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
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.
A minimum of 43 hours of coursework consisting of the following:
|All of the following:|
|BIO141||Principles of Biology I||4|
|BIO142||Principles of Biology II||4|
|EVS151||Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy||4|
|EVS286||Research Methods in Environmental Studies||3|
|EVS385||Environmental Studies Seminar||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|
|Two of the following:|
|EVS380||Contemporary Laboratory Science||4|