Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Environmental Sustainability bachelor degree programs designed to provide a solid inter-disciplinary base of knowledge then specialize in Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies or Environmental Science with students having the options of choosing concentrations in Food Systems & Sustainable Agriculture, Conservation & Restoration, or Public Health.
Double Majoring in IES
All of the IES majors have a common set of foundational courses (accounting for 35-36 credit hours); the specific major/track is determined by completing at least fifteen credit hours of “additional major requirements” specific to that track. A student who wishes to major in two tracks in IES must complete the common courses required for all majors (including the additional society/ethics/justice course); all of which will count toward both majors that they pursue. However, a student cannot use the same course from the “additional major requirements” section to count for more than one major, that is to say a student may not “double-dip” courses in the “additional requirements” section. The effect of this recommendation is to require students to complete at least fifteen additional hours of course work to earn a second major within IES.
The IES undergraduate programs prepare students for careers in the sustainability field and to live integrated, environmentally sustainable lives by developing their:
- knowledge of both bio-physical and social systems,
- practical skills and experiences necessary for effective work in the sustainability field, and
- ability to integrate scientific knowledge with ethical evaluation and apply their skills toward effective action creating positive societal change.