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Environmental Studies Degree

Environmental Studies Program

Environmental Studies Degree

Develop informed positions on current environmental problems from a variety of perspectives.

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The current diversity and distribution of life on earth is dependent on the unique and highly dynamic environment of our planet. As human impact on the natural world and its resources reaches unprecedented levels, leaders throughout the world seek sustainable solutions. Scientifically sound environmental literacy is now in high demand as the general public becomes inundated with environmental problems such as:

  • Climate change
  • Pollution
  • Water availability
  • Fuel costs
  • Species loss



Why a B.A. Degree in Environmental Studies?

One of today’s most crucial issues is the impact of humans on the natural world and its resources. As world leaders seek sustainable solutions to climate change, pollution, water availability, fuel costs, and species loss, the need for knowledgeable individuals in Environmental Studies is rising. McKendree’s bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies will equip you with the skills to develop informed positions on environmental problems and work toward their resolutions.




Photo of Holman LibraryAbout the Environmental Studies Major

Housed under the Division of Science and Mathematics, the B.A. in Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that incorporates aspects of biology, economics, ethics, and social science to give you a broad perspective on issues of environmental concern. You’ll learn the scientific basis for environmental problems and analyze potential solutions while examining different world views that shape people’s attitudes and actions toward the environment.

2023-2024 Program Catalog

A minor in Environmental Studies is also available.





Photo of McKendree's Entryway MonumentWhy McKendree?

McKendree University provides you with interactive learning opportunities through our small class sizes, experienced faculty, and unique internship experiences that move you beyond the classroom. We are committed to your success in the degree programs we offer, the internships and extracurricular activities that will set you apart, and the college experience you’ll get here. Just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, Missouri, McKendree University is located in historic Lebanon, Illinois, and affords students a host of enriching cultural, career, and entertainment opportunities.



Program Highlights


  • As a member of the Illinois Sustainable University Compact, McKendree is committed to attaining environmental goals, including using renewable energy, implementing green building practices, developing sustainable transportation options, improving water conservation, and incorporating sustainable dining practices.

  • Broad curriculum includes courses in biology, economics, ethics, and social sciences.

  • Related student clubs allow you to meet others, have fun, and build your resume.

  • Exciting internship opportunities give you firsthand experience even before graduation.




Internship Opportunities

Our students have a history of interning with many institutions, such as:

  • St. Louis Zoo

  • Environmental Protection Agency

  • Treehouse Wildlife Center

  • St. Louis County Parks

  • U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

  • Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police




Photo of McKendree Seal MarkerEmployment Opportunities


Graduates in Environmental Studies are prepared for a number of careers in:

  • Environmental Science

  • Business

  • Economics

  • Journalism

  • Policy

  • Law

  • Public Health

  • Global Warming

  • Energy Systems

As society embraces the green movement, more careers are now focused on environmental awareness and concerns. Employers across government, non-profit, and commercial industries are looking for employees who can implement green technology and environmental planning strategies.




What Our Students & Alumni Are Saying


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My experience in the Environmental Studies program was magnificent due in large part to the amazing faculty and staff at McKendree. They’re approachable, friendly, and provide a learning environment that is comfortable and free of judgment. Environmental Studies has allowed me to resolve complex issues using problem solving skills that could have only been developed in this interdisciplinary curriculum.”

~ Zach Haselhorst '13, Project Manager, Environmental Consulting LLC

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Through the personable one-on-one attention from the professors within the Environmental Studies program, I received invaluable knowledge that helped me develop skills that are continually advancing me in my career.”

~ Jason Miller '13, Resident Assistant, Plants of Concern at Chicago Botanic Garden




Interesting Courses


  • Environmental Economics

  • Conservation Biology

  • United States Environmental History



Club Information


  • Green Team - This student organization focuses on campus and community-wide issues related to the environment and sustainability. Members raise awareness through various service projects and “green” efforts on and around campus, while empowering people with information and the opportunity to make a positive difference in the world.

  • Biology Club - The Biology Club plans social activities for any students interested in Biology, including outings and behind-the-scenes tours at the St. Louis Zoo and the St. Louis Science Center.



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