"Anything is one of a million paths . . . the question is . . . does
this path have a heart?" -- Carlos Castenada
Environmental Science major is intended to give students a broad
yet firm foundation that can be used as a springboard into
graduate/professional school or employment. With career
possibilities ranging from environmental chemistry to wildlife
management to environmental engineering,
it is important for
students as soon as possible to define their interests in the environment.
Depending on a student's specific interests, they can appropriately plan their
elective course work and plan to do research and/or internships along the lines
of their interests.
of this breadth of possibilities, it is
important for students to attempt to define their
specific interests in the environment
early in their undergraduate studies. What is
it they hope to do? environmental monitoring? toxicology? engineering?
natural resource management? advocacy? law? politics? Do they hope to go
directly into employment? or into graduate/professional school? Depending
on the students' specific interests, they can appropriately plan their
elective course work and plan to do research and/or internships along the
lines of their interests.
work and research internships involving environmental problems are available on a
competitive basis. Students have interned with a
variety of organizations including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Illinois
Dept. of Natural Resource fish hatcheries, the Nature Conservancy's Nachusa
Prairie, the Illinois EPA, and the Monmouth wastewater treatment plant.
Potential Careers in Environmental Science
Forestry, Wildlife or
Fisheries Management, Conservation Biology, Environmental Compliance and
Regulation, Environmental Advocacy, Environmental Education, Air or Water
Quality Management, Waste Management, Parks and Outdoor Recreation,