Sustainability and Energy Studies

Renewable energy production is vital to balancing environmental protection with economic well-being. By learning about and advocating for the use of renewable technologies, you can help move society toward a more sustainable future. You'll take courses from the College of Business, the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


You'll have access to internships with consulting companies and county health departments, as well as in geographic information systems. Possible internship sites include:

  • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
  • Kishwaukee Water Reclamation District
  • Ogle County Health Department
  • Vector Disease Control International
  • World Wildlife Fund

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You'll have opportunities to conduct research that matches your interests and goals. For example, you can participate in research on lighting systems, variable frequency drives and solar photovoltaic energy resources in the Building Energy Efficiency and Management (BEEAM) laboratory.

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Get Involved

You can enrich your study of sustainable energy by studying abroad in Iceland with the GREEN Program. You can also go on outdoor adventures, check out the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Club or join another group, such as:

  • Collegiate Association of Unreasonable Social Entrepreneurs (CAUSE)
  • Engineers without Borders
  • Go Green-Go Clean
  • Innovation Club

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What Can I Do With a Sustainability and Energy Studies Emphasis?

Our hands-on learning environment will prepare you for a career developing and advancing sustainable energy solutions. Depending on your interests, some jobs you could have include:

  • Energy policy analyst
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental sustainability specialist
  • Public or nonprofit administrator
  • Social entrepreneur
  • Sustainability outreach specialist
  • Waste program manager

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Contact Us

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