Environmental Studies at NIU
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Develop sustainable solutions to urgent environmental issues.

The practice of industrialization has had a major impact on the environment. People around the world are reckoning with climate change, water supply concerns and the need for alternative energy sources. By majoring in environmental studies, you'll learn about the issues facing the natural world and how to mobilize people to address them.

I am currently working on a major in biology and a major in environmental studies… [When I was younger] I wanted to be a wildlife rehabilitator and field biologist. I definitely chose my majors based on this dream.

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What Can I Do With an Environmental Studies Degree From NIU?

When you graduate, you'll be prepared to meet environmental and energy challenges in a variety of roles and settings.

Top skills reported by alumni:

  • Data analysis
  • Environmental science
  • Geographic information system
  • Leadership
  • Research

Top fields alumni work in:

  • Education
  • Government
  • Manufacturing
  • Natural resources
  • Transportation and logistics

Career Potential for NIU Environmental Studies Majors

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What to Expect as an Environmental Studies Major at NIU

Our program emphasizes interdisciplinary research and community engagement. You'll have opportunities to participate in research on habitat restoration, water conservation and other areas. You can focus your studies by choosing an emphasis:

  • Biodiversity and environmental restoration
  • Environmental justice
  • Environmental policy and law
  • Sustainability and energy studies
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Secondary educator licensure in environmental science

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How We’ll Help You Succeed

Apply for free and we’ll automatically consider you for a renewable merit scholarship.

Earn your bachelor’s degree fast with our affordable tuition and fees. Any credit hours you take over 12 are free (per semester).

Prepare to thrive after graduation with personalized support from Career Services.

With our truth-in-tuition policy, you’ll get the same fixed tuition rate for four continuous years, whether you live in Illinois or another state.

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