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Institute of Environmental Sustainability


B.A. Environmental Studies (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 hoursor
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 U.S. 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
B.A. Environmental Studies

15 additional hours, at least 9 (3 courses) of which must be 300 level

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 (see ENVS 369)
ENVS 273   Energy & the Environment
ENVS 281c Environ. Sustainability and Science in China
ENVS 281v Humans and the Environ. of Contemporary Vietnam
ENVS 283   Environmental Sustainability
ENVS 290   Environmental Law
ENVS 320  Conservation Biology
ENVS 321  Conservation Biology Lab
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   Conserv. & Sustainability in Neotropical Ecosystems
ENVS 350a STEP: Water
ENVS 350f  STEP: Food Systems
ENVS 369   Field Ornithology
ENVS 380   Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
ENVS 383   Human Dimensions in Conservation
ENVS 387   Principles of Ecotoxicology
ENVS 391   Independent Environmental Research
ENVS 395   Environmental Internship
ENVS 398   Special Topics
ENVS 399   Direct Readings
ANTH 104   The Human Ecological Footprint
ANTH 303   People & Conservation
COMM 306  Environmental Advocacy
ENGL 288    Nature in Literature
PHIL 287     Environmental Ethics
PLSC 354   Global Environmental Politics
SOCL 252  Global Inequities
SOCL 265  Globalization & Society
SOCL 272   Environmental Sociology
SOCL 276  Sociology & The Politics of Food
THEO 184  Moral Problems: Ecology Crisis
THEO 344  Theology & Ecology

Five-Year BA/MBA Requirements

For students interested in pursuing the five-year dual-degree BA/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 BA in Environmental Studies 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.


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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