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
- Nature and Society
- Water Sciences*
- Educator Licensure - Environmental Science*
- Sustainable Food Systems
* B.S. only
Careers with an Environmental Studies Degree
According to National Geographic Magazine, these are the 11 fastest growing careers for environmental studies professionals:
Learn more about Environmental Studies careers.
Environmental Studies Faculty
Our environmental studies degree programs are interdisciplinary and feature faculty from several different areas including:
- Biological sciences
- Engineering technology
- Geographic and atmospheric sciences
- Geology and environmental geosciences
- Mechanical engineering
- Political science
As a student, you can participate in faculty-led research projects in areas including restored habitat, comparative anatomy and water conservation. Some research opportunities include travel to Madagascar, Mexico, Southeast Asia 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:
- Collegiate Association of Social Entrepreneurs (CAUSE)
- Committee for the Preservation of Wildlife
- Green Paws Environmental Alliance
- Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Club
You can also participate in the Communiversity Gardens, NIU Green Team and the Native Plant Garden Project on campus.
Additional Program Information
NIU Environmental Studies Website