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Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability

A Biblical Foundation for Creation Care


Humanity was made to reflect God in action, in wise and loving stewardship, in delight, and in great interest for the good of what He made.


Students are emerging from the academy into a culture that is increasingly separated from the natural world and divided philosophically as to its value.


As the rest of the creation permeates our daily lives, the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability certificate program at Covenant cultivates student’s abilities to...

   articulate a faithful perspective on the physical world

   pursue creation care personally as a commitment to reconciliation

   become vocational leaders in the growing environmental workforce

General Requirements
  • Four semesters of participation in Campus Stewardship Committee (CSC)
  • 40 hours of environmentally-relevant public service
  • Organize and implement at least one of the following: a public-speaking engagement, a reading group, or a sustainability initiative or service project
Course Requirements
Complete one course in each of the following categories:
  • Cultural/Social Perspectives
  • Historical Perspectives
  • Scientific Perspectives
Complete the following during senior year, spring semester:
  • BIO 383: Interdisciplinary Seminar in Environmental Stewardship
View the course catalog for details
Program Support

Covenant's campus is situated in the mountains of southern Appalachia. Students take advantage of the diverse expertise of faculty and community partnerships including the City of Lookout Mountain, the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga Audubon Society, the National Park Service, and others.

Courses are also supplemented by the Au Sable Institute with programs ranging from Northern Michigan, Washington State, Costa Rica, and India that offer faith-based perspectives on all dimensions of creation care.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
- Genesis 1:26
Integration of Faith & Learning
Students who complete the certificate requirements will be uniquely equipped to:
  • live in the church as sources of interest and wisdom in stewarding creation well
  • serve as leaders in the community with interest/practical knowledge concerning individual and systemic sustainability solutions
  • heal broken relationships between the church and other stakeholders over environmental concerns
Listen as Dr. Heath Garris discusses the science and politics of climate change and how the church can respond to the challenges of this potentially divisive issue.

Graduate School of Education

Undergraduate Departments, Majors, Minors, Certificates, Concentrations, and Programs

Academic Certificates

  • Arts Administration
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability
  • Journalism and Society
  • Medical Ethics Consultation
  • Neuroscience
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)


  • Art, 2-D Concentration 
  • Art, 3-D Concentration 
  • Art, Art History Concentration 
  • Art, Graphic Design Concentration 
  • Art, Photography Concentration 
  • Art minor
  • Art History minor

Biblical & Theological Studies

  • Biblical & Theological Studies 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies, Missions Concentration 
  • Biblical & Theological Studies minor
  • Biblical Languages minor
  • History of Christianity minor
  • Missions minor
  • Youth Ministry minor


  • Biology, Biomedical Concentration 
  • Biology, Environmental Concentration 
  • Biology, General 
  • Biology, Health Professions Concentration 
  • Biology minor


  • Business 
  • Business, Accounting Concentration 
  • Business, Finance Concentration 
  • Business, Marketing Concentration 
  • Sport Management 
  • Business minor
  • Sport Management minor


  • Chemistry, Biochemistry Concentration 
  • Chemistry, General 
  • Biochemistry minor
  • Chemistry minor

Community Development

  • Community Development 
  • Community Development minor

Computer Science

  • Computer Science 
  • Computer Science minor


  • Economics 
  • Economics minor


  • Education Studies 
  • Elementary Education (P-5) 
  • Secondary Education Certifications through MAT program 
  • Education minor

Engineering 3:2 Program

  • Natural Science, Pre-Engineering Studies Concentration


  • English 
  • English, Writing Concentration 
  • English minor
  • Writing minor

Health, Wellness and Coaching

  • Coaching minor

History, Politics, and International Studies

  • History 
  • History, Art History Concentration 
  • Political Science 
  • International Studies 
  • History minor
  • Political Science minor

Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies with Concentrations 


  • Mathematics 
  • Mathematics minor


  • Music, Church Music Concentration 
  • Music, Creative Studies Concentration 
  • Music, General Music Concentration 
  • Music, Instrumental Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Music Education (Pre-MAT) Concentration 
  • Music, Organ Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Pedagogy Concentration 
  • Music, Piano Performance Concentration 
  • Music, Vocal Performance Concentration 
  • Music minor


  • Philosophy 
  • Philosophy minor


  • Physics 
  • Physics minor

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law Studies 
  • Pre-Medical Studies 
  • Pre-Nursing Studies 
  • Pre-Physical Therapy Studies 


  • Psychology 
  • Psychology minor


  • Sociology 
  • Sociology, Family Studies & Social Work Concentration 
  • Sociology minor


  • Theatre minor

World Languages

  • French 
  • Spanish 
  • French minor
  • Spanish minor