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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES/SCIENCES PROGRAM (ESP)

Lake Shore Campus:
Damen Hall 105
Phone: 773-508-8992
Fax: 773-508-9797
www.luc.edu/depts/envsci

Director: A. Fitch

OBJECTIVES

The relationship of human beings to the natural environment is one of the most pressing questions of our day—perhaps THE most pressing question, if our planet is to thrive in the new millennium. A well-designed major in environmental studies and sciences offers students structured opportunities for reflection on the ethical issues raised by any consideration of environmental problems. Within this major, students benefit from numerous opportunities in the community through student internships, special projects, and collaborative research and training. All of these elements—valuable knowledge, professional competency, structured ethical reflection, service in the interest of social justice, and dedication to solving the problems of this country and this city—can be found, implicitly or explicitly, in the environmental studies/sciences program.

Nationally, there are two common types of environmental studies programs. One is an existing major that has been "greened" (for example, a chemical engineering degree with emphasis on the environment). The second is an interdisciplinary major that takes a holistic view of environmental concerns. Loyola’s program in environmental studies/ sciences was designed to capture the best of both approaches.

Students may major in one of three separate tracks {B.A. in environmental studies; B.S./M.B.A. in environmental studies; or B.S. in environmental sciences (chemistry)}, according to their academic or professional interests. The faculty for the environmental studies/sciences program are drawn from many disciplines within the university. They each have a strong interest in the environment both in teaching and in terms of research within their "home" disciplines.

B.A. in Environmental Studies: Students who choose this track will have strong interests in environmental policies; the relationships of those policies to local, national, and international politics; issues of environmental ethics; social change and its relationship to social justice; the history of human interaction with the environment and the portrayal of nature in art and literature. Such students may later pursue careers in government, business, education, non-profit organizations, or the media.

B.S./M.B.A. In Environmental Studies: Students who choose this five-year dual-degree program will have interests in careers in environment-related businesses or organizations working in environmental fields. This track provides a strong science background that will qualify students to apply later for certification as registered environmental professionals.

B.S. In Environmental Sciences (Chemistry): Students in this track will have strong interests in scientific and/or technological careers. Students with this degree may find employment as environmental monitors within industry, and/or be prepared for further professional work in chemistry, law, the environment, or medicine.

Minor in Environmental Science: A minor program in Environmental Science is offered by the Department of Natural Science; see p. XX.

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMON CORE

The three tracks share a common academic environmental core of interdisciplinary classes, offering students exposure to a wide variety of interests, approaches, principles, and disciplinary methods. The environmental common core also helps students integrate their studies and relate them to the world in which they live. Classes are structured to give students a breadth of background that complements more specialized training.

All ESP majors are required to complete the environmental common core, consisting of eight courses (24 hours) examining environmental ethics, communication, environmental policy, environmental economics, humans and the environment, statistics, including a capstone seminar or internship.

Environmental Common Core
 
Required courses for all ESP majors
Credit Hours
*ANTH 104 (ESP 104) or NTSC 282 (ESP 282)
3
*PHIL 285 variable topic: Env. Ethics (ESP 398 variable topic) or *THEO 192 variable topic: Moral Problems: Ecology Crisis (ESP 398 variable topic)
3
*ENGL 288 variable topic: Nature in Literature (ESP 288) or CMUN 230 (pre-req CMUN 150 or 160)
3
*STAT 103 (pre-req Math 100) or STAT 203 (pre-req Math 132 or 162) or STAT 335 (pre-req Math 132 or 162 and Bio 125)
3
*ECON 201 (pre-req soph. standing)
3
ECON 328, pre-req ECON 201 (ESP 328)
3
PLSC: 392 (ESP 235) or SOCL 272 (ESP 272) or HIST 292 (ESP 292)
3
ESP 390 (pre-req Jr. standing) or ESP 395 (pre-req Jr. standing, permission of director)
3
Total Credit Hours
24

*college core credit

Bold indicates most commonly offered course

Degree Requirements For Major In Environmental Studies (B.A.)

Track A
 
Required Classes Credit Hours 
Environmental Common Core*  24 
(see Notes on the Curriculum)   

Natural Science Courses

The natural science requirement is comprised of four components (chemistry, biology, physics, human environment) of which three lab
courses are required. Classes in either track fulfill college core for science.
 
