Online Bachelor Degree

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We offer a Bachelor's of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree that can be taken on-campus or online. Earth, Society and Environmental Sustainability B.S. students can specialize in environmental consulting, sustainability policy, geographic information science, sustainable business, and more. The online option is available to current and future students of the University of Illinois; and becoming an online ESES bachelor student who are already at the University of Illinois 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.


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.


Graduates from Illinois 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.


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)

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. 

For a full list of degree requirements, visit our Majors Page.