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.

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.

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:

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.

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

All of this culminates in the senior capstone, when students synthesize the knowledge they have learned while applying it to novel situations. Students can meet this requirement through internships, co-op placements, independent research, and other high-level experiences.

Morgan Henry

Stumbling onto a career path

For Morgan Henry ’14, a chance drive past a research station evolved into an eye-opening summer internship.

michelle lute

Roaming Researcher

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


Getting Into The Habitat

Through service projects, Associate Professor of Biology Laurie Eberhardt ensures her students apply the skills they learn in the classroom.

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.