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Environmental Studies

​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.

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.

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.

In addition to a variety of combined degree programs, we offer 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 as few as five years.


Sample Courses:

  • Biology
  • Earth System Science
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Environmental Data Analysis
  • History of Chicago
  • Issues in Environmental Design
  • Philosophy and the Environment
  • Sustainable Development

Program Concentrations/Tracks:

  • Standard
  • Sustainability

Career Options

Common Career Areas:

  • 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


93 percent of 2017 Environmental Studies graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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