Environmental Science

Environmental scientists help develop ways to eliminate and curb environmental damage. Example: environmental scientists were the first to encourage recycling, the use of solar power, and the development of hybrid automobiles.

Program Overview

Our coursework from a variety of related disciplines will prepare you for the vast array of opportunities in this fast-growing field, with career options in corporations and industry, government, research and education. Areas of specialization include environmental ecology, biology, chemistry, conservation, fisheries science and geoscience.

You will be encouraged to explore the many possibilities the Chicago area has to offer. This includes our classes that offer field trips to places such as the Morton Arboretum, Chicago Botanical Garden, the Field Museum of Natural History, the Brookfield Zoo, the Shedd Aquarium and the Museum ofScience and Industry.

General Course Information

In the College of Arts and Sciences at CUC, students can choose to earn a bachelor of science degree by completing 52 required semester hours. The required hours are in core courses in biology, ecology, chemistry, meteorology and climatology, hydrology and physical geology.

Environmental science majors also must complete 2 hours in a seminar in physical science; 3-4 hours through internship; and 10 hours in support courses in general physics, natural resource management and statistics.

For details about required courses, please visit our online catalog.


Students can also take part in opportunities such as Aqualytica, part of the Concordia University Chicago Student Operated Undergraduate Laboratory (SOUL) program. Aqualytica is a community outreach water testing laboratory designed to give students the opportunity to serve community residents by providing analysis of local water samples while gaining real-world experiences in the process.

Along with departmental offerings, Concordia science students participate in consortium-type seminars and botany course experiences through the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area (ACCA), a partnership of 15 liberal arts universities and government laboratories. Students also learn on site at such venerable institutions as Shedd Aquarium and the Morton Arboretum.

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Faculty Within the Department

Career Possibilities

Environmental Analyst


Environmental Spokesperson

Forest Ranger

Natural Resource Specialist


Air Quality Engineer


Soil Scientist


Outdoor Educator


Hazardous Materials Specialist