LSU’s School of the Coast & Environment has been designated a college, a recognition of its achievements in research and teaching.

“To us, this transition from a school to a college reflects the excellence and strength of our program, faculty and staff,” said College of Coast & Environment dean and professor Christopher F. D’Elia.

Coast & Environment remains dedicated to understanding coastal issues, the causes and solutions for them, and preparing students to address those issues once they leave, D’Elia said.

The faculty at LSU’s newest college includes scientists whose research has furthered the understanding of coastal land loss, coastal sustainability, sea level rise, hurricanes and climate change. The college began in 2001 as an academic unit that includes oceanography, environmental sciences, wetland biogeochemistry, marine fisheries and coastal ecology. The college now offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.