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Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies major brings together dedicated faculty from multiple disciplines to provide an interdisciplinary degree with a strong foundation in the natural sciences.  The major is designed for students with an interest in the general environmental issues facing humans, with concern for their social and policy aspects.  Students in the Environmental Studies program will explore multiple disciplines including social science, policy studies, business, environmental design, and the humanities.


The structure of the major encourages students to minor across divisions (social science, business, fine/performing arts, and the humanities).  Through courses, laboratory, and fieldwork, as well as a capstone study, the major provides students with skills and knowledge to address current environmental challenges.  It is designed to prepare students for careers in the non-profit sector, government agencies, sustainability advising, corporate sustainability, environmental education, environmental journalism, pre-law (environmental), and related academic or professional fields.


The Spring 2014 Botany class did research to help decide which species of native plants would be most appropriate for the landscaping around the new science building, Sanders Hall. The main objectives in choosing the plants were that they be native, aesthetically pleasing, and would help to absorb and retain any storm water that runs off the building. The basin behind the building was designed to serve as a vegetated wetland — allowing water to soak into the ground and be taken up by plants, thus replenishing the ground instead of adding to the burdens of the towns storm sewer system. The building received LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification, thanks in part to the native plants!


The Fall 2015 Botany students further researched each of the native plant species and participated in outreach events to get the word out about the benefits of native plants.


Ecology and Conservation Biology

The Ecology and Conservation Biology classes have been participating in an ongoing frog survey at The Nature Conservancy’s constructed wetlands on Franklin Farm near Bloomington-Normal.


Research Methods of Environmental Studies and Environmental Studies Capstone

Students learn how to do research with a focus on helping others in the community. A recent Research Methods class decided to research a topic important to everyone: recycling within the community. The project resulted with a sign posted on Rt. 117 in Eureka to point to the direction of the local recycling center.

Environmental Studies Program Contact

Dr. Katy Everett
Sanders Hall Room 302
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530