Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

Curriculum

BA Environmental Policy (50–51 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 Requirements for BA Environmental Policy Major 

Policy, Economics, and Management (4 courses for 12 hours)

ENVS 290   Environmental Law
ENVS 383   Human Dimensions of Conservation
PLSC 101   American Politics
PLSC 354   Global Environmental Politics

Methods and Analysis (at least 1 course in addition to the ENVS foundation for 3 hours)

ENVS 380 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
BIOL 335 Introduction to Biostatistics
SOCL 206
Principles of Social Research
SOCL 301 Statistics for Social Research
SOCL 302 Qualitative Research
STAT 203  Statistics
STAT 303  SAS Programming & Applied Statistics

Course Descriptions
ENVS Policy planning sheet

Five-Year BA/Master of Public Policy Requirements‌

For students interested in pursuing the five-year dual-degree BA/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 BA and the MPP 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.