New Orleans is a canary in the coal mine. Hurricanes, oil spills and coastal erosion present unavoidable challenges to the southeast Louisiana coastal area that foreshadow environmental quandaries elsewhere. Unlike most other institutions, Loyola University offers its students a front row seat for community debates over the cost, effectiveness and long-range consequences of engineering regional ecosystems. Further, wetland, lake, river and gulf estuaries surrounding the city provide unique opportunities for the exploration and study of natural resources. The city is an exciting place to live because of its rich cultural tradition of music, art, cuisine, education and community celebration.
Loyola's unique Program in the Environment offers three majors: Environmental Science, Environmental Studies (Humanities) and Environment Studies (Social Sciences) and a Minor in Environmental Studies. Students majoring in Environmental Science acquire basic knowledge of the physical and biological aspects of ecological systems and apply this knowledge to solving problems arising from human activities. Environmental Studies majors take an integrated approach to study human interactions with the environment and generally emphasize studies in policy, law, economics, literature, sociology, communications and other disciplines in the humanities or social sciences. All students complete a Senior Capstone, a culmination of their studies, which consists of an internship, research project, independent study or thesis.
Loyola University New Orleans Environmental Science major Jenny Simon is conducting research to see if a 10,000-foot storm wall nearing completion just outside New Orleans is affecting nearby fish and marine life.
Andrew McDaniel '13, a sociology and environmental studies alumnus, is working to help create sustainable food systems through the Crescent City Farmers Market.