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 Nutrition2
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   449Biodiversity and Conservation3
ENVS 401Earth System Science and Global Change4
ENVS 434The Environmental Context of Community Health3
ENVS 455Environmental Law and Regulation4
ENVS 485Seminar 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 487Internship in Environmental Sciences4
GEOL 204Physical Geology4
GEOL 434Introduction to GIS for the Natural Sciences (2)2
GEOL 435GIS Spatial Analysis for the Natural Sciences (3)3
GEOL 475Philosophy of Science and Origins4

Concentration (choose one; 12 units)

Conservation Biology & Biodiversity (Choose 12 units)
BIOL 406Marine Biology4
BIOL 407Herpetology3
BIOL 409Mammalogy4
BIOL 414Biology of Marine Invertebrates4
BIOL 415Ecology4
BIOL 428Genetics and Speciation4
BIOL 456Techniques in Vertebrate Ecology3
BIOL 466Multivariate Statistics3
BIOL 488Current Topics in Biology1-4
BIOL 495Undergraduate Research1
BIOL 497Special Projects in Biology1-4
ENVS 487Internship in Environmental Sciences4,8
ENVS 488Topics in Environmental Sciences1-4
ENVS 495Special Projects in Environmental Sciences1-4
ENVS 497Undergraduate Research1-4
HGIS 421Cartography and Map Design3
HGIS 423Practical Issues in GIS4
HGIS 424Desktop GIS Software Applications4
HGIS 434Advanced GIS Software Applications3
HGIS 435Sources, Capture, and Integration of GIS Data3
HGIS 436Spatial Analysis with GIS4
HGIS 437GIS in Public Health2
HGIS 499Directed Study/Special Project1-4
Environemental Geology (Choose 12 units)
GEOL 204Physical Geology4
GEOL 316Mineralogy4
GEOL 317Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
GEOL 416Sedimentology and Stratigraphy6
GEOL 424Structural Geology4
GEOL 426Invertebrate Paleontology4
GEOL 427Vertebrate Paleontology4
GEOL 431Geochemistry4
GEOL 443Historical Geology4
GEOL 455Modern Carbonate Depositional Systems3
GEOL 456Field Methods of Geologic Mapping4
GEOL 465Hydrogeology4
GEOL 488Topics in Geology1-4
GEOL 495Special Projects in Geology1-4
GEOL 497Undergraduate Research1
ENVS 487Internship in Environmental Sciences4,8
ENVS 488Topics in Environmental Sciences1-4
ENVS 495Special Projects in Environmental Sciences1-4
ENVS 497Undergraduate Research1-4
HGIS 421Cartography and Map Design3
HGIS 423Practical Issues in GIS4
HGIS 424Desktop GIS Softwre Applications4
HGIS 434Advanced GIS Software Applications3
HGIS 435Sources, Capture, and Integration of GIS Data3
HGIS 436Spatial Analysis with GIS4
HGIS 437GIS in Public Health2
HGIS 499Directed Study/Special Project1-4

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/universities6-10
Select one of the following:
RELT 406Adventist Beliefs and Life2
RELT 423Loma Linda Perspectives2
RELT 436Adventist Heritage and Health2
RELT 437Current Issues in Adventism2

GENERAL ELECTIVES

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