Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Sustainable Society and Business Courses

Students will take at least two courses from more than 45 courses we offer in environmental sciences and quantitative methods. Select courses based on your particular interests; many also count toward the required concentration areas.

Required Core Course

ENVS 402 - Sustainable Systems: Social Perspectives

The solutions to environmental problems require understanding social and economic approaches to sustainable development. Explore the social science, debates, and practical examples behind the application of environmental sustainability goals. Learn the tools used in evaluating and implementing development strategies that are sustainable.

Courses in Environmental Health

    MPBH 407 - Public Health Policy: Concepts and Practice

Courses in Natural Resources Conservation

ENVS 410 - Environmental Law & Policy (online)

This introduction to environmental law introduces the legal process and surveys critical federal environmental statutes, rules, and regulations in the United States and regionally. Students will consider important case law decided under statutes; interaction between federal, state, and local jurisdictions; and impacts on air, land, water, and natural resources. Students learn how the natural environment is controlled, managed, and promoted through the legal system and how those systems impact social justice and the environment. ENVS 410 is strongly recommended as the first course in this sequence

ENVS 411 - Natural Resources and Land Use Law & Policy (online)

This course focuses on the legal and policy processes used to govern pollution, endangered species, toxic substances, and environmental impact and risk. Students learn how land resources are controlled, managed, promoted and manipulated through the legal system and how land use laws and policy impact social and economic issues.

ENVS 412 - Water Law & Policy (online)

This course looks at how the law and policy allocates and protects one of our most crucial natural resources -- water. The course will look at the political development and regulation of water ownership and use and how those decisions impact current environmental and socio-economic issues. Students will learn how key laws and policies impact protection and use of water in the United States and understand key legal concepts that shape the management of our water resources.

ENVS 413 - Energy Law & Policy (online)

This course looks at the laws that shape traditional energy production and the growing regulation of renewable and sustainable energy. Students will learn how key laws and policies impact production and use of energy, how energy is controlled by federal and local regulations and policies and how those political and regulatory decisions influence socio-economic issues.

ENVS 483 - Human Dimensions of Conservation

This course will increase student knowledge of the social, political, economic, psychological, and cultural dimensions that influence the success of conservation projects and develop skills in conducting human dimensions-inquiry using surveys, interviews, observation, and/or participatory methods. It will contribute to preparation for employment in the conservation field and/or graduate study. Outcomes: Students will understand the importance of treating the human dimensions of conservation problems with the same scientific rigor customarily given to the ecological dimensions.

Courses in Environmental Data Analysis

    PSYC 486 - Methods of Program Evaluation

    SOCL 412 - Qualitative Methods in Social Research

Courses in Environmental Law and Policy

    ENVS 410 – Introduction to Environmental Law & Policy (online)

    This introduction to environmental law introduces the legal process and surveys critical federal environmental statutes, rules, and regulations in the United States and regionally. Students will consider important case law decided under statutes; interaction between federal, state, and local jurisdictions; and impacts on air, land, water, and natural resources. Students learn how the natural environment is controlled, managed, and promoted through the legal system and how those systems impact social justice and the environment. ENVS 410 is strongly recommended as the first course in this sequence

    ENVS 411 - Natural Resources and Land Use Law & Policy (online)

    This course focuses on the legal and policy processes used to govern pollution, endangered species, toxic substances, and environmental impact and risk. Students learn how land resources are controlled, managed, promoted and manipulated through the legal system and how land use laws and policy impact social and economic issues.

    ENVS 412 - Water Law & Policy (online)

    This course looks at how the law and policy allocates and protects one of our most crucial natural resources -- water. The course will look at the political development and regulation of water ownership and use and how those decisions impact current environmental and socio-economic issues. Students will learn how key laws and policies impact protection and use of water in the United States and understand key legal concepts that shape the management of our water resources.

    ENVS 413 - Energy Law & Policy (online)

    This course looks at the laws that shape traditional energy production and the growing regulation of renewable and sustainable energy. Students will learn how key laws and policies impact production and use of energy, how energy is controlled by federal and local regulations and policies and how those political and regulatory decisions influence socio-economic issues.

    MPP 400 - Policy Design and Analysis

    MPP 404 - The Public Policy Process

Courses in Sustainable Society and Business

    ENVS 432 - Industrial Ecology

    Industrial ecology combines business, environment, & engineering to shift industrial processes from linear (open loop) systems, where resources move through the system to become waste, to circular (closed loop) systems where waste becomes inputs for new processes. Students will learn life cycle assessment (LCA) to measure environmental impacts. Outcomes: Students will understand how business and industry can create zero waste systems, how a circular economy works, and the tools of industrial ecology, including life cycle assessment.

    ENVS 436 - Biomimicry - Design Inspired by Nature

    This course provides an introduction to biomimicry (or biomimetics) and the application of biomimicry design principles. Biomimicry is the design of business products, processes, and systems modeled after nature’s wisdom. In biomimicry, nature serves as the design inspiration for sustainable solutions to solve complex human problems. Outcomes: Students will learn the concept of biomimicry and life principles, be able to identify examples, apply biomimicry design principles, and view nature as model, mentor, and measure.

    ENVS 454 - Sustainability Plan Development & Reporting

    This is the capstone course in the four-course Concentration on Sustainability Assessment & Planning. Using concepts and methodology learned through the other three courses, students will create a comprehensive sustainability plan including stakeholder engagement, life cycle analyses, set resource baselines, short- and long-term sustainability goals, budgets, as well as a draft sustainability plan for a representative entity. Students will learn best practices to inspire and engage partners and stakeholders to advance environmental sustainability in different types of organizations. This course teaches students how to create a comprehensive sustainability plan for organizations and institutions. ENVS 451, 452, 453 prerequisites.

    ENVS 463 - Sustainable Business Management

    Course introduces students to the emerging field of sustainability in business and the growing focus on the social, environmental, and economic performance of businesses. The course presents the scientific, ethical, and business cases for adopting sustainability. Outcomes: Students will understand the dimensions of sustainability; understand economics for sustainability; understand the tools and techniques to apply sustainability in each functional area of the business.

    ENVS 464 - Sustainability Management in the Global Context

    This study abroad course takes students to international destinations to learn about business and sustainability management in the global context. Students hear presentations from local experts on sustainability in government, nonprofit, & for-profit entities, visit entities that have adopted sustainability practices, & visit local cultural sites. Outcomes: Students will understand sustainability perspectives outside the U.S., practical examples of circular operations and strong sustainability, and global, regional, and local sustainability concerns.

    PSYC 461 - Attitude and Attitude Change

    SOCL 446 - Knowledge, Power & Expertise

    SOCL 463 - Society & Natural Environment

Upon Prior Approval Only

    ENVS 491 - Independent Environmental Research

    Students may register for independent research on a topic mutually acceptable to the student and any professor in the department. Usually this research is directed to a particular course or to the research of the professor.

    ENVS 498 - Special Topics

    Specific titles and contents vary from semester to semester. Variable credit hours.

    ENVS 498L - Special Topics with Lab

    Specific titles and contents vary from semester to semester. Includes a lab component. Variable credit hours.

    ENVS 499 – Directed Readings

    Directed by an IES faculty member, students will read, analyze, and discuss publications focusing on different aspects of a specific environmental issue or theme. Outcomes: Students will demonstrate comprehension of, and the ability to apply information from scientific literature and be able to synthesize information to produce a cogent, synthetic analysis of their topic based on these readings.