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Looking to study the environment?

Through the Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy, NIU offers two undergraduate degrees in Environmental studies – a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. Within both of these degree programs, students can choose from six emphases focusing on the environment and sustainability. By choosing an emphasis, students can customize their course of study to reflect their specific interests. Learn more about the emphases, including courses and degree paths by following the links below.

Undergraduate students have the option to minor in environmental studies. Future secondary science teachers may pursue teacher certification in Environmental Science through the Environmental Science Teacher Preparation Program.

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Biodiversity and
Environmental Restoration

 

 

 

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Environmental Studies seeks to:

(1) evaluate the nature and magnitude of environmental and climatic change at local, regional, and global scales

(2) understand and explore solutions to energy challenges

(3) assess the impact of environmental, climatic, and energy challenges on society and contribute toward the development of a public policy that promotes sustainability


Upon completion of their degree in Environmental Studies, students should be able to:

(1) Evaluate the nature and magnitude of environmental and climatic change at local, regional, and global scales

(2) demonstrate knowledge and analyze solutions to our energy challenges

(3) assess the impact of environmental, climatic, and energy challenges facing society and contribute towards the development of a public policy that promotes sustainability

(4) identify the cases, scales, and remediation and mitigation approaches to major local, regional and global environmental problems


Contact Dr. Melissa Lenczewski at 815-753-6563 or lenczewski@niu.edu for more information.