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Location: Chicago, Schaumburg
Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Type: Minor

Students pursuing degrees in biology, biochemistry, sustainability studies, or any discipline may take a minor sequence of courses in Environmental Science in order to prepare for a career or explore an interest in addressing the relationship between humans and the environment. The minor is appropriate for individuals who wish to enhance their career prospects in government agencies, environmental law, non-profit organizations, or environmental consulting.

Expectations & Requirements


All students: Begin with introductory PHSC 105 or PHSC 106, which can be taken as early as the first semester with no prerequisites. All students end with the capstone course BIOL 340.

Biology majors: May use one of the courses from their supporting CHEM sequence for their CHEM requirement. This cannot be a course used towards a CHEM minor. Students must take a 300-level BIOL course from the list below OR they may take a SUST course.

Chemistry majors: Take BIOL 202 for their biology requirement. For their CHEM requirement, they will most likely take either one of the listed 300-level BIOL courses or a SUST course.

Majors outside the sciences: Take BIOL 112 for their BIOL requirement and either PHSC 103 or PHSC 250 for their CHEM requirement. These majors must seek the professor's permission to join the capstone course since they will not have taken the requisite CHEM coursework.

Sample Courses

  • Quantitative Ecology and Conservation
  • Tropical Biology Field Course
  • Global Climate Change
  • Biodiversity