Major In Environmental Studies for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

Environmental Studies is an applied major designed to give students knowledge of and the ability to develop solutions to environmental problems. Students focus on one of two areas:

  1. environmental policy and planning, or
  2. environmental interpretation / education.

Students in option 1 investigate the causes, results, and solutions to environmental problems from a policy perspective. They study regulations influencing environmental protection and degradation; they also gain practical skills useful in the field.

Students in option 2 specialize in community interaction and will qualify for careers as naturalists with parks and other outdoor agencies and as environmental educators in schools and non-profit organizations.

The program culminates with an internship experience in which the student applies knowledge, gains practical experience; it often constitutes a first job in an environmental career. To earn a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies, students must complete 24 credit hours of core requirements and 18 credit hours of approved electives. Up to nine hours of credit from other relevant fields may be accepted toward the major, with advisor approval.

General Education - Distributive Learning Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
6
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)
9

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

9

Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).

9

Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.

At least 3
*

Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.

**

 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.

 

Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements


Major in Environmental Studies requirements 

Required Courses
GES-150Introduction To Environmental Studies3
GES-205Physical Geography3
GES-218Conservation Of Natural Resources3
GES-250Writing Intensive Program: Writing in GES3
GES-374Research Methods3
GES-383Internship In Geography And Environmental Studies3
Select two of the following:6
Environmental Education Seminar
Principles And Methods Of Environmental Interpretation
Environmental & Natural Resources Policy
Sustainable Development
SUBTOTAL24
Approved Electives18
Total Hours42

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for this major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your program advisor. For specific recommendations of courses not identified, please consult your program advisor.

First Year
Term 1Hours
GES-109BFirst Year Experience: Chicago Geographies: Environmental Chicago3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
General Education Course (MATH)3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
GES-150Introduction To Environmental Studies3
ENGL-101Writing I3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
 Term Hours15
Second Year
Term 1
GES-218Conservation Of Natural Resources3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
Elective/Minor3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
GES-205Physical Geography3
General Education Course3
General Education Course3
Minor/Elective3
Minor/Elective3
 Term Hours15
Third Year
Term 1
GES-250Writing Intensive Program: Writing in GES3
Env. Studies Elective3
Env. Studies Short List3
Minor/Elective3
Minor/Elective3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
GES-374Research Methods3
Env. Studies Elective3
Env. Studies Short List3
Minor/Elective3
Minor/Elective3
 Term Hours15
Fourth Year
Term 1
GES-338Sustainable Development3
Env. Studies Elective3
Env. Studies Elective3
Minor/Elective3
Minor/Elective3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
Env. Studies Elective3
Env. Studies Elective3
Env. Studies Elective3
Minor/Elective3
Minor/Elective3
 Term Hours15
 Total Hours: 120