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
Personal 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
ENVS 401 Earth System Science and Global Change 4
ENVS 434 The Environmental Context of Community Health 3
ENVS 455 Environmental Law and Regulation 4
ENVS 485 Seminar in Environmental Sciences (all students are required to register and attend seminar every quarter. Typically seminar units will add up to 3 units at the completion of the program.  0.5
ENVS 487 Internship in Environmental Sciences 4
GEOL 204 Physical Geology 4
GEOL 434 Introduction to GIS for the Natural Sciences (2) 2
GEOL 435 GIS Spatial Analysis for the Natural Sciences (3) 3
GEOL 475 Philosophy of Science and Origins 4

Concentration (choose one; 12 units)

Conservation Biology & Biodiversity (Choose 12 units)
BIOL 406 Marine Biology 4
BIOL 407 Herpetology 3
BIOL 409 Mammalogy 4
BIOL 414 Biology of Marine Invertebrates 4
BIOL 415 Ecology 4
BIOL 428 Genetics and Speciation 4
BIOL 456 Techniques in Vertebrate Ecology 3
BIOL 466 Multivariate Statistics 3
BIOL 488 Current Topics in Biology 1-4
BIOL 495 Undergraduate Research 1
BIOL 497 Special Projects in Biology 1-4
ENVS 487 Internship in Environmental Sciences 4,8
ENVS 488 Topics in Environmental Sciences 1-4
ENVS 495 Special Projects in Environmental Sciences 1-4
ENVS 497 Undergraduate Research 1-4
HGIS 421 Cartography and Map Design 3
HGIS 423 Practical Issues in GIS 4
HGIS 424 Desktop GIS Software Applications 4
HGIS 434 Advanced GIS Software Applications 3
HGIS 435 Sources, Capture, and Integration of GIS Data 3
HGIS 436 Spatial Analysis with GIS 4
HGIS 437 GIS in Public Health 2
HGIS 499 Directed Study/Special Project 1-4
Environemental Geology (Choose 12 units)
GEOL 204 Physical Geology 4
GEOL 316 Mineralogy 4
GEOL 317 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 4
GEOL 416 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 6
GEOL 424 Structural Geology 4
GEOL 426 Invertebrate Paleontology 4
GEOL 427 Vertebrate Paleontology 4
GEOL 431 Geochemistry 4
GEOL 443 Historical Geology 4
GEOL 455 Modern Carbonate Depositional Systems 3
GEOL 456 Field Methods of Geologic Mapping 4
GEOL 465 Hydrogeology 4
GEOL 488 Topics in Geology 1-4
GEOL 495 Special Projects in Geology 1-4
GEOL 497 Undergraduate Research 1
ENVS 487 Internship in Environmental Sciences 4,8
ENVS 488 Topics in Environmental Sciences 1-4
ENVS 495 Special Projects in Environmental Sciences 1-4
ENVS 497 Undergraduate Research 1-4
HGIS 421 Cartography and Map Design 3
HGIS 423 Practical Issues in GIS 4
HGIS 424 Desktop GIS Softwre Applications 4
HGIS 434 Advanced GIS Software Applications 3
HGIS 435 Sources, Capture, and Integration of GIS Data 3
HGIS 436 Spatial Analysis with GIS 4
HGIS 437 GIS in Public Health 2
HGIS 499 Directed Study/Special Project 1-4

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

Religion

REL 4-- Upper-Division Religion (total units required will be proraed based on total program units completed at LLU and other SDA colleges/universities 6-10
Select one of the following:
RELT 406 Adventist Beliefs and Life 2
RELT 423 Loma Linda Perspectives 2
RELT 436 Adventist Heritage and Health 2
RELT 437 Current Issues in Adventism 2

GENERAL ELECTIVES

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