Environmental Science

Biology Department Travel Courses

Field research is the best way to see environmental science in action. Every year, North Parkers embark on research trips to exotic locations around the world. Trips that explore the tropical ecology of Costa Rica, watershed biology in Ethiopia, or the prairie and ranch resources of South Dakota provide hands-on experiences that environmental science majors will find invaluable. Accompanied by their professors, students are immersed in the ecology and culture of their travel destinations, and consult with local experts to enrich their learning. More about travel courses

Environmental Science
Why Study Environmental Science?

The future of our planet’s health will depend on professionals who can assess and solve our most pressing environmental problems. Environmental science will teach you about our natural world and how to live sustainably within it. Students can pursue careers that involve animal observation, plant survey work, population analysis, plant restoration, education, and data and statistical analysis, or graduate work in conservation biology, ecological restoration, or ecological research.

Why Choose North Park

Why North Park?

Our program provides a strong foundation in the life sciences and an understanding of Christian stewardship of the environment. We will help you get the resume-building experiences you need through: domestic and international travel courses with unique field experiences; additional course offerings through partnerships with the Au Sable Institute and the Associated Colleges of the College Area; excellent internships; and support for summer undergraduate research opportunities.


Earn up to 4 credits toward your major by completing an internship in environmental science work. Our students have interned at organizations that include:

Learn more about your options through the Office of Career Development and Internships.


  • Chicago Botanic Garden
  • Friends of the Chicago River
  • Morton Arboretum
  • The Field Museum
  • Shedd Aquarium
Environmental Science’s New Home

Environmental science students will now study in the new Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life, a 101,000-square-foot facility equipped built to meet LEED-certification standards for environmental responsibility in construction and operation. This new hub of scientific life at North Park provides both lab and practical-learning opportunities as students explore stewardship and sustainability.

More about the Johnson Center

Roof of Johnson Center
Meet the Faculty

Alan Bjorkman’s own undergraduate experience at North Park introduced him to the wonders of nature. Now he is inspiring his environmental studies students while providing the academics and experiential learning opportunities they need to boost their resumes.

Read more about Dr. Bjorkman.

Alan Bjorkman, Biology professor
Interesting Classes
  • Tropical Ecology of Costa Rica
  • Marine Biology of the Bahamas
  • Economic Botany
  • Ecology
  • Animal Behavior
  • Natural History of Vertebrates
  • Native Plants of the Great Lakes Region
Biology Department Honors Club

Every spring, a new group of high-achieving students from majors in the Biology Department, including environmental science, are invited to join the Tri-Beta Biology Honor Club. Members gather regularly for meals, research discussions, outdoor exploration, guest speakers, and trips.