Climate change. Disappearing rain forests. Polluted and toxic oceans. For lovers of the natural world, there’s never been more cause for worry. But there’s also some good news — with a degree in environmental studies and sustainability, you can join the fight to protect our planet on multiple fronts.
Outdoor adventures await you
Unlock your inner explorer through class field trips and short travel courses. Measure animal diversity during the fall snake migration in southern Illinois. Harvest native plant seeds at the Nature Conservancy’s Nachusa prairie while buffalo roam nearby. Hike the Grand Canyon or snorkel coral reefs.
Discover your opportunities
Hone your research skills within minutes of campus and discover the links between your life and local ecosystems. Test control methods for invasive plants at LeSuer Nature Preserve. Explore the effects of pharmaceutical contaminants on behavior of fish and frogs. Measure population density of turtles at Hamilton Pond. Monitor native plant and animal populations at Spring Grove Prairie.
Get hands-in-the-dirt experience
Get dirty with hands-on restoration efforts at LeSuer Nature Preserve. Plant trees, burn a prairie, stabilize a stream bank. Or explore agricultural ecology at the educational garden and farm while pursuing a minor in global food security. Propose solutions to climate change and implement them on campus and in the community.
Antoinette Meciej '17 works as a communication, marketing and public program specialist at Kendall County (Illinois) Forest Preserve District.
Theatre professor Vanessa Campagna previews Little Women, which will be performed April 15-18 at the Wells Theater; biology professor Ken Cramer and environmental studies and sustainability major Grace Simpson ’23 of Metamora, Illinois, discuss efforts to help make the campus carbon-neutral in the next decade (10:27).
Internships put classroom learning into practical use. They give valuable technical and personal skills. They give students an advantage in landing their first job.
The Wackerle Center for Career, Leadership & Fellowships, faculty and our engaged alumni network help place students in internships, as well as advise and mentor them.Students graduate with experience and the knowledge how to achieve success!
The Global Public Health minor focuses on improving physical and mental health around the world by researching disease and treatments, promoting healthy lifestyles, and studying prevention of illness and injury.
Its interdisciplinary courses combine kinesiology, modern languages and psychology to give students the perfect preparation for a career in public health or to prepare to attend graduate or medical school.