Don't just go green; live green. Prepare for a career in environmental studies. Don't just go green; live green. Prepare for a career in environmental studies. Don't just go green; live green. Prepare for a career in environmental studies. Don't just go green; live green. Prepare for a career in environmental studies. Don't just go green; live green. Prepare for a career in environmental studies.

College of Arts & Sciences

Environmental Studies

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Why choose environmental studies at North Central College?

You won’t just learn about going green—you’ll live green. This major’s rich curriculum includes biology, business, history, literature and philosophy coursework and plenty of opportunities to participate in North Central’s own sustainability efforts. Whether you want to save the planet or save money by conserving resources, environmental studies will enhance virtually any major and prepare you for a career in a government agency, private corporation, nonprofit organization or academic institution.

You can also:

  • Use the campus as your laboratory, studying our green initiatives, such as geothermal heating systems, solar panel arrays and a restored prairie.

  • Make connections to local resources. North Central interacts with two national laboratories, Argonne and Fermi, within 15 miles of campus. Students can gain experience working with the DuPage County Forest Preserve and local environmental nonprofit groups, government agencies and businesses.

  • Make connections to the world. Through our award-winning Center for Global Education, students have many opportunities to study environmental issues around the world. North Central students can research and explore environmental issues in Costa Rica, Australia, Africa, China, Spain and Equatorial Guinea.

  • Apply what you learn. An experiential component requires students to conduct independent research, participate in environmental advocacy or complete an internships to prepare for careers in an environmental or sustainability field.

More Department information

Environmental Studies, Science and the Environment Track, B.A.

Environmental Studies gives students a detailed understanding of complex environmental issues at the local, regional, national and global level using the diverse tools and perspectives of the natural and social sciences, humanities and business. 

For additional information and courses in this program, see Environmental Studies.

Major Requirements

Environmental Studies, Society and the Environment Track, B.A.

Environmental Studies gives students a detailed understanding of complex environmental issues at the local, regional, national and global level using the diverse tools and perspectives of the natural and social sciences, humanities and business. 

For additional information and courses in this program, see Environmental Studies.

Major Requirements

Environmental Studies, Sustainability Track, B.A.

Environmental Studies gives students a detailed understanding of complex environmental issues at the local, regional, national and global level using the diverse tools and perspectives of the natural and social sciences, humanities and business. 

For additional information and courses in this program, see Environmental Studies.

Major Requirements

Environmental Studies Internships and Jobs

A North Central education integrates career preparation with rich academic study. Our faculty encourages you to refine and apply your knowledge in an interconnected world. Here you'll learn to think independently and work globally to solve problems and lead.

Internships

  • Brookfield Zoo, Brookfield, IL
  • Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL
  • Forest Preserve District of DuPage County, Naperville
  • Park Service, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks
  • The Shedd Aquarium, Chicago

Careers

  • Biologist/ecologist
  • Urban and regional planner
  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Teacher/environmental educator
  • Environmental lawyer
     

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