Biodiversity and Environmental Restoration

Planet Earth is the only habitat we have. One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is ensuring its ability to support current and future generations. You can help meet this challenge by pursuing the biodiversity and environmental restoration emphasis (available for the B.S. only). You'll learn about processes that affect biodiversity at all levels, from molecules to ecosystems.


You'll have access to internships with ecological restoration companies, forest preserve districts, state agencies, animal rehabilitation facilities and zoos, such as:

  • Chicago Zoological Society
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • National Park Service
  • Oaken Acres
  • The Nature Conservancy

Learn More About Internships


With our range of active faculty research labs, you'll have many options for conducting research that aligns with your interests.

You'll also have the unique opportunity to participate in research at the Nachusa Grasslands, a living laboratory for learning about the effects of restoration efforts in different habitats.

Learn More About Biodiversity Research

Get Involved

You'll have the opportunity to study abroad in Madagascar and learn about international conservation efforts. You can also go on outdoor adventures and join eco-conscious student groups, including:

  • Bread for the World
  • Go Green-Go Clean
  • Inclusive Birding Club
  • Vegetarian Education Group

Explore Student Organizations

What Can I Do With a Biodiversity and Environmental Restoration Emphasis?

When you graduate, you'll be prepared to help sustainably manage Earth's ecosystems for the benefit of nature and people. Depending on your interests, some jobs you could have include:

  • Conservation officer
  • Eco-tourism operator
  • Environmental education officer
  • Farming or food production
  • Forest resources manager
  • Park naturalist/ranger
  • Restoration technician

Learn More About Career Resources

Complementary Programs

Contact Us

Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy
325 Montgomery Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1814
Back to top