The LSU College of the Coast and Environment (CC&E), formerly called the School of the Coast and Environment (SC&E), was founded in 2001. The College replaced the Center for Coastal, Energy, and Environmental Resources (CCEER) which was established in 1991. That center represented the consolidation of the Department of Marine Science, Institute of Environmental Studies (IES), Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute (WBI), Coastal Ecology Institute (CEI), Coastal Fisheries Institute (CFI), and Coastal Studies Institute (CSI).
CC&E moved into one of LSU’s newest facilities, the Energy, Coast & Environment Building in 2003. The building features 231 offices, 81 state of the art research laboratories, a 200-seat auditorium, small and large multipurpose conference facilities, and a new interactive media center/classroom.
The College of the Coast & Environment includes the Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences (DOCS) and the Department of Environmental Sciences (DES). CC&E’s graduate teaching program offers master’s and doctoral degrees in Oceanography & Coastal Sciences and in Environmental Sciences. Minors in Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, Wetland Science Management, Environmental Toxicology, Environmental Sciences, and Coastal Meteorology are offered to graduate students.
In 2008, the college started offering an undergraduate degree in Coastal Environmental Science. The undergraduate degree offers five areas of concentration to better address the career objectives of students: Applied Coastal Environmental Science, Environmental Science and Research, Coastal Meteorology, Environmental Law, and Environmental Health. Members of the college’s interdisciplinary and award-winning faculty teach more than 50 undergraduate and graduate classes.