The goal of the environmental studies department is to enhance society's ability to create an environmentally acceptable future.

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The mission of the Department of Environmental Studies is to provide students with the advanced interdisciplinary training necessary for solving environmental problems. Graduates of the department are prepared for diverse careers in the environmental field.

The principal emphasis in the M.S. degree is on professional development. The graduate degrees are designed for those who intend to enter the job market for the first time, as well as for midcareer professionals. Faculty work with each student to create a specialized educational plan (developed before or during the first semester of study).

The University of Illinois at Springfield Department of Environmental Studies offers interdisciplinary graduate study in environmental planning and management; general environmental sciences; and sustainable development and policy.

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Departmental Goals and Objectives

Students will acquire knowledge and skills based on three broad learning outcomes:

  1. competency in scientific concepts when studying the environment;
  2. capacity to critically examine environmental issues and apply contributions from the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities for understanding and resolution of environmental issues and concerns; and
  3. ability to demonstrate and integrate knowledge of natural resource policy, regulations, and the current issues in natural resource management.

Career Outlook

Environmental Studies graduates work as environmental planners, environmental policy analysts, resource management specialists, land use and urban planners, environmental protection specialists, and GIS specialists. Exciting new opportunities are developing in the areas of energy conservation, green development, and sustainability management. Graduates work for industry; federal, state, county and municipal governments; not-for-profit agencies, and academia. These are a few of many options available to graduates.

Employers include the Illinois and U.S. Environmental Protection Agencies, the Nature Conservancy, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the World Health Organization, the Illinois Department of Transportation, and the US Army Corp of Engineers.

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Environmental Studies News

Jun 06, 2022
The University of Illinois Springfield provides students with unique learning opportunities at the UIS Field Station at Lake Springfield and the Therkildsen…
Dec 01, 2021
Research on Plastic Bag Legislation, Dr. Megan Styles This past summer, ENS Chair Dr. Megan Styles and PA faculty member Dr. Junfeng Wang, conducted…
Dec 01, 2020
New Intercession Course Offering, Dr. Brandon Derman During the new Winter Intersession term between Fall and Spring semesters, nine students from ENS and…
Nov 14, 2020
GIS Workshop on Mapping COVID-19, Dr. Yun Zhao and Dr. Junu Shrestha On November 14, 2020, the GIS Lab, joined by Junu Shrestha from the UIS Public Health…
Aug 14, 2020
Every summer since 2014, University of Illinois Springfield Environmental Studies Associate Professor Tih-Fen Ting has trekked to Virginia…