Interdisciplinary

Within Loyola's College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), several departments coordinate to facilitate interdisciplinary academic major programs, academic minors, and specialized tracks.

Interdisciplinary academic major programs include:

Interdisciplinary academic minor programs include:

Interdisciplinary non-degree programs include:

Environment 

The Environment Program coordinates interdisciplinary degrees in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies. A list of participating Environment faculty can be viewed on the CAS website.

Academic Programs

Students can pursue degrees in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, a Teacher Education track, and University Honors Program curriculum. Available programs include:

A detailed curriculum for each program is listed below. 

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Environmental Science major - Biological Science concentration

The Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science major with a concentration in Biological Sciences is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements, major and concentration requirements, adjunct courses in sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. 
 

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 40 crs
    • Environmental Science major: 35 crs
    • Adjunct - Sciences: 23 crs
    • General Electives: 22 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 41 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundations Math is satisfied by MATH A245 Calculus for Life Sciences or MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs; extra credit will apply to general electives) 
    • Foundations Science is satisfied by BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity & BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
    • Philosophy 2 is satisfied by PHIL U243 Environmental Philosophy or PHIL W245 Environmental Ethics
    • Natural Sciences is satisfied by the Adjunct - Sciences courses
       
  • Environmental Science major core courses for 15 crs: 
    • ENVA A104 Foundations of Environmental Science
    • ENVA A105 Foundations in Environmental Studies
    • BIOL A208 Ecology & Evolution
    • Choose from either: 
      • MATH A241 Introduction to Probability & Statistics
      • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
    • Capstone - choose from: 
      • ENVA A497 Practicum/Internship
      • ENVA A498 Research
         
  • Biological Science concentration courses for 11 crs
    • Biological Science Lecture - choose one course for 3 crs from: 
      • BIOL A322 Population Genetics
      • BIOL A324 Evolutionary Biology
      • BIOL A328 Genetic Analysis
      • BIOL A336 Animal Behavior
      • BIOL A355 Conservation Biology
    • Biological Science Lecture & Lab - choose two sequences for 8 crs from: 
      • BIOL A320 Entomology & BIOL A321 Entomology Lab (1 cr)
      • BIOL A330 Ecology & BIOL A331 Ecology Lab (1 cr)
      • BIOL A334 Biology of Fishes & BIOL A335 Biology of Fishes Lab (1 cr)
      • BIOL A338 Plant Ecology & BIOL A339 Plant Ecology Lab (1 cr)
      • BIOL A356 Aquatic Microbiology & BIOL A357 Aquatic Microbiology Lab (1 crs)
         
  • Environmental Science major elective courses for 9 crs, chosen in consultation with an advisor:
    • Environmental Humanities Elective
    • Environmental Social Science Elective
    • Environmental Major Elective 
       
  • Adjunct - Sciences courses for 23 crs:
    • BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms 
    • BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab (1 cr)
    • CHEM A105 General Chemistry I 
    • CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (1 cr)
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II 
    • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr)
    • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I 
    • CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
    • Natural Sciences Electives for 7 crs. Select from BIOL, CHEM, MATH A200-A499 or PHYS A102 - A499 
       
  • General Electives: complete 22 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Environmental Science major - Biological Sciences concentration with Teacher Education track

The Teacher Education track program is available to students in the Environmental Science major. Students selecting the Teacher Education track will complete their program curriculum with itemized changes that include a modified set of Adjunct Science Electives, and a set of approved Teacher Education courses completed within the General Electives area. 

  • Modification to the major includes a reduction of the required Environmental Science major electives to 6 credit hours (crs):
    • Environmental Humanities Elective
    • Environmental Social Science Elective
       
  • Modifications to the Adjunct - Science requirements. Complete the following Adjunct - Sciences courses for 12 crs:
    • BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms 
    • BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab (1 cr)
    • CHEM A105 General Chemistry I 
    • CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (1 cr)
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II 
    • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr)
       
  • Teacher Education Track Courses: 33 crs of coursework is required to complete the Teacher Education track. These courses are completed within the General Electives area of the academic program. 
    • TEAC A100 Foundations of Multicultural Education
    • TEAC A210 The Learner with Special Needs
    • TEAC A300 Secondary Methods I - General Pedagogy 
    • TEAC A306 Secondary Methods II - Specific Field Pedagogy
    • TEAC A310 Reading in the Content Area
    • TEAC A312 Dyslexia
    • TEAC A343 Classroom Management & Organization
    • TEAC A410 Teaching Residency I
    • TEAC A412 Teaching Residency II (6 crs) 
    • PSYC