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Environmental Studies (B.S. or B.A.)


Why Study Environmental Studies at NIU?

Our Environmental Studies B.S. and B.A. degree programs give you the skills to analyze solutions to energy demands; assess the impact of environmental, climatic and energy challenges facing society; and learn how to promote sustainability and the new policies surrounding it.

Our program offers six areas of emphasis:

  • Biodiversity and environmental restoration
  • Energy studies
  • Environmental policy
  • Human experience
  • Water sciences

A teaching licensure emphasis is also available.

Careers with an Environmental Studies Degree

According to National Geographic Magazine, these are the 11 fastest growing careers for environmental studies professionals:

  • Urban growers
  • Water quality technicians
  • Clean car engineers
  • Recyclers
  • Natural scientists
  • Green builders
  • Solar cell technicians
  • Green design professionals
  • Wave energy producers
  • Wind energy workers
  • Biofuel jobs

Learn more about Environmental Studies careers.

Environmental Studies Faculty

Our environmental sciences degree programs are multidisciplinary and feature instructors (change instructors to faculty) from several different areas including:

  • Biology
  • Geology
  • Anthropology
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Public administration
  • Law

As a student, you can participate in instructor-led research projects in areas including climatology, restored communities, comparative anatomy and water conservations. Some research opportunities include travel to Mexico, the Middle East, Indonesia and other sites around the globe.

Hands-on Learning Opportunities

We have several vibrant student organizations you can join that focus on environment, sustainability and energy:

You can also participate in the Community Gardens and the Native Plant Garden Project on campus.