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Environmental Science

Lead Your Generation

The interdisciplinary environmental science program at Valpo offers a rigorous learning experience in the classroom, the laboratory, and the field. Graduate with the scientific foundation, technological tools, critical thinking and communication skills, to lead your generation in a changing world.


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 industrial, residential, and protected natural areas in Northern Indiana and Chicago provide an ideal learning opportunity for students to think critically about land use, pollution, and environmental justice.

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

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.

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.

Scientists in Parks

Brayden Pollvogt graduated from Valparaiso University in Spring 2021 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. He took away rich experiences through research and internships.

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Roaming Researcher

Michelle Lute ‘05, Ph.D., has used her interdisciplinary training to work on wildlife conservation projects around the world.

Mapping The Natural World

Jared O’Brien ’13 is passionate about the intersection of geography and the natural environment — and those interests have now become his day job.