Prospective Students

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program which provides the framework to study the relationship between humans and their environment. Society looks to environmental professionals to lead the way in protecting air, water, and soil quality and developing better solutions for the management, conservation, and restoration of our resources. Whether you are interested in public policy, conservation, ecology, or everything in between, the Environmental Studies program at UIS is for you!

What We Offer

The Department of Environmental Studies offers:

Students have the opportunity to earn both the an ENS MS Degree and the graduate GIS certificate completely online. Click here to learn more about our award-winning online degree programs:  ENS Online Graduate Programs

Funding for On-Campus Students

On-campus ENS MS students can receive a tuition waiver and a stipend to fund their education by applying for the Graduate Public Service Internship (GPSI) Program.  Students in this program work part-time for environmentally focused public agencies while working on their degrees. For the last five years, 100% of ENS graduate students who have applied for these internships have been successfully placed with state-agencies, including:

  • the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency,
  • the Illinois Department Natural Resources, and
  • the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Click here to learn more about how to fund your graduate education through the Graduate Public Service Internship Program.

Click here to learn about additional funding and scholarship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students in ENS.

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Click here to learn more about admission requirements and how to apply for the MS or GIS certificate programs: Graduate Admission Requirements and Application Information. 

For undergraduate students interested in the BA degree, talk to your adviser today about how to declare the ENS major.

If you have questions about our programs and how to apply, contact We would be happy to meet with you in person or over the phone.