Students conduct summer research on mussel microhabitat preferences with Dr. Aaron Wilson.
Students from environmental health course present research on the health impacts of climate change.
Measuring stream flow
Students & faculty in ES courses volunteer at local Household Hazardous Waste Collection 
may term
Field Ornithology May term course visits the Garden of the Gods in Southern Illinois.
Refugio Moreno '21 shares research on African ecosystems and culture for Course Cluster Exhibit


We offer four unique ways to complete the Environmental Studies major.

Students can pursue a General Major in Environmental Studies, expanding upon the core courses required of all majors with additional course work in the natural sciences, human culture and social institutions. The General Major provides the flexibility necessary for those interested in the environment but as yet undecided in their career path, or those interested in the humanities, to pursue their interests and develop a broad base of knowledge in the field.

Alternatively, students can pursue a specialist degree in which they attain in-depth knowledge of a particular area of study through completion of a Concentration in one of three fields: Ecology, Environmental Policy, or International Environmental Sustainability. The Concentrations are designed especially for those who intend to pursue graduate education in environmental science, environmental policy or law, or international sustainable development.


A student who wishes to pursue a disciplinary major, but would like to supplement his or her education with coursework on the environment, should consider pursuing an Environmental Studies Minor.


All students seeking an Environmental Studies degree should consult with the ES Director early in their studies to determine which course of study is most appropriate for achieving their desired goals. All ES majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad or off-campus.