Environmental Science, B.S.

Make the world a better place.

Learn how to conserve nature's ecosystems and create a sustainable society.

Human consumption of our planet's natural resources is a real problem.
Air, water and soil pollution. Habitat degradation. Localized overpopulation. Poverty. The growing demand of our nonrenewable natural resources.

Human ingenuity is the solution.
As the world begins to shift toward alternative energy technologies and new conservation strategies, students with Environmental Science degrees are being called on to design, restore and maintain these sustainable systems.

Why Lewis for Your Environmental Science Degree?
As an Environmental Science degree student at Lewis, you will study the interactions of the biological, chemical and physical processes of the Earth - learning how the complex systems of the planet operate, the relationship between man and nature, and how to design systems that minimize human interference and restore nature's sustainable ecosystems.

Upon graduation, you will be ready to hit the ground running in a career as an Environmental Scientist within local and state conservation or environmental protection agencies, performing investigations in conservation biology, forestry, fisheries and atmospheric sciences. Plus, many of our students develop a passion for an advanced degree in geographic information systems (GIS), ecology, conservation biology, natural resource management, environmental biology or foresty, and move on to graduate school straight after Lewis. Learn more about your career options with an Environmental Science degree.

Our Success Stories
Our recent graduates have gone on to ecological, sustainability and graduate school placements through:
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Illinois Audubon Society
  • Morton Arboretum
  • Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies
  • Duke University
  • Ohio State University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Activism vs. Conservationism
Students tend to enter the field of Environmental Science because of their passion. But there is a difference between shouting and doing. At Lewis, you will learn to "do" by discovering your passions and learning how to make them happen through:
  • Internships and volunteer opportunities with local non-profit environmental organizations and government agencies
  • Course options at the Morton Arboretum and the John G. Shedd Aquarium
  • Undergraduate research
Plus, choose a curriculum track that focuses on your specific career goals and professional interests:
  • Ecology
    • Learn how ecosystems function. Appreciate biodiversity. Understand the significance of the human ecological footprint.
  • Sustainability
    • Biomimicry. LEED. Green solutions. Learn how cities and companies alike can practice sustainable stewardship.
Environmental Science, B.A.
Most commonly taken as part of a double major or along with multiple minors, the Environmental Science, B.A. is designed for students who plan on working with non-profits, or plan to study Environmental Law. This degree does not require coursework in Biometry, Organic Chemistry or Calculus.

Environmental Science Minor
A popular choice for business, pre-law, chemistry and political science majors, an Environmental Science minor will provide you with a solid background in environmental issues.

Student Talk

  • Corey Anco

    "Lewis provided me with the opportunities necessary to begin a career in wildlife conservation and management. While at Lewis, I worked for the Forest Preserve District of Kane Country and Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, positions which provided with professional and ecological application experience and prepared me for my master's degree program at Duke."

  • Amber Kowal

    "With my aspirations to improve the environment, Lewis provided me with a strong background of various environmental issues that has strengthened my desire for constructive change and allowed me to pursue a career in the field of conservation."

  • Mark Melka

    "Dr. Kavouras is a great instructor and advisor concerning my future career goals. I am constantly presented with opportunities for volunteer positions as well as paid internships in the environmental sector."

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