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Institute of Environmental Sustainability


B.S. Environmental Science (51-55 credit hours)

Requirements common to all ENVS BS and BA degrees (35-36 credit hours)

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted

ENVS 137 Foundations of Environmental Science I  
ENVS 237 Foundations of Environmental Science II 
ENVS 238 Foundations of Environmental Science Lab (1 credit hour)
ENVS 280 Ecology                                     
ENVS 286 Ecology Lab  (1 credit hour)
ENVS 288 Applied Interdisciplinary Data Analysis for ENVS

STAT 103 Fundamental Statistics or
STAT 203 Statistics

ENVS 284 
Environmental Justice or
PHIL 287 Environmental Ethics or
THEO 184 Moral Problems: Ecology Crisis

ECON 328 
Environmental Economics (prerequisite of ECON 201)
PLSC 392 Environmental Politics

ENVS 350a STEP: Water (4 credit hours)  or 
ENVS 350f STEP: Food Systems (4 credit hoursor
ENVS 281c Environ. Sustainability and Science in China or
ENVS 281v Humans and the Env. of Contemporary Viet Nam or 
ENVS 340 Natural History of Beliz or 
ENVS 391 Independent Environmental Research or
ENVS 395 Environmental Internship

ENVS 390 Integrative Environmental Seminar

Society, Ethics & Justice (at least one course in addition to the ENVS core)
ENVS 284 Environmental Justice
COMM 306 Environmental Advocacy
HIST 300 Food, Hunger and Power in 19th Century Europe
PHIL 287 Environmental Ethics
SOCL 252 Global Inequities
SOCL 272 Environmental Sociology
SOCL 276 Sociology and the Politics of Food
THEO 184 Moral Problems: Ecology Crisis
THEO 344 Theology and Ecology

Additional Major Requirements for
B.S. Environmental Science

Sixteen - twenty additional hours, including at least three 300 level courses (at least one must be a lab)

ENVS 207 Plants & Civilization
ENVS 218 Biodiversity & Biogeography
ENVS 223 Introduction to Soils
ENVS 224 Climate & Climate Change
ENVS 267 Bird Conservation & Ecology
ENVS 269 Field Ornithology
ENVS 273 Energy & the Environment
ENVS 281c Environmental Sustainability & Sciences in China
ENVS 281v Humans in the Env. in Contemporary Vietnam
ENVS 320 Conservation Biology
ENVS 321 Conservation Biology Lab (1 credit hour)
ENVS 325 Sustainable Agriculture
ENVS 326 Agroecosystems (4 credit hours)
ENVS 327 Food Systems Analysis
ENVS 330 Restoration Ecology
ENVS 331 Restoration Ecology Lab (1 credit hour)

ENVS 340
Natural History of Belize
ENVS 345 Conserv. & Sustainability in Neotropical Ecosystems
ENVS 350a STEP: Water (4 credit hours)
ENVS 350f STEP: Food Systems (4 credit hours)
ENVS 380 Intro to Geographic Systems
ENVS 383 Human Dimensions of Conservation
ENVS 387 Principals of Ecotoxicology
ENVS 391 Independent Environmental Research
ENVS 395 Environmental Internship
ENVS 398 Special Topics
ENVS 399 Directed Readings *requires department consent
BIOL 101, 111 General Biology I with lab (4 credit hours)
BIOL 102, 112 General Biology II with lab (4 credit hours)
BIOL 215 Ornithology
BIOL 327 Wetland Ecology
BIOL 328 Conservation Biology
BIOL 335 Introduction to Biostatistics (4 credit hours)
BIOL 375 Aquatic Insects Lecture & Lab (4 credit hours)
BIOL 393 Natural Resource Conservation
BIOL 395 Field Ornithology
CHEM 101, 111 General Chemistry A with Lab  (4 credit hours) 
CHEM 102, 112 General Chemistry B with Lab (4 credit hours) 
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 222 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 312, 313 Environmental Chemistry w/lab (4 credit hrs)

and other courses as approved by dept. advisor

Five-Year BA/MBA Requirements‌

For students interested in pursuing the five-year dual-degree B.S./M.B.A program, these elective credits can be filled by Graduate-Level business courses that count toward the M.B.A. The M.B.A. requires 54 credit hours of graduate coursework in business. Students must complete the GMAT satisfactorily and be accepted into the Quinlan School of Business at the end of their junior year. In their senior year, students begin to take courses toward the M.B.A. degree. Students complete the degree requirements for and receive a B.S. in environmental sciences in their fourth year, then continue in their fifth year to complete the M.B.A. Students are advised to contact the Quinlan School of Business for M.B.A. requirements and calendar. Note: Courses in the Quinlan School of Business are on the quarter system.


Institute of Environmental Sustainability
Loyola University Chicago · 1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60660 · Phone: 773-508-2130 · IES@luc.edu

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