ESES Students in Dixon Springs, IL
Online Bachelor of Science in
Earth, Society & Environmental Sustainability
Welcome Online ESES Majors

As of Fall 2012, the Earth, Society and Environmental Sustainability program now offers an online Bachelor's of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree. Our future depends on understanding the interactions between the environment, society, and economy. Gain these expertise with an ESES degree, which can be completed online if you have at least a semester of prior college-level coursework. ESES students can specialize in environmental informatics, sustainable business, sustainability policy, and more. Students wishing to undertake the program must apply to the University of Illinois as transfer students. All prior credit earned through the ENSU certificate can be applied to the ESES BS degree if you transfer to the program.

University of Illinois Degree

The online degree is the same degree as taken by on-campus students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, only the method of instruction is different. The University of Illinois is a top-ten public institution, and is the flagship University of Illinois. You'll have the same world-class professors, courses, resources and B.S. degree as our 150 on-campus majors. You'd be attending the 2nd oldest university in Illinois, a founding member of the Big Ten Conference. We're considered a Public Ivy; and our undergraduate program is ranked by US World and News as the 45th best program in the country. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The program is delivered through a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, and the School of Earth, Society, and Environment.

University of Illinois Opportunities

Graduates from UIUC are recruited from companies across the nation. The ESE degree celebrated its first complete graduating class in May of 2011. Our students have gone on to graduate programs across the country - in Medicine, Law, Biology, Public Affairs, Journalism and more - and careers for organizations large and small, including positions in environmental consulting, business consulting, sustainability management, teaching, wetlands restoration, the Peace Corps and environmental engineering.

Transfer: flexibility and choice

The major is set up to allow students with a wide variety of backgrounds to complete the degree. There is a choice of two concentrations:

  1. Science in the Earth System (for those with a natural science background/focus)
  2. Society and Environment (more flexible, for those with a social sciences or general background)

Transferring students could complete in two regular academic years (full-time) regardless of start date. There are over 60 advanced hours available for the online major, and hundreds more elective and general education options from across the campus. All required courses are offered every two years, and many introductory courses are offered online too. It is highly recommended that students take some foreign language before transferring, as two 3rd levels or one 4th level of a foreign language are required for graduation. It is beneficial if some of the introductory concentration coursework is completed before transferring, as not all introductory coursework can be taken online (such as sciences with labs, for example).

Students considering the “Science of the Earth System” concentration should take an introductory chemistry (with lab), physics (with lab), calculus 1 and any statistics course. These are CHEM 102+103, PHYS 101 or 211, MATH 220 or 221 at the University of Illinois. Any statistics course is acceptable. Students considering the “Society and Environment” concentration should take microeconomics (referred to as ECON 102 at the University of Illinois), a statistics course, and up to 3 fundamental social science or humanities courses ranging from social geography, anthropology, political science, sociology to philosophy. Visit our application page to learn more about transferring to the University of Illinois.