Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Pre-2017 Curriculum

BS 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 Principles of Ecology
ENVS 286 Principles of Ecology Lab (1 credit hour)
ENVS 288 Applied Interdisciplinary Data Analysis

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 (has prerequisite of ECON 201)
PLSC 392 Environmental Politics

ENVS 350a STEP: Water (4 credit hours) or
ENVS 350f STEP: Food Systems (4 credit hours) or
ENVS 227r
Ecology of the Mediterranean Sea or
ENVS 281c Environ. Sustainability and Science in China or
ENVS 281v Humans and the Environ. in Contemporary Vietnam or
ENVS 283 Environmental Sustainability or
ENVS 340 Natural History of Belize or
ENVS 345
Conserv. & Sustain. in Neotropical Ecosystems
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
ENVS 363 Sustainable Business Management
COMM 306 Environmental Advocacy
HIST 292 History of the US Environment
HIST 300 Food, Hunger, and Power in 19th Century Europe
PHIL 287 Environmental Ethics
PSYC 277 Environmental Psychology
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
BS Environmental Science

16 to 20 additional hours, at least 9 (3 courses) of which must be 300 level (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 226 Science & Conservation of Freshwater Ecosystems
ENVS 227R Ecology of the Mediterranean
ENVS 267 Bird Conservation & Ecology
ENVS 269 Field Ornithology
ENVS 273 Energy & the Environment
ENVS 281c Environ. Sustainability and Science in China
ENVS 281v Humans and the Environ. in Contemporary Vietnam
ENVS 319 Winter Ecology

ENVS 320 Conservation Biology
ENVS 321 Conservation Biology Lab (1 credit hour)
ENVS 325 Sustainable Agriculture
ENVS 326 Agroecosystems
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 Conservation and Sustainability of Neotropical Ecosystems
ENVS 350a STEP: Water (4 credit hours)
ENVS 350f STEP: Food Systems (4 credit hours)
ENVS 380 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
ENVS 383 Human Dimensions of Conservation
ENVS 387 Principles of Ecotoxicology
ENVS 391 Independent Environmental Research*
ENVS 395 Environmental Internship*
ENVS 398 Special Topics
ENVS 399 Directed Readings*
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 approved by IES advisor

* requires IES permission

Five-Year BS/MBA Requirements‌

For students interested in pursuing the five-year dual-degree BS/MBA program, these elective credits can be filled by Graduate-Level business courses that count toward the MBA The MBA 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 MBA degree. Students complete the degree requirements for and receive a BS in Food Systems and Sustainable Agriculture in their fourth year, then continue in their fifth year to complete the MBA Students are advised to contact the Quinlan School of Business for MBA requirements and calendar. Note: Courses in the Quinlan School of Business are on the quarter system.

Five-Year BS/MPH Requirements‌

The MPH degree is ideal for Environmental Science students aspiring to leadership careers in the diverse and growing field of public health. The program reflects Loyola’s Jesuit tradition for social justice and environmental sustainability as it prepares students to become an advocate for positive social and environmental change. MPH students become well-versed in public health research, practice, policy, and advocacy.

Visit the 5 Year BS/MPH page for curriculum and admission requirements.

Five-Year BS/MPP Requirements

For students interested in pursuing the five-year dual-degree BS/Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, two 300-level IES courses and two 400-level MPP courses taken during the senior year will count toward both their BS and the MPP degree. Taken in the senior year, two relevant 300-level IES courses count as graduate electives and two 400-level MPP courses count as general electives toward the student’s 120 credit hours for the BS degree. The MPP requires 37 credit hours of coursework—12 three-credit courses, which includes a three-credit internship or capstone experience, plus a one-credit Professional Development class. The MPP is a professional degree program; instead of a thesis, it requires an internship or capstone experience, which allows students to apply skills developed in the program and gain work-related experience. To apply to the MPP program, students must be of junior standing, have declared an undergraduate major in Environmental Policy, Environmental Studies, or Environmental Science, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3, and a 3.5 GPA in five upper-level classes for the major. The application requires a personal statement and 3 letters of recommendation, at least 2 of which are from IES or affiliated faculty. No GRE test scores are necessary.