Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

IES Core Requirements

The Institute of Environmental Sustainability offers six undergraduate degree programs, all of which include a broad foundation of 13 courses (35–36 credit hours). The foundation includes a core of 32-33 credit hours plus a 3 credit hour Society, Ethics and Justice course.

The ENVS core is as follows:

ENVS 137 Foundations of Environmental Science I
ENVS 237 Foundations of Environmental Science II
ENVS 238 Foundations of Environmental Science Lab (1 credit hour)
ENVS 280 Principles of Ecology
ENVS 286 Principles of Ecology Lab (1 credit hour)
ENVS 288 Applied Interdisciplinary Data Analysis

STAT 103 Fundamental Statistics or
STAT 203 Statistics

ENVS 284 Environmental Justice or
PHIL 287 Environmental Ethics or
THEO 184 Moral Problems: Ecology Crisis

ECON 328 Environmental Economics (has prerequisite of ECON 201) or
ENVS 335

PLSC 392 Environmental Politics

ENVS 350a STEP: Water (4 credit hours) or
ENVS 350f STEP: Food Systems (4 credit hours) or
ENVS 227r
Ecology of the Mediterranean Sea or
ENVS 281c Environ. Sustainability and Science in China or
ENVS 281v Humans and the Environ. in Contemporary Vietnam or
ENVS 283 Environmental Sustainability or
ENVS 340 Natural History of Belize or
ENVS 345
Conserv. & Sustain. in Neotropical Ecosystems
ENVS 391 Independent Environmental Research or
ENVS 395 Environmental Internship

ENVS 390 Integrative Environmental Seminar

Society, Ethics & Justice(at least one course in addition to the ENVS core)
ENVS 284 Environmental Justice
ENVS 363 Sustainable Business Management
COMM 306 Environmental Advocacy
HIST 292 History of the US Environment
HIST 300 Food, Hunger, and Power in 19th Century Europe
PHIL 287 Environmental Ethics
PSYC 277 Environmental Psychology
SOCL 272 Environmental Sociology
SOCL 276 Sociology and the Politics of Food
THEO 184 Moral Problems: Ecology Crisis
THEO 344 Theology and Ecology

A remaining 15-19 credit hours are needed to complete one of our majors. Options for earning a 5-year B.S. or B.A./M.B.A. dual degree are also available. For specific information and requirements for each major follow the links below.