Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Economics and Sustainability Minor

Description: The Environmental Economics and Sustainability minor is intended to provide students a broad understanding of how the environment and the economy are linked; to prepare students for careers in government,consulting, law and for-profit business by developing skills in, for example, systems thinking, modeling and cost-benefit analysis; to provide students the essential courses in economics and sustainability to prepare for a masters in environmental economics, agricultural economics or environmental management.

Requirements: 6 courses (18 credit hours) -  two Core courses, two Sustainability Electives and two Economics electives - from the lists below. Students can share up to two courses between the minor curriculum and any major or other minor.

Core Classes – 6 credit hours

  • ECON 201 (Principles of Microeconomics)-or-ECON 202 (Principles of Macroeconomics)
  • ENVS 335 (Ecological Economics)-or-ECON 328 (Environmental Economics)

Sustainability Electives – 6 credit hours

  • ENVS 283 (Environmental Sustainability)
  • ENVS 327 (Food Systems Analysis)
  • ENVS 335 (Ecological Economics)
  • ENVS 384 (Conservation Economics)
  • ENVS 388 (Applied Environmental Statistics)

Economics Electives – 6 credit hours

  • ECON 202 (Principles of Macroeconomics)
  • ECON 303 (Intermediate Microeconomics)
  • ECON 320 (Urban Economics)
  • ECON 325 (Economics of Growth & Development)
  • ECON 328 (Environmental Economics)
  • ECON 329 (Health Economics)
  • ECON 346 (Econometrics)

Students wishing to pursue graduate study in applied economics or related field should also take intermediate microeconomics (ECON 303) and the calculus course sequence (MATH 161 and 162).

Please consult with Dr. Melstrom, (BVM Hall 424, rmelstrom@luc.edu) about completing these addtional courses.