory geology and astronomy