Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy
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
- Sustainable Food Systems
- Water Sciences
We also offer a minor in environmental studies, certificate of undergraduate study in sustainable food systems, and a teacher certification program in environmental science.
Recognizing that some of the best learning occurs outside the classroom, students are encouraged to participate in hands-on learning through for-credit internships, faculty-led research opportunities and getting involved in NIU’s native plant garden.
Fall 2020 Office Operations
Our office will be on a modified schedule for the fall 2020 semester. Office Manager, Rave Meyer, will be available in the office most Tuesdays. Director, Melissa Lenczewski, will be on campus on most Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Assistant Director and Advisor, Melissa Burlingame, will be working remotely all semester and only available via email.
Contact our office to learn more about the ESE Institute and environmental studies degrees.