Environmental Science undergrad studying plant life
Environmental Science

Lead Your Generation

Join a class of highly motivated, curious, and inclusive group of students who are passionate about the environment. If you love working outdoors and love helping people, Valpo will get you prepared.

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Unique Location

Northern Indiana is a living laboratory.

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is one of the most ecologically interesting field sites in the nation — and it is just minutes from Valpo’s campus.

The nexus of protected natural areas, industrial zones, and residential communities in the Chicagoland region provide an ideal learning opportunity for students to consider the complex problems and considered solutions.

environmental mapping

Active Classroom

Active learning through practice.

The environmental science program at Valpo offers students a number of ways to apply their knowledge in meaningful ways:

Service opportunities like restoring fish habitats, participating in prescribed burns, working towards environmental justice, reforestation, and invasive species management

Classroom projects like satellite data analysis, environmental mapping, landscape modeling, testing water quality, microplastics research, and monitoring invertebrates for ecological health

Off-campus study in environments as diverse as Costa Rica, Namibia, France, and Australia

Expert Faculty

Expert Faculty

Benefit from diverse expertise.

Environmental challenges aren’t confined by traditional academic boundaries, and the people solving them shouldn’t be, either.

Valpo’s environmental science students get truly interdisciplinary perspective because the program draws on skilled professors of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Economics, Geography, Philosophy, and Psychology.

These faculty guide students in developing their curiosity, knowledge, and their career plans, so that our graduates can be gainfully employed and also live enriching lives through impactful service.

Indiana Dunes

Let’s go on a field trip!

Opportunities for field based courses.

Professor McCool stands on dune at the lakeshore, discussing the geomorphology of the region, and the processes that built this system.