Environmental Science

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.

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.  Through courses, laboratory, and fieldwork, as well as internships and a capstone study, the major provides students with skills and knowledge to address current environmental challenges.  The Environmental Science major is ideal for students who want carers in fields including ecosystem protection, restoration and management, conservation biology, wildlife ecology, water resources, and pollution abatement.  Graduates of this major will be prepared to hold positions in the non-profit sector, government agencies, and private businesses.

Sustainability in (and out of) the Classroom

Environmental Studies

Dr. Katy Everett
(309) 467-6445 
Sanders Hall Room 302
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530

Our Faculty in Action

What’s stopping you?  Variability of interstate highways as barriers for four species of terrestrial rodents

Dr. Cecilia Hennessy, et al., Ecosphere, July 2018

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.

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.

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.

Although not focused solely on sustainability, students have taken part in the American Gut Project, which takes waste samples from people across the country to sequence the DNA of the microbes that inhabit their guts.

A minimum of 43 hours of coursework consisting of the following:

All of the following:    
BIO141W Principles of Biology I 4
BIO142 Principles of Biology II 4
EVS151 Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy 4
EVS260 Sustainability 3
EVS286 Research Methods in Environmental Studies 3
EVS385 Environmental Studies Seminar 3
EVS426 Senior Capstone 3
EVS495 Internship or Research Project 1-3
MAT265 Quantitative Methods I 3
One of the following:    
CHM121 Survey of Chemistry 4
CHM131 & 132 General Chemistry I & II 8
One of the following:    
BIO241 Introduction to Botany 4
BIO242 Introduction to Zoology 4
BIO281 Animal Behavior 3
CHM250 Quantitative Analysis 4
PHS111 Earth Science 4
Two of the following:    
BIO300W Ecology 4
EVS305W Biodiversity Conservation 4
EVS380 Contemporary Laboratory Science 4
TOTAL:   43+