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As an Environmental Studies major, you will take courses in natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, which will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of human interaction with the natural environment, emerging environmental problems and potential solutions.

Courses in Environmental Studies include:

  • Biology
  • Earth system science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental conservation
  • Environmental data analysis
  • History of Chicago
  • Issues in environmental design
  • Philosophy and the environment
  • Sustainable development
The Environmental Studies program offers both a Standard concentration and a Sustainability concentration, which studies the interdependency among physical, biological, economic and social systems. The Sustainability concentration also offers an Urban Sustainability focus.

Environmental Studies faculty members are active researchers in soil and wetland science, restoration ecology, geology, paleontology, and conservation biology, offering you many opportunities to gain hands-on research experience and collaborate on projects that may be published in scholarly journals.

You can earn a combined bachelor's/master's degree program in Environmental Studies and Sustainable Management. This program allows you to complete a bachelor's degree and a graduate degree in five years.

DePaul's close proximity to Lake Michigan, Chicago's urban ecosystem, as well as the many environmental science conferences that are held in the city, will allow you to interact and work with professionals in the field and learn about important environmental issues.

Internship Possibilities

  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Chicago Department of Environment
  • Chicago Wilderness
  • The Field Museum
  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources
  • Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
  • The Morton Arboretum
  • Museum of Science and Industry



What can you do with this degree?

  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Compliance
  • Ecotourism
  • Education
  • Environmental consulting
  • Groundwater protection
  • International forestry planning
  • Natural resource management
  • Park operations and maintenance
  • Recreation planning
  • Wetlands protection
  • Wildlife data management