College of Science and Health > Academics > Environmental Science and Studies > Undergraduate


The Department of Environmental Science and Studies offers two degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies. The department also offers three minors for students majoring in other subjects.

Environmental Science BS
Environmental Studies BA
Environmental Science Minor
Environmental Studies Minor
Sustainability Studies Minor

The Department of Environmental Science and Studies is made up of an experienced group of faculty who have developed academic relationships across disciplines around shared interests in environmental issues. Faculty members are active researchers in soil and wetland science, restoration and urban ecology, atmospheric science, environmental economics, and paleoecology who collaborate with students on projects that are published in scholarly journals.

Internships are available with governmental agencies, environmental organizations, and businesses. Environmental Science and Studies graduates work in a variety of careers with government agencies, corporations and consulting firms, while many also pursue graduate degrees in related fields.

The post-glacial setting, the proximity to Lake Michigan, and the unique urban ecosystem of Chicago all provide abundant opportunities for study. Chicago also provides the opportunity to establish contact with professionals in the field and attend national meetings and seminars. The Institute for Nature and Culture (INC), a research and outreach program within the Department of Environmental Science and Studies, aims to be a center for education, advanced study, experimentation and practice relevant to the relationship between humans and their environment and will provide a framework for the study of a "new environmentalism." ​​