Component Sequence A  Sequence B 
Chemistry  CHEM 151 with lab  CHEM 151 with lab (pre-req high school chemistry or permission of the instructor) 
  Sequence A: 15  Sequence B: 18 
Life Sciences  BIOL 101/111  NTSC 103 or NTSC 104 (ESP 108) or NTSC 107 (ESP 107) 
Physics  PHYS 111/131 (pre-req College Algebra)  NTSC 273 (ESP 273) plus NTSC 106 or NTSC 114 (ESP 114) 
Human Ecology  NTSC 282 (ESP 282) or ANTH 104 (ESP 104) NTSC 282 (ESP 282) or ANTH 104 (ESP 104)
Laboratory  fulfilled  2 labs 
Environmental Issues Electives    15 
English 105 and 106   
Foreign Language   
Literature Core* (1 class can be fulfilled by ENGL 288 (ESP 288): Nature in Literature)    6-9 
Communicative/expressive arts core   
History Core   
Mathematics Core fulfilled by STAT 103   
Philosophy Core* (1 class can be fulfilled by PHIL 285 (ESP 285): Variable Topic A&V: Env. Ethics)    6-9 
Social Science Core* (1 class fulfilled by ECON 201)   
Theology core* (1 class can be fulfilled by THEO 192 (ESP293): Variable Topic: Ecol. Crisis)    6-9 
General Electives    24-29 
Total Credit Hours    128 

*Some courses in the Environmental Common Core may fulfill the college core requirements in asterisked area. Please refer to current Schedule of Classes booklet, available each semester, for specific college core course requirements. Students will take both NTSC 282 (ESP 282) and ANTH 104 (ESP 104): one as part of the common core and one as part of the Science requirements.

B.A. required courses should be taken in the following sequence:

1st year:
Math pre-reqs up to MATH 117; ANTH 104 (ESP 104); STAT 103 (pre-req Math Placement or MATH 100)

2nd year:
ECON 201 (pre-req sophomore standing), CHEM 151 with lab (high school chemistry or permission of instructor), BIOL 101/111, THEO 192

3rd year:
ECON 328 (pre-req ECON 201), PHYS 111/131 (pre-req College Algebra (Math 117)), ENGL 288 (ESP 288): Nature in Literature; one class from the PLSC/HIST/SOC Env. Common Core; 2 Electives in the Env. Issues Major

4th year:
NTSC 282 (ESP 282), ESP 390 or 395 (Jr/Sr Standing); 3 Electives in the Env. Issues Major

Degree requirements for major in environmental studies (B.S./M.B.A.)

Track B
 
Required Classes
Credit Hours 
Environmental Common Core*(see Notes on the Curriculum) 
24 
Additional B.S. requirements 
33 
CHEM 151 with lab (pre-req high school chemistry or permission of instructor);   
CHEM 152 with lab (pre-req CHEM 151); BIOL 101/111; BIOL 102/112 (pre-req BIOL 101/111);   
PHYS 111/131 (pre-req College Algebra, MATH 117); PHYS 112/132 (pre-req PHYS 111/131);   
NTSC 113 (ESP 113) OR NTSC 114 (ESP 114); NTSC 282 OR ANTH 104; NTSC 273 (ESP 273).   
English 105 and 106 
Foreign Language 
Literature Core* (1 class can be fulfilled by ENGL 288 (ESP 288): 
6-9 
Communicative/expressive arts core 
History Core 
Mathematics Core fulfilled by STAT 103 
Philosophy Core* (1 class can fulfilled by PHIL 285 (ESP 285): Variable Topic A&V: Env. Ethics) 
6-9 
Social Science Core* (1 class fulfilled by ECON 201) 
Theology Core* (1 class can be fulfilled by THEO 192: Variable Topic: Ecol. Crisis) 
6-9 

M.B.A. track requirements: Satisfactory GMAT & successful application to Graduate School of Business end of third year.

M.B.A. required course work in fourth year: (Tuition for GB classes is included in full-time student tuition payment to College of Arts and Sciences; credit hours are applied toward B.S. degree) GB 400, GB 460, GB 490 (or MATH 131/132), GB 491 (can be waived by STAT 103).
 
Students take 1 class per quarter in   
Graduate Business School  9-12 
College Electives*  8-14 
Total Credit Hours Toward B.S.  128 
5th Year: Students have completed and received a B.S. in Env. Sciences. Additional course work completes the M.B.A. Tuition is paid to the Graduate School of Business in this year. M.B.A. Course Work in 5th Year: GB 420; GB 441; GB 450; GB 470; GB 480; + 9 Elective Classes (four classes per quarter for 2 quarters +3 classes/quarter for two quarters)  42 

*Some courses in the Environmental Common Core may fulfill the college core requirements in asterisked area. Please refer to current Schedule of Classes booklet, available each semester, for specific college core course requirements. Students will take both NTSC 282 (ESP282) and ANTH 104 (ESP 104): one as part of the common core and one as part of the Science requirements.

