Program Coordinator: Dr. Martha Bohrer
Environmental Studies Faculty
Environmental Studies prepares students for future roles as citizens, scientists, business people or policy makers who have learned to assess and address the multiple social, cultural and economic causes and effects of environmental problems. This cross-college program teaches students to evaluate arguments about environmental issues from varied perspectives and integrate multiple disciplines to develop, assess and institute potential solutions.
A total of 21 credit hours is required for this minor. Students explore scientific and technical environmental problems and their historical background, cultural circumstances and ethical implications, by taking nine credit hours distributed equally across three core areas: Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences. They may then focus on their particular area of interest as they take nine more credit hours from the list of electives. ENV 300 is an interdisciplinary exploration of particular environmental case studies and is the capstone course required for all minors.
Special Study Opportunities
Morton Arboretum — The College maintains this affiliation through the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area. Located nearby in Lisle, Illinois, Morton Arboretum offers courses in botany, soil science, ecology and related areas in which North Central students may enroll for credit. Specific courses are announced annually, with key courses repeating on a two-year cycle. Information is available from the Department of Biology. Registration is arranged through the Office of the Registrar.
Shedd Aquarium — The College maintains this affiliation through the Associated Colleges of the Chicago Area. Located in downtown Chicago, the Shedd Aquarium is truly one of the world's best aquariums and offers a variety of courses for credit in both freshwater and marine biology, some of which include trips to the Caribbean. Detailed information is available from the biology faculty. Registration is arranged through the Office of the Registrar.
Study Abroad — Numerous opportunities are available for study abroad in Environmental Studies programs. Detailed information is available from International Programs. Credit toward the minor may be arranged in consultation with the coordinator of Environmental Studies and the Registrar.