Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies major brings together dedicated faculty from multiple disciplines to provide an interdisciplinary degree with a strong foundation in the natural sciences.  The major is designed for students with an interest in the general environmental issues facing humans, with concern for their social and policy aspects.  Students in the Environmental Studies program will explore multiple disciplines including social science, policy studies, business, environmental design, and the humanities.

The structure of the major encourages students to minor across divisions (social science, business, fine/performing arts, and the humanities).  Through courses, laboratory, and fieldwork, as well as a capstone study, the major provides students with skills and knowledge to address current environmental challenges.  It is designed to prepare students for careers in the non-profit sector, government agencies, sustainability advising, corporate sustainability, environmental education, environmental journalism, pre-law (environmental), and related academic or professional fields.

Sustainability in (and out of) the Classroom

Environmental Studies Student

Dr. Katy Everett
keverett@eureka.edu
(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:    
CHM121 Survey of Chemistry 4
EVS121 Environmental Biology 4
EVS151W 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
MAT265 Quantitative Methods I 3
Two of the following:    
ART370 Environmentally-Based Art 3
ECO340W Environmental Economics 3
ENG264 Nature Writing: A Field Course 3
ENG274 American Nature Writers 3
HIS225 Global Environmental History 3
One of the following:    
BIO241 Introduction to Botany 4
BIO242 Introduction to Zoology 4
PHS111 Earth Science 4
Two of the following:    
BIO300W Ecology 4
EVS305W Biodiversity Conservation 4
EVS380 Contemporary Laboratory Science 4
EVS495 Environmental Studies Internship or Research Project 2
TOTAL:   43+

A minimum of 20 hours of coursework consisting of the following:

All of the following:    
EVS151W Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy 4
One of the following:    
EVS121 Environmental Biology 4
BIO141W & BIO142 Principles of Biology I & II 8
One of the following:    
BIO300W Ecology 4
EVS305W Biodiversity Conservation 4
EVS385 Environmental Studies Seminar 3
Plus 8-9 hours from the following including at least 3 hours at the 300-level:  
ART370 Environmentally-Based Art 3
BIO241 Introduction to Botany 4
BIO242 Introduction to Zoology 4
BIO300W Ecology 4
BIO380 Contemporary Laboratory Science 4
ECO340W Environmental Economics 3
ENG264 Nature Writing: A Field Course 3
ENG274 American Nature Writers 3
EVS305W Biodiversity Conservation 4
HIS225 Global Environmental History 3
TOTAL:   20