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Loyola University Chicago’s School of Environmental Sustainability offers six bachelor’s degree programs designed to prepare tomorrow’s sustainability leaders to take on critical environmental challenges and create a more just and sustainable future. All students gain a solid inter-disciplinary knowledge base in the scientific and societal aspects of sustainability. Students then specialize in environmental studies, policy, or science, selecting one of the following majors.  

Curriculum overview

All SES majors share 10 core courses (26 to 27 credit hours). The BS degrees require 10 to 13 additional courses (20 to 29 credit hours) in biology and chemistry. Each major includes 18 to 24 credit hours of electives. These electives allow students to choose courses from an approved list of options. 

A student who wishes to double major within SES must complete the common core courses required for all majors. These credits will count toward both majors. Within the electives for each major, a student must earn at least 15 unique credit hours. 

In addition to the standard coursework, students learn through hands-on projects, faculty-mentored independent research, community service, and internships, developing practical skills and experiences necessary for effective work in the sustainability field. 

Core Courses

  • ENVS 137 Foundations of Environmental Science
  • IENVS 200 Environmental Careers and Professional Skills
  • ENVS 203 Environmental Statistics
  • ENVS 280 Principles of Ecology
  • ENVS 286/286s Principles of Ecology Lab

Justice and Ethics Choice (choose one):

  • ENVS 284 Environmental Justice
  • PHIL 287 Environmental Ethics
  • THEO 204 Religious Ethics and the Ecological Crisis
  • PLSC 392 Environmental Politics

Economics Choice (choose one):

  • ENVS 335 Ecological Economics
  • ECON 328 Environmental Economics

Engaged Learning Choice (choose one): 

 
  • ENVS 226 Science and Conservation of Freshwater Ecosystems
  • ENVS 227r Ecology of the Mediterranean Sea
  • ENVS 267 Bird Conservation and Ecology
  • ENVS 273 Energy & the Environment
  • ENVS 281v Humans and the Environment in Contemporary Vietnam
  • ENVS 283 Environmental Sustainability
  • ENVS 340 Natural History of Belize
  • ENVS 345 Conservation & Sustainability in Neotropical Ecosystems
  • ENVS 350a STEP: Water
  • ENVS 350b STEP: Biogas
  • ENVS 350c STEP: Climate Action
  • ENVS 350f STEP: Food Systems
  • ENVS 391 Independent Environmental Research
  • ENVS 395 Environmental Internship

Loyola University Chicago’s School of Environmental Sustainability offers six bachelor’s degree programs designed to prepare tomorrow’s sustainability leaders to take on critical environmental challenges and create a more just and sustainable future. All students gain a solid inter-disciplinary knowledge base in the scientific and societal aspects of sustainability. Students then specialize in environmental studies, policy, or science, selecting one of the following majors.  

Curriculum overview

All SES majors share 10 core courses (26 to 27 credit hours). The BS degrees require 10 to 13 additional courses (20 to 29 credit hours) in biology and chemistry. Each major includes 18 to 24 credit hours of electives. These electives allow students to choose courses from an approved list of options. 

A student who wishes to double major within SES must complete the common core courses required for all majors. These credits will count toward both majors. Within the electives for each major, a student must earn at least 15 unique credit hours. 

In addition to the standard coursework, students learn through hands-on projects, faculty-mentored independent research, community service, and internships, developing practical skills and experiences necessary for effective work in the sustainability field.