It is highly recommended that students in Track B also complete MATH 131, MATH 132, and BIOL 265/266 as electives. Students taking MATH 131/132 may waive GB 490. STAT 103 may be waived for GB 491. If the student takes ECON 202 (pre-req ECON 201) as an undergraduate the student may also waive GB 420.

Students, by their fourth year, will have completed the degree requirements for a B.S. in environmental sciences and may receive such a degree while continuing in their fifth year for the M.B.A. Contact the Graduate School of Business for M.B.A. course work, requirements, and calendar.

B.S./M.B.A. required courses should be taken in the following sequence:

1st year:
Math pre-reqs up to MATH 117; ANTH 104 (ESP 104); STAT 103 (math pre-req Math Placement or MATH 100); CHEM 151 with lab (pre-req High School Chemistry or permission of instructor); CHEM 152 with lab (pre-req: CHEM 151).

2nd year:
ECON 201 (pre-req sophomore standing), PHYS 111/131 (pre-req College Algebra (MATH 117)), PHYS 112/132 (pre-req PHYS111/131); BIOL 101/111, BIOL 102/112; THEO 192

3rd year:
ECON 328 (pre-req ECON 201), ENGL 288 (ESP 288): Nature in Literature; one class from the PLSC/HIST/SOC Env. Common Core; NTSC 282 (ESP 282); NTSC 113 (ESP 113) or NTSC 114 (ESP 114); NTSC 273

4th year:
ESP 390 or 395 (Jr/Sr Standing); GB 400; GB 460; GB 490; GB 441

Degree Requirements For Major In Environmental Sciences/Chemistry (B.S.)

Track C
 
Required Classes Credit Hours 
Environmental Common Core* 
(see Notes on the Curriculum) 
24 
Chemistry Requirements  37 

CHEM 105 (pre-req math placement) or CHEM 101/111 (pre-req math placement); CHEM 106 (pre-req CHEM 105) or CHEM 102/112 (pre-req CHEM 101/111); CHEM 215 (pre-req College Algebra and CHEM 102/112 or CHEM 106); CHEM221 or CHEM 223/225 (pre-req CHEM 106 or 102/112); CHEM 222 (pre-req CHEM 221) or CHEM 224/226 (pre-req CHEM 223-225); CHEM 301 (pre-req PHYS 112 or PHYS 114, MATH 161 or equivalent); CHEM 302/303 (pre-req CHEM 301); CHEM 310/311 (pre-req CHEM 302 and CHEM 215); CHEM 312/313 (pre- or co-req is BIOL 266 (ESP 266) (pre-req BIOL 102/112, MATH 132 or 162))
 
Ancillary requirements 27 

PHYS 111/131 (pre-req College Algebra, MATH 117); PHYS 112/132 (pre-req PHYS 111/131); BIOL 101/111; BIOL 102/112 (pre-req BIOL 101/111); MATH 161 (pre-req MATH 118); MATH 162 (pre-req MATH 161); BIOL 265/266 (ESP 265/266)
 
English 105 and 106
Foreign Language assumed   
fulfilled by high school 
Literature Core* (Must take ENGL 288 (ESP 288): Nature in Literature) 
Communicative/expressive arts core 
History Core 
Mathematics Core fulfilled by STAT 103 
Philosophy Core* (May take PHIL 285 (ESP 285): Env. Ethics) 
Social Science Core* (1 class fulfilled by ECON 201) 
Theology Core* (Must take THEO 192 (ESP 293): Ecol. Crisis 
Electives* 
Total Credit Hours Toward B.S.  128 

*Students in Track C will need to select carefully all of their environmental common core classes to fit the college core requirements. This major should be declared as a freshman.

Students in Track C should complete the college core courses below in order to graduate with 128 total credit hours. Otherwise, they may need to complete up to 139 credit hours to fulfill all graduation requirements.

Literature Core: ENGL 288: Nature in Literature (ESP 288)

Theology Core: ESP 293 (THEO 192 - Moral Problems: Environmental Crisis)

Philosophy Core: PHIL 285 - Action and Value: Environmental Ethics (ESP 285)

B.S./CHEM required courses should be taken in the following sequence:

1st year:
ANTH 104 (ESP 104); STAT 103 (pre-req Math Placement or MATH 100); CHEM 101/111 or CHEM 105 (pre-req Math Placement); BIOL 101/111; CHEM 102/112 (pre-req CHEM 101/111) or CHEM 106 (pre-req CHEM 105); BIOL 102/112 (pre-req BIOL 101/111); any MATH necessary up to MATH 118.

