Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Fall 2017 Special Course Offerings

This one-credit course introduces students to the different types of environmental professions that exist and what kinds of skills and personality traits are best suited for professions in policy, science,
business, community organizing, etc. It is designed to help students begin developing a network in the profession, and to start them thinking about what area of the profession they might want to pursue so they can more intentionally select appropriate internships, elective courses, and class projects that will enhance their knowledge, skills and experience in their chosen field.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop job hunting and general communication skills specific to environmental fields – including resumes and e-portfolios, cover letters, professional presentations, and general public speaking.
  2. Gain an overview of the different career paths in environmental sustainability fields from sciences to social sciences to business and how to design a curriculum to achieve individual goals.

The class will include numerous guest speakers from the environmental professions. All ENVS students are strongly encouraged to take the class which we now hope to offer every semester.

Nancy Tuchman, PhD
IES Founding Dean
Thursday 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
IES, Room 111
Contact Rachel Leamon 

This course engages issues of diversity of peoples, economic classes, religious groups and vast differentials in nations and classes in terms of their respective ecological footprints and their relative contributions to climate change. The course is divided into six units, each devoted to a study of the science, ethics, and spirituality that can inform actions in response to each of earth’s six threats:

  1. Global atmospheric warming and climate change;
  2. Habitat fragmentation and biodiversity loss;
  3. Exhaustive natural resource extraction;
  4. Continued fossil-fuel energy use;
  5. Diminishing fresh water availability and quality; and
  6. Food insecurity resulting from climate change and land development.

The need to act personally, socially, and globally for the well-being of earth’s environment is indisputable. Our lives and the lives of future human and non-human generations depend on it.

  • Tier 2 Theological & Religious Studies Knowledge
  • Can fulfill an ENVS Core & ENVS Society requirement
  • Can fulfill Ethics & Justice requirement
  • 3-credit course
Michael Schuck, PhD
Theology Professor
Monday 4:15 - 6:45 p.m.
Cuneo Hall, Room 217
Contact Dr. Schuck 

This course examines how policy interacts with race and class to affect different people’s access to a clean, safe and productive environment. It reviews history of the environmental justice movement, and community, policy and legal responses. The course will develop students’ ability to work across diverse social groups to advance environmental justice and sustainability. Students will understand forces that have led to people of different race and class being affected differently by environmental benefits and burdens, as well as the strategies for addressing environmental injustices.

  • 2 sections
  • 3-credit course
Tania Schusler, PhD
IES Advanced Lecturer
STEP Coordinator
001 - TuTh 10:00 - 11:15 a.m.
002 - Tu 4:15 - 6:45 p.m.
001 - IES, Room 111
002 - IES, Room 110
Contact Dr. Schusler


  • Get centered in current environmental topics and issues.
  • Learn how to report on environmental stories responsibly and ethically.
  • Add the skills of writing, producing video and audio, and photography.
  • Become a force for change. Report on “the most important stories in the world.”

Who can take this course?

This course has no pre-requisites and is open to all majors. This class is writing-intensive and good writing skills are recommended. Dr. Connie Fletcher, who teaches journalism in the School of Communication and who is listed in the Princeton Review’s “Top 300 Professors in the U.S.,” is teaching this course.


Connie Fletcher
Associate Professor
School of Communication  

Time: Location: Questions: 
Contact Dr. Fletcher 

Developing solutions to local and global food problems requires an understanding of how individuals make decisions in market settings. After reviewing the dramatic changes in agricultural economies over the past century and potential limits to growth, the course will examine economic theories of behavior in food markets. Specific topics will include marketing strategies the industry uses to sell food products, and recent research on consumer food preferences, including the effects of mandatory labeling (e.g. for GMOs) and strategic product placement (e.g. junk food in schools) on consumption. Course readings will be complemented with analysis of actual market data, to provide hands-on experience with interpreting and using economic models of food systems. By the end of the course, students will understand the forces of supply and demand in food markets, have experience with economic statistics to answer fundamental questions on the outcomes observed in food systems, and have the competences needed to communicate about the modern food industry.

  • Prerequisites: STAT 103 & ECON 201 or 202
  • Can substitute for ENVS 327
  • 3-credit course

Richard Melstrom
MWF 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Cuneo Hall, Room 302
Contact Dr. Peterson 

Hydrology deals with questions concerning the most basic resource on the planet - water. Hydrology is the study of water; its movement between the atmosphere; water bodies and soil; its distribution between these reservoirs, and its quality. You might be familiar with the water cycle, and a quantitative and qualitative study of water at different stages of the cycle is what hydrology deals with, however the focus of this class is how all these components are

Topics covered in this class include – precipitation processes, evaporation and transpiration, groundwater flow, surface flow, and water resource management. Given the growing world-wide challenges associated with both the quantity and quality of water resources (scarcity of water leading to droughts, and an abundance of water leading to floods) this class aims to provide students with a broad skill set that will enable them to deal with both the theoretical
and practical scientific problems that surround our water resources.


  • Enrollment Requirement: Junior/Senior Standing
  • 3-credit course

Gajan Sivandran, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor,Engineering Science

MWF 10:25 - 11:15 a.m.
Flanner Hall, Room 105
Contact Dr. Sivandran