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B.A. ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES


Environmental studies is a multi-disciplinary, problem-oriented major designed to give students knowledge of and solutions to environmental problems. Program majors focus on one of two areas: environmental interpretation/education or the broader area of environmental planning/management. Graduates are prepared to become environmental professionals in positions such as naturalists with parks and other outdoor organizations and environmental educators in camps and social service agencies. Other career options include preparation for employment in areas of environmental planning and management such as: water resources; solid waste; natural areas and ecological restoration; international resource development; and environmental policy and administration. Additional concentrations can be arranged. For an undergraduate handbook, call the department at (773) 442-5640 or print the handbook from these web pages.

Program Objectives (approved 1991)
Students are expected to develop ...
  • knowledge drawn from the natural sciences concerning structure, function, and effect of change in ecosystems; from the social sciences concerning factors that affect natural systems such as population pressures, pollution, resource e utilization, and depletion; from the humanities concerning the relationships of ethics and values to environmental attitudes and behaviors

  • knowledge of interrelationships involving economics, politics, and perceptions in environmental decision making

  • knowledge related to causes of environmental deterioration and constructive efforts to deal with environmental problems in an historical and contemporary context

  • the ability to acquire information through field observations, interviews, and surveys, as well as from maps, aerial photographs, satellite imagery, computerized information, and a variety of other prepared sources

  • analytical skills to process information derived from the above sources

  • the ability to prepare effective oral, written, and graphic presentations

  • the ability to apply relevant theoretical perspectives to actual environmental problems

(The credit hours beyond the core are approved courses geared toward environmental specialties.  Since these specialties vary (e.g., water or air quality, environmental interpretation, open space planning, energy management, etc.) programs are tailored individually for students.  Thus, in addition to the above objectives, students are expected to acquire specialized knowledge and skills related to concentrations in the program).


Course Requirements

CORE PROGRAM - 18 hours

G&ES 150: Introduction to Environmetal Studies ..........................(3 cr hr)

G&ES 205: Physical Geography I: Fundamentals ...........................(3 cr hr)

G&ES 250: Writing in Geography & Environmental Studies.............(3 cr hr)*

G&ES 218: Conservation of Natural Resources .............................(3 cr hr)

G&ES 383: Internship in G&ES ...................................................(3 cr hr)

G&ES 374: Research Methods ....................................................(3 cr hr)

TWO of the following

  • G&ES 307: Environmental Education Seminar...................................(3 cr hr)
  • G&ES 309: Principles and Methods of Environmental Interpretation...(3 cr hr)
  • G&ES 319: Environmental and Natural Resources Policy..................(3 cr hr)
  • G&ES 338: Sustainable Development ..............................................(3 cr hr)

APPROVED ELECTIVES to 42 hours

TOTAL 42 cr hours

Note: the requirements changed significantly Fall 2008. Students admitted to the major prior to that time may refer to the program requirements of the catalog at that time, unless they prefer to change to the new ones.

*The writing course is required of students admitted to the University Fall 2008 or later. Students declaring a major before Fall of 2008, please speak to an advisor to learn of your other options.


Here is a list of G&ES courses with those which automatically satisfy an elective for the Environmental Studies major indicated with a checkbox under ES.


This page has been reformatted for printing. See http:/www.neiu.edu/~deptges for the entire site.