Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Environmental Sustainability offers bachelor degree programs designed to provide a solid inter-disciplinary base of knowledge. Our students receive this core of knowledge and then specialize in Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies or Environmental Science with students having the options of choosing concentrations in Food Systems & Sustainable Agriculture, Conservation & Restoration, or Environmental Health.
Double Majoring in IES
All of the IES majors have a common set of foundational courses (accounting for 35-36 credit hours); the specific major/track is determined by completing at least fifteen credit hours of “additional major requirements” specific to that track. A student who wishes to major in two tracks in IES must complete the common courses required for all majors (including the additional society/ethics/justice course); all of which will count toward both majors that they pursue. However, a student cannot use the same course from the “additional major requirements” section to count for more than one major, that is to say a student may not “double-dip” courses in the “additional requirements” section. The effect of this recommendation is to require students to complete at least fifteen additional hours of course work to earn a second major within IES.
The IES undergraduate programs prepare students for careers in the sustainability field and to live integrated, environmentally sustainable lives by developing their:
- knowledge of both bio-physical and social systems,
- practical skills and experiences necessary for effective work in the sustainability field, and
- ability to integrate scientific knowledge with ethical evaluation and apply their skills towards creating positive societal change.