Welcome to the ESE Institute
The Institute for the Study of Environment, Sustainability, and Energy (ESE) exists to foster research, education and community engagement about the environment and sustainability.
We offer two undergraduate degrees in environmental studies: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. These interdisciplinary programs feature classes and research led by NIU faculty from several different colleges. To further customize your course of study, you can draw from your personal, intellectual and professional interests to choose from the following six areas of emphasis:
- Biodiversity and Environmental Restoration
- Energy Studies
- Environmental Policy
- Nature in Society
- Non-Governmental Organizations
- Water Sciences
Recognizing that some of the best learning occurs outside of the classroom, students are encouraged to participate in hands-on learning through for-credit internships and faculty-led research projects, in addition to getting involved in on-campus activities through NIU’s Green Living Community and native plant garden.
Contact our office to learn more about the ESE Institute and environmental studies degrees.