Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability



With a global population in excess of 7 billion and the influence of human activities on our environment increasingly evident at local, regional and global scales, issues of environmental health, justice, sustainability and stewardship have become more pervasive and more pressing. The need for individuals with literacy and skills relevant to environmental issues has never been greater. This need spans a broad spectrum of careers, including Environmental Management, Economics, Law, Conservation, Restoration, Education, Food Systems Management & Analysis, Marketing, Ecology, Clean Energy, Urban Planning, Public Administration, Business, Environmental Advocacy, Public Health, Urban Agriculture, Politics, Risk Assessment, Architecture, Consulting, with employment opportunities in all sectors of society. An environmental crisis exists, and significant societal/political action is required to abate the problems we can influence and adapt to the changes ahead.

The Institute of Environmental Sustainability (IES) has integrated Loyola’s Environmentally based academic programs into our innovative infrastructure of research, teaching and training, and outreach, bringing together a diverse faculty with an array of academic expertise to help students explore the relationships of human beings to the natural world, and to develop the mental acuity and technical skills to formulate solutions to complex environmental problems. Through coursework, hands-on projects, faculty-mentored independent research, community outreach and internships, students will gain the skills needed to become leaders in environmental research, policy and justice, and in promoting and implementing sustainable practices.

IES offers six undergraduate programs designed to provide a solid inter-disciplinary base of knowledge 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, Public Health, or of choosing among science courses that coincide with their own unique interests. Five-year dual degree programs (BA/MBA or BS/MBA) are also available, as are two minors, in ‘Environmental Action & Leadership’ and ‘Environmental Science’. These degrees allow students to gain valuable knowledge, professional competency, structure ethical reflection, preparation for service in the interest of social justice and the collective good, and the dedication and skills to solve environmental problems locally, regionally and globally.

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.

Students must fulfill the following requirements to graduate from the Institute of Environmental Sustainability with a bachelor’s degree:

  • University Core Curriculum
  • IES Major Requirements
  • General Electives
  • Writing Intensive
  • Language Requirements
  • Residency

Apply for admission and scholarship consideration through the Office of Undergraduate Admission, indicating your interest in the Institute of Environmental Sustainability on your application. For Financial Aid information, click here.

IES contact information:

Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago
BVM Hall, Rm 301
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60660

Dr. Christopher Peterson
Academic Program Director
Phone: 773.508.2950

Christine Wolff
Project Coordinator
Phone: 773.508.2141