Loyola University Chicago

School of Environmental Sustainability

Current Curriculum

BS Environmental Science (EVSC)

(68-71 credit hours)

EVSC Core Requirements

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted

ENVS 137 Foundations of Environmental Science I
BIOL 101 General Biology I
BIOL 111 General Biology I Lab (1 credit)
CHEM 101 General Chemistry
CHEM 111 General Chemistry Lab (1 credit)
BIOL 102 General Biology II
BIOL 112 General Biology II Lab (1 credit)
CHEM 102 General Chemistry II
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II Lab (1 credit)
ENVS 200 Environmental Careers and Professional Skills (1 credit)
ENVS 203 Environmental Statistics
ENVS 274 Chemistry of the Environment -or- CHEM 312 Environmental Chemistry
ENVS 275 Chemistry of the Environment Lab -or- CHEM 313 (1 credit)
ENVS 280 Principles of Ecology
ENVS 286s Principles of Ecology Lab (1 credit)
ENVS 284 Environmental Justice -or- PHIL 287 Environmental Ethics - or- THEO 204 Religious Ethics and the  Ecological Crisis
ENVS 335 Ecological Economics -or- ECON 328 Environmental Economics
PLSC 392 Environmental Politics
ENVS 226 -or-ENVS 227r -or-ENVS 267 -or- ENVS 273 -or- ENVS 281v -or- ENVS 283 -or- ENVS 340 -or- ENVS 345 -or- ENVS 350 (any section) -or- ENVS 369 -or- ENVS 391 -or- ENVS 395 (3 or 4 credits)
ENVS 390 Integrative Environmental Seminar -or- ENVS 391c -or- ENVS 395c

Society, Ethics & Justice

3 credit hours, choose one

ENVS 204 Gender, Health & Environment
ENVS 260 Environmental Journalism
ENVS 279
Climate and History
ENVS 284
Environmental Justice
ENVS 297
North American Environmental History
ENVS 298 Special Topics*
ENVS 338
Climate Change & Human Health
ENVS 350 STEP: Any section (4 credits)
ENVS 383 Human Dimensions of Conservation
ENVS 391 Independent Environmental Research*
ENVS 395 Environmental Internship*
ENVS 398 Special Topics*
ENVS 399 Directed Readings*
COMM 101 Public Speaking & Critical Thinking
COMM 277 Organizational Communication
COMM 306 Environmental Advocacy
COMM 322 Guerilla Media*
COMM 372 Special Topics Journalism
ENGL 288 Nature in Literature
HIST 300 Topics*
PHIL 287 Environmental Ethics
PSYC 277 Environmental Psychology
SOCL 252 Global Inequities
SOCL 272 Environmental Sociology
SOCL 276 Sociology and the Politics of Food
SOCL 278 Global Health
THEO 204 Religious Ethics and the Ecological Crisis
THEO 344 Theology and Ecology

Policy, Economics & Resource Management

3 credit hours, choose one

ENVS 298 Special Topics*
ENVS 302
Public Health Practice and Management
ENVS 310 Intro to Environmental Law & Policy
ENVS 311 Natural Resources and Land Use Law & Policy
ENVS 312 Water Law & Policy
ENVS 313 Energy Law & Policy
ENVS 332 Industrial Ecology
ENVS 335 Ecological Economics
ENVS 336 Biomimicry: Design Inspired by Nature
ENVS 338 Climate Change & Human Health
ENVS 351 Introduction to Sustainability Concepts & Impacts
ENVS 363 Sustainable Business Management
ENVS 364 Sustainability Management in the Global Context
ENVS 383 Human Dimensions in Conservation
ENVS 384 Conservation Economics
ENVS 389 Ecological Risk Assessment
ENVS 391 Independent Environmental Research*
ENVS 395 Environmental Internship*
ENVS 398 Special Topics*
ENVS 399 Directed Readings*
MGMT 201 Intro to Business Management
PLSC 354 Global Environmental Politics

Environmental Science Electives for BS Environmental Science

16 to 18 additional credit hours, at least 9 (3 courses) of which must be 300 level

ENVS 204 Gender, Health & Environment
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 273 Energy & the Environment
ENVS 281v Humans and the Environ. in Contemporary Vietnam
ENVS 283 Environmental Sustainability
ENVS 298 Special Topics*
ENVS 301 Environmental Health
ENVS 302 Public Health Principles and Practice
ENVS 303 Introduction to Epidemiology
ENVS 319 Winter Ecology
ENVS 320 Conservation Biology
ENVS 321 Conservation Biology Lab (1 credit)
ENVS 325 Sustainable Agriculture
ENVS 326 Agroecosystems
ENVS 327 Food Systems Analysis
ENVS 330 Restoration Ecology
ENVS 340 Natural History of Belize
ENVS 345 Conservation and Sustainability of Neotropical Ecosystems
ENVS 350 STEP: Any Section (4 credits)
ENVS 380 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
ENVS 381 Advanced GIS Applications
ENVS 382 Remote Sensing
ENVS 385 Introduction to Global Health
ENVS 387 Principles of Ecotoxicology
ENVS 391 Independent Environmental Research*
ENVS 395 Environmental Internship*
ENVS 398 Special Topics*
ENVS 399 Directed Readings*
ANTH 104 The Human Ecological Footprint
ANTH 303 People & Conservation
300-level courses in BIOL, CHEM, PHYS*

*upon approval of SES Academic Director

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 SES 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 SES 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 SES or affiliated faculty. No GRE test scores are necessary.