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Biological and Environmental Sciences is a growing discipline where new career paths and areas of specialization emerge with each new scientific discovery and environmental problem facing the United States and the rest of the world. Capital students discover and understand the science of life – the foundation, structure, evolution, purpose, and interconnectedness of living organisms, and the environments in which they coexist.

Discover the Science of Life

Environmental Scientists and Biologists Improve Lives

Biological and Environmental Science

Whether a student’s interests lie in medicine, immunology, molecular genetics, forensics, air and water quality management, habitat preservation, wildlife biology, aquatic invertebrates, pharmacy, environmental law, cytogenetics, biochemistry (the list goes on), the path toward a career in the life sciences begins with a degree in Biological and Environmental Sciences at Capital. Capital’s Biology degree program presents a well-rounded study of the discipline of biology, coupled with individual flexibility in a final program. The Environmental Science degree combines the diversity and critical thinking skills of a liberal arts education with a solid foundation in the basic sciences. Central to both degrees are research, field experience and internship opportunities.

What can you do with a degree in this academic area?

  • Zookeeper
  • Science Writer
  • Forestry and Parks Specialist
  • University Professor
  • Public Health Professional
  • Wildlife Manager

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Experiential Learning

Students are encouraged to participate in internships and laboratory
and field-based research opportunities that may lead to presentations
at regional or national scientific meetings. Short-term field courses
allow students to study Biology and Environmental Science topics,
and become involved in the broader community. A hands-on internship or research opportunity in a business, government agency, or volunteer
organization is also available to round out each student’s training.

Primmer Outdoor Learning Center

Capital University’s Primmer Outdoor Learning Center in the Hocking Hills region is a 74-acre property with seven ecosystems, including a 15-acre wetland, a secondary growth deciduous woodlot with groundwater seeps which feed into small streams, and restored prairie habitats. This center is used by students and faculty for research and service projects focused on ecological restoration, biological conservation, and environmental sustainability.

Environmental Sciences Education Certificate

Science teachers are in high demand. Students pursuing the Environmental Sciences Education Certificate want to bring science to life for young learners. The broad expertise and professional commitment of the Science faculty at Capital offer students the personal attention and necessary breadth to understand and solve complex Biological and Environmental problems. In addition to a strong science
foundation, the Environmental Sciences Education Certificate includes courses in economics, public policy, technical writing, and environmental regulations all of which are designed to help students understand the underlying causes of many environmental problems.

Sample Classes

  • Foundations of Biology
  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Research Methods
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • General Physics
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