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The Environmental Science major emphasizes the natural sciences, including biology, ecology, chemistry, data analysis, and field methods. The major is designed for students who have a strong interest in ecology and the interactions between humans and the natural world. The structure of this major encourages (but does not require) students to take a minor in Biology or Chemistry, while incorporating interdisciplinary study at Eureka College.
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The Environmental Science major emphasizes these areas:
- Natural Sciences
- Data Analysis
- Field Methods
All students in the Environmental Science program will participate in in-depth research internships in their field of study, preparing them to enter the workforce with applicable skills and knowledge.
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.
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 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.