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. 

Undergraduate Classes

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

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.

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.


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.


Geological and physical processes in marine and aquatic environments; including their influence on coastal Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.

Marine organisms, communities, ecological processes in marine and aquatic settings in coastal Louisiana, the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.

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.

Undergraduate/Graduate Classes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

Multi-disciplinary analysis of a current environmental issue. Discussion of topics from the perspectives of natural science, economics, social science and political science. Integration and synthesis of information to develop a science-based approach to environmental decision-making.

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

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.

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

(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.