Environmental Science Program

St. Francis was known for his love for all living things.

At the University of St. Francis, there is no greater opportunity to follow St. Francis’ footsteps than the bachelor of science degree in Environmental Science. Respect of the environment, compassion for all organisms and stewardship are key components to the Environmental Science program.


Please touch

Don’t touch isn’t part of the vocabulary in the Environmental Science program where faculty members expect students to be hands on—in the lab and in the field. If you are fascinated by plants and animals, about how they evolved and interact; if you are excited at the thought of designing experiments, collecting samples and data and pulling it all together to seek the highest meaning, then Environmental Science is for you.

Sure there are mosquitoes, poison ivy, snow, rain and heat but nothing beats field work!

The wonders of the nearby Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie and the Morton Arboretum are just two of the living laboratories where USF students learn and work. Students conduct field research at Midewin, one of the largest prairie restoration projects ever undertaken where USF has even adopted a wetlands. The Morton Arboretum is well-known for the work of its researchers and environmentalists. To provide students with real-world learning, USF has teamed up with Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi Lab, Shedd Aquarium, Will County Forest Preserve and more.

When you come back from the field, you’ll work with lab equipment that is the same as what professional scientists use. USF’s Biology and Chemistry labs are state of the art, housing an O2/CO2 respirometer, multiple UV-Vis spectrophotometers, a microplatereader, PCR technology, FT-IR,GC-MS and FT-NMR spectrophotometers. All of this means that your time is well spent collecting, analyzing and synthesizing data.