Majors and Minors /
Biological and Environmental Sciences
Majors: Biology: Pre-Medicine • Biology • Biology: Pre-Occupational Therapy • Environmental Science • Biology: Pre-Physical Therapy
Students choose Capital because they want a career that’s more than a job title. They want a career that allows them to improve lives.
What better way to improve lives than to discover and better understand the science of life — the foundation, structure, evolution, purpose and interconnectedness of living organisms, and the environments in which they coexist?
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.
But whether your 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), your path toward a career in the life sciences begins with your major 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. You’ll work with an academic advisor to design a major best suited to your professional goals and needs.The environmental science degree program combines the diversity and critical thinking skills of a liberal arts education with a solid foundation in the basic sciences. Many of our students know they'll go on to graduate school, so we've designed our program to prepare them for additional scientific specialization through the pursuit of a master’s or doctoral degree, or direct entrance into an environmental career.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.Central to both programs are research, field experience and internship opportunities. Explore course descriptions and the curriculum in our online course bulletin.
Our biology graduates continue their studies in graduate school or enter the job market right after graduation. Recent graduates are pursuing degrees in immunology, molecular genetics, forensics, wildlife biology, aquatic invertebrates, pharmacy, environmental law, cytogenetics and biochemistry. Others are employed in areas such as food microbiology testing, parks and recreation management, teaching, public health and zoo animal handler. Others still are pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, optometry, environmental science and occupational therapy. Capital's environmental science degree leads to careers in various fields or to graduate school. Private businesses and industries employ environmental scientists as environmental consultants, to design and operate pollution remediation and health and safety activities, and to ensure environmental regulation compliance.
Environmental protection includes opportunities in solid and hazardous waste management, air and water quality management, and environmental restoration and remediation. Natural resource management includes such job areas as forestry, parks, water, fisheries, wildlife management and land conservation. Other environmental scientists specialize in environmental law, community planning, policy analysis or environmental education in both governmental and private sectors.