2nd year:
ECON 201* (pre-req sophomore standing), MATH 161 (pre-req MATH 118); PHYS 111/131 (pre-req College Algebra (MATH 117)); MATH 162 (pre-req MATH 117); PHYS 112/132 (pre-req PHYS 111/131); THEO 192* (ESP 293).

3rd year:
CHEM 215 (pre-req College Algebra (MATH 117) and CHEM 102 or 106); CHEM 301 (pre-req PHYS 112 or PHYS 114); CHEM 302 (pre-req CHEM 301); ECON 328 (pre-req ECON 201); ENGL 288* (ESP 288): Nature in Literature; one class from the PLSC/HIST/SOC Env. Common Core.

4th year:
CHEM 310/311 (pre-req CHEM 302); CHEM 312/313 (pre or co-req BIOL 265/266 (ESP 265/266)); ESP 390 or 395 (Jr/Sr Standing).

Courses Of Instruction

390. Integrative Environmental Seminar.
Serves an integrative purpose, requiring the student to focus on a specific issue or theme in environmental studies/sciences. Includes outside speakers on topics related to the environment. Students may be required to make a presentation on an area of interest. Either this course or ESP 395, Environmental Internship, is required of all majors.

395. Environmental Internship.
Internship with a local environmental group or agency, such as the Environmental Protection Agency. The goal is to provide students with a work experience that can be reflected upon in the context of their other academic studies of the environment. Either this course or ESP 390, Integrative Seminar, is required of all majors.

398. Special Topics.
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status.
Specific titles and contents vary from semester to semester. Variable credit hours.

399. Directed Readings.
Directed readings with a member of the ESP faculty and/or the ESP director. Variable credit hours.
The following courses from other academic disciplines are cross-listed with the environmental studies/sciences program.
For complete course descriptions, see the listings in this catalog of originating departments. Note: special topics courses in varying departments are also cross-listed when appropriate.
Courses with an asterisk are considered Track A electives.

ANTHROPOLOGY

104. Humans and Natural Environment. (ANTH 104) (PAX 104)

320. Animal Behavior. (ANTH 320)

325. *Primatology: Behavior & Ecology. (ANTH 325)

360. *Environmental Archaeology. (ANTH 360 - variable topic)

361. *Cultural Ecology. (ANTH 361 - variable topic)

362. *Advanced Primatalogy. (ANTH 362 - variable topic)

363. *Evolution of Disease. (ANTH 362 - variable topic)

BIOLOGY

265. Ecology. (BIOL 265)

266. Ecology Lab. (BIOL 266)

CHEMISTRY

310. Instrumental Analysis. (CHEM 310)

311. Instrumental Analysis Laboratory. (CHEM 311)

312. Environmental Chemistry. (CHEM 312)

313. Environmental Chemistry Laboratory. (CHEM 313)

COMMUNICATION

329. *Environmental Advocacy. (CMUN 329) (PAX 329)

ECONOMICS

328. Environment and Natural Resource Economics. (ECON 328) ENGLISH

288. *Nature in Literature. (ENGL 288) (PAX 288)

309. *Advanced Writing: Ecology. (ENGL 310 variable topic) HISTORY

292. *History of American Environment. (HIST 292)

304. *Disease & Health in History. (HIST 301)

305. History of the Urban Environment. (HIST 300 variable topic)

NATURAL SCIENCE

107. Plants and Civilization. (NTSC 107)

108. Evolution and Genetics. (NTSC 104)

113. Earth Science: Changing Planet. (NTSC 113)

114. Weather and Climatology. (NTSC 114)

273. *Energy and the Environment. (NTSC 273) (PAX 273)

282. *The Human Environment. (NTSC 282) (PAX 282)

PHILOSOPHY

285. *Action & Value: Environmental Ethics (PHIL 285 variable topic) 324. *Environmental Ethics. (PHIL 324 variable topic)

389. *Technology & Ecology. (PHIL 389 variable topic)

POLITICAL SCIENCE

235. *Environmental Politics and Policy. (PLSC 235)

306. *Comparative Environmental Politics. (PLSC 300 variable topic) 354. *Global Environmental Politics. (PLSC 354)

SOCIOLOGY

272. Environmental Sociology. (PAX 272) (SOCL 272)

370. *Seminar: The Environment (SOCL 370 - variable topic)

375. Society & Natural Environment. (SOCL 463) (open to undergraduates)

THEOLOGY

280. Theology & the Environment. (THEO 180 - variable topic)

293. Moral Problems: Environmental Crisis. (PAX 293 THEO 192 - variable topic)

344. Theology & Ecology. (THEO 344)

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