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 and Coastal Sciences (DOCS) and the Department of Environmental Sciences (DES). CC&E’s graduate teaching program offers master’s and doctoral degrees in Oceanography and Coastal Sciences and in Environmental Sciences. Minors in Environmental Sciences, Oceanography and Coastal Sciences, and Wetland Science and Management are offered to graduate students.
In 2008, the College started offering an undergraduate degree in Coastal Environmental Science. The undergraduate degree offers three areas of concentration to better address the career objectives of students: Applied Coastal Environmental Science (ACES), Environmental Science and Research (ESR) and Environmental Health Sciences (ENVH). Members of the College’s interdisciplinary and award-winning faculty teach more than 50 undergraduate and graduate classes.