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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2015-2016 
    
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science, B.S.


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Director

James M. Landry

Objectives


The objective of the Environmental Science major is to prepare a student for a career in the field of environmental sciences. Students receiving this degree can either pursue graduate studies or enter the field of environmental science where many jobs are available, for example, with various private businesses, government agencies, and environmental advocacy groups.

The Environmental Science major is a rigorous interdisciplinary program involving course work in biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science and engineering. The curriculum for the major involves courses that will provide students the following knowledge and skills:

  • theoretical and technical knowledge of the generation, transport, and fate of pollutants;
  • the impacts of contaminants and other stressors on receiving environments (air, water, land), biodiversity, natural resources, and human health;
  • resource management and conservation strategies;
  • design and implementation of field and laboratory studies;
  • data assessment employing the use of descriptive statistics and hypothesis testing; and
  • conveying technical information through written reports and poster and oral presentations.

Laboratory courses are designed to maximize hands-on experience in collecting samples from various media, and using an array of equipment to characterize samples of soils, water, and air. Many of the environmental science courses include field trips to the adjacent Ballona Wetlands and Santa Monica Bay to demonstrate methods for collecting samples, and to study environmental conditions and resident biota. Internships with local environmental organizations and companies are an integral component of the program. The major requires that the student conduct a research project followed by presentation of results upon completion.

Major Requirements


Note:


In order to be eligible to take an upper division science course, a student must have a C (2.0) average in the lower division science courses.

Upper Division Requirements:


 33 upper division hours which will include:

Note:


In addition, an upper division elective course in environmental science and 3 upper division science electives are required.

A student must have a C (2.0) average in upper division science courses.

B.S. Degree in Environmental Science


 (125 S.H.)

Freshman Year


Fall Semester


Total: 15-16 semester hours

Total: 15-16 semester hours

Sophomore Year


Fall Semester


Total: 15-16 semester hours

Spring Semester


Total: 15-18 semester hours

Junior Year


Fall Semester


Total: 17-20 semester hours

Spring Semester


Total: 15-16 semester hours

Senior Year


Fall Semester


Total: 16-18 semester hours

Spring Semester


  • 3 semester hours
  • University Core 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 3-4 semester hours
  • Upper Division Elective 2 semester hours
Total: 17-21 semester hours

Total: 125 semester hours


The proper sequence of the University Core courses should be discussed with the student's advisor. The course sequence in Mathematics depends on the results of the Mathematics Placement Exam.

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