Degree Requirements

All students entering our program enter as transfer students. Students should plan to take two years of required co-requisite coursework (outlined below) at an accredited community college, or university prior to accepatance, and the last two years of resident requirements (below) of the Environmental Sciences curriculum at Loma Linda University (LLU), totaling 192 qtr units. Early acceptance (some co-requisites missing) will be considered on a case per case basis. However, all co-requisites need to be completed before confering of a degree. 

Note: No more than 105 quarter/70 semester units may be transferred from a junior or community college. Grades of C- and below are not accepted for credit.

Co-Requisite requirements

The courses outlined below are required of all ENVS students and concurrently satisfy undergraduate general elective requirements at LLU. For a complete description of LLU's GE requirements and criteria please refer to the Division of General Studies section in a current LLU catalog. Units shown are quarter units.

General education (GE) requirements (44-48 units)

Freshman English (full sequence that meets baccalaureate requirements) 9-13
Religion (minimum 4 units for each 48 units enrolled in a SDA college) 0-8
Peronal Health or Nutrition 2
Physical Education (two separate/different courses) 1
Social Sciences (e.g. anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, sociology, etc.) 12
Humanities (a course from three of the following areas: civilization/history, fine arts, literature, modern languages, performing/visual arts [4 units max], or philosophy) 12-20

Cognate requirements (31 units)

College Algebra  4
Statistics (can be taken at LLU) 3

Two  of  the  following  full  year  sequences  

General Biology (science  major  level) 12
General Chemistry (science  major  level) 12
General Physics (science  major  level) 12

Resident requirements (taken at LLU)

Upon acceptance, students must take 32 units of core courses, 12 units in a concentration, and 20 units of environmental science electives (see below). Equivelent transfer courses can satisfy resident ENVS course requirements and do not have to be repeated. 

Core courses (32 units)

BIOL   449 Biodiversity and Conservation 3
ENVH 414 Introduction to Environmental Health 3
ENVH 422 Principles of Geographic Information Systems 4
ENVH 424 Desktop GIS Software Applications 4
ENVH 434 Advanced GIS Software Applications 3
ENVS 401 Earth System Science and Global Change 4
ENVS 455 Environmental Law and Regulation 4
ENVS 485 Seminar in Environmental Sciences (required every quarter in residence) 3
GEOL 475 Philosophy of Science and Origins 4

Concentration (choose one; 12 units)

Conservation Biology & Biodiversity (Choose 12 units)
BIOL 409 Marine Biology (4)
BIOL 409 Mammalogy (4)
BIOL 414 Biology of Marine Invertabrates (4)
BIOL 415 Ecology (4)
BIOL 428 Genetics and Speciation (4)
BIOL 437 Animal Behavior (4)
BIOL 439 Behavioral Ecology (4)
BIOL 449 Biodiversity and Conservation (3)
BIOL 456 Techniques in Vertebrate Ecology (3)
BIOL 495 Undergraduate Research (1)
Environemental Geology (Choose 12 units)
GEOL 204 Marine Biology (4)
GEOL 316 Mineralogy (4)
GEOL 317 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (4)
GEOL 326 Geology of Southern California (3)
GEOL 416 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (8)
GEOL 424 Structural Geology (4)
GEOL 431 Geochemistry (4)
GEOL 437 Geophysics (4)
GEOL 443 Historical Geology (4)
GEOL 455 Modern Carbonate Depositional Systems (3)
GEOL 456 Field Methods of Geological Mapping (4)
GEOL 464 Environmental Geology (3)
GEOL 465 Hydtrogeology (4)
GEOL 497 Undergraduate Research (1)

Environmental sciences electives (20 units)

Elective (0) Choose from any of the environmental sciences concentration areas. A minimum of one course from each non-concentration area is required. Other possible courses are subject to departmental approval.  20


Any undergraduate courses taught at Loma Linda University or other regionally accredited colleges needed to meet the 192-unit total requirement.