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Welcome to Environmental Studies at NIU.

We are all very excited to announce that the Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved our new BA/BS program in Environmental Studies. This degree program is unique in Illinois in its breadth of learning and engagement opportunities for students and will provide the region and the nation with graduates prepared to take on the diverse suite of important challenges that exist in environmental quality, energy, and sustainability. Our graduates will provide needed expertise to industry, government, NGOs and academic research.

The Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy (ESE Institute) was developed with the support of NIU Strategic Planning, through the Office of the Provost, with the goal of developing the new interdisciplinary undergraduate degree that will serve to educate students with diverse interests in physical sciences, biological sciences, social sciences, humanities, and engineering.

Our degree offerings include six emphases.

  1. Biodiversity and Environmental Restoration
  2. Water
  3. Energy studies
  4. Human Experience
  5. Environmental Policy
  6. Non-governmental Organizations, in association with the new degree in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE)

Additional information, including course offerings, can be found on the Academic Programs page.

We are comprised of a growing list of faculty associates and partners, coming from more than 12 Departments and Centers on campus. We are developing partnerships with regional industries, national laboratories, and other governmental and non-governmental agencies and anticipate a growing number of opportunities for internships and student research experience.

We always welcome visitors at our new offices in the 3rd floor of the Health Services Building.

~ Dr. Reed Scherer, Director