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Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2016-2017 
Loyola Marymount University Bulletin 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science, M.S.

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Admission Requirements

All applicants must possess a bachelor of science (B.S.) degree or undergraduate engineering degree, which shall include:

  • General Chemistry, 3 semester hours (1 course)
  • Mathematics through one year of college calculus

Total all science: 12 semester hours or 4 courses, which could include biology, microbiology, chemistry, or physics.

The Department may require new applicants who lack an adequate background in mathematics, chemistry, or science to take additional courses prior to being admitted to or continuing in the program.

A completed application form and $50 application fee. Admission into the program is in strict conformity with the requirements for all graduate students. Upon review of the student’s undergraduate and professional preparation, additional admission requirements may be set by the Civil Engineering Graduate Studies Committee of the Department.

Program Requirements

The LMU graduate program in civil engineering and environmental science offers four major fields of study: 1) M.S. in Engineering in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering, 2) M.S. in Engineering in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Water Resources Engineering and Hydrology, 3) M.S. in Environmental Science, and 4) M.S. in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Urban Ecology.

The candidate for the Master of Science in Engineering degree in Civil Engineering or Master of Science in Environmental Science must satisfy the following requirements:

I. Complete with a 3.0 (“B”) average a minimum of 30 semester hours

which include core courses listed in item 1A below and elective courses listed in item1B below. At least 18 semester hours must be at the 600 level. Students that have taken any of the core or elective courses below as part of his/her undergraduate degree at LMU will be required to take a different course as part of the M.S. program. (Equivalent courses at other institutions will be considered on a case by case basis.) Requirements for students on the Urban Ecology track are determined in consultation with the Director of the program.

A. Required core courses for each field of study

M.S. in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Environmental Engineering:


M.S. in Civil Engineering with emphasis in Water Resources Engineering:


M.S. in Environmental Science:


B. Courses in other departments

Courses in other departments (maximum of 3 semester hours), independent studies (maximum of 3 semester hours), and thesis preparation (maximum of 6 semester hours) may be taken as additional electives with the consent of the Program Director and the other department.

C. The remaining semester hours would be elective courses from the list below, to bring the total semester hours to 30.

Students in the Urban Ecology track of the M.S. in Environmental Science will need the approval of the Program Director and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs for any elective courses taken.

Graduate Courses (See sections 1A and 1B above for required core courses and elective courses in each field of study. A description of each course is provided in the Course Description section.)

II. Successfully complete

  • 0 semester hours for M.S. in Engineering or M.S. in Environmental Science (not applicable to the Urban Ecology Track)

III. Thesis Option.

With the consent of the Department, the student may elect a thesis, which may satisfy up to 6 semester hours of the elective requirements. The student may enroll for a maximum of 3 semester hours of Master’s Thesis in any semester or summer session for a maximum of 6 semester hours. Students electing this option must obtain a thesis advisor before Departmental consent will be considered. Formal requirements may be obtained from the Department.


In addition to the above requirements, the candidate of the Master of Science in Engineering degree in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering emphasis and Water Resources Engineering emphasis) must possess an undergraduate Engineering degree or pass the Fundamentals of Engineering examination given by the State of California prior to applying for graduation.

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