CC&E Online Programs

CC&E Online Courses

Take classes online with LSU's College of the Coast & Environment. Here's a list of our digital courses. You can sign up for these through the LSU Course Catalog. For additional information, please contact us

Online Undergraduate Classes (scroll down for more undergraduate/graduate classes)

Course Number Name Description
ENVS 1000 Environment and Technology: Perspective on Environmental Problems

Environmental quality problems involving water, air and land, and society’s response to such problems; analysis of the interrelationships and nature of ecological stresses

ENVS 1126 Introduction to Environmental Sciences

This is a General Education course. An honors course, ENVS 1127, is also available. Credit will not be given for both this course and ENVS 1127. Essential principles of environmental sciences; comprehensive and fundamental understanding of sound science, stewardship and sustainability in environmental sciences; interactions and relations between humans and earth; an up-to-date look at today’s global, national and regional environmental issues.

OCS 1005 Introduction to Oceanography This is a General Education course. An honors course, OCS 1006, is also available. Credit will not be given for this course and OCS 1006.The world’s oceans, their origin and evolution; interactions between physical, geological, chemical and biological processes in the marine environment; use and abuse of oceans.
OCS 1006 (H) Introduction to Oceanography This is a General Education course. Similar to OCS 1005 with special honors emphasis for qualified students. Credit will not be given for this course and OCS 1005. Interaction of physical, geological, chemical and biological processes of the ocean; effect of human activities.
OCS 2007  Introduction to Marine Sciences: Geological and Physical  Geological and physical processes in marine and aquatic environments; including their influence on coastal Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.
OCS 2008  Introduction to Marine Sciences: Life Processes Marine organisms, communities, ecological processes in marine and aquatic settings in coastal Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.
OCS 2011  Introduction to MATLAB for Coastal Sciences Prereq.: OCS 2007 and OCS 2008. Credit will not be given for both this course and CSC 1240 or CSC 2533. Introduction to MATLAB with emphasis on coastal and oceanographic data visualization and manipulation. Importing large datasets into MATLAB, 2D and 3D plotting, mapping and overlaying quantitative data on maps, manipulating color bars, animating data and exporting images for presentations and publications.

Online Undergraduate/Graduate  Classes

Course Number Name Description
ENVS 4101 Environmental Chemistry

Prereq.: CHEM 2001 and CHEM 2261 or CHEM 2461 or CHEM 2060. Credit will not be given for this course and CHEM 4150. Chemical principles applied to the study of the distribution, reactivity and toxicity of chemical species in the environment.

ENVS 4113 Multi-Media Chemical Behavior for Risk Assessment

Prereq.: CHEM 1202, BIOL 1202, and MATH 1552, or consent of instructor. Characterization of the behavior and fate of anthropogenic chemicals in coastal and marine ecosystems; develop an understanding of model conceptualizing for the biological, chemical and physical processes and mathematical formulation of these processes; assess risk of human and environmental biota to exposure to these hazardous substances.

ENVS 4149 Design of Environmental Management Systems

Environmental systems planning at local, national and international levels; identification of system requirements and available resources; definition of constraints, establishment of evaluation criteria; evaluation of alternative concepts and plans for subsystems; implementation using qualitative tradeoffs, mathematical models and computer simulations.

ENVS 4261 Energy and Environment

Methods of stationary power generation; pollution related to fuel production, transportation and use; energy use and pollution problems related to transportation; energy resources, regulatory aspects and control technology related to stationary and moving sources of air pollution.

ENVS 4477 Environmental Toxicology

Prereq.: 6 hrs. of chemistry, 6 hrs. of life sciences and permission of instructor. Introduction to the basic principles of environmental toxicology; applications of these principles in industrial and other job related environments; regulatory perspectives; spills; anthropogenic pollution problems; human risk management; overview of classes of toxic agents, routes of exposure, target tissues (human mammalian) and toxicological testing.

ENVS 4500 Health Effects of Environmental Pollutants

Prereq.: minimum of 6 sem. hrs. of chemistry and 6 sem. hrs. of either biology or zoology. Effects of environmental pollutants on human health and quality of life.

ENVS 7041  Environmental Policy Analysis

Prereq.: consent of instructor. Management-oriented approach to major phases of environmental policy; formulation, implementation, evaluation; theoretical bases and analytical techniques.

ENVS 7042  Environmental Conflict Resolution

Practical approaches and techniques commonly used to mediate environmental conflicts and facilitate participatory group decision making among stakeholders.

ENVS 7043  Environmental Law and Regulation 

Also offered as RNR 7043. Introduction to basic principles of federal and state laws, regulations and court decisions involving pollution of the environment, including the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Oil Pollution Act; current topical legal developments.

ENVS 7050  Spatial Modeling of Environmental Data

Prereq.: EXST 7003 or EXST 7004 or EXST 7005. Development of an approach to analyze spatial and temporal processes for environmental data modeling.

ENVS 7995  Environmental Seminar

Reports and discussions of student/faculty activities in environmental sciences.

ENVS 7997  Environmental Practicum 

Prereq.: Graduate standing in Environmental Sciences and consent of the instructor. Pass-fail grading. May be taken for a maximum of 12 credit hours, but no more than 3 hours may count toward the student’s degree. Required of all students in the ENVS Professional Option program. Open to students accepted by an approved internship program or accepted for an approved team research project.

OCS 4001/7001  Special Topics in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences

May be taken for a max. of 9 sem. hrs. of credit when topics vary.

OCS 4013

Survey of Coastal Meteorology (mostly online)

(75-99% web-based) Prereq.: MATH 1552. Qualitative and quantitative aspects of the physical foundation of coastal meteorology, including radiation principles, thermodynamic and dynamic features, weather analysis, air-sea-land interactions, and engineering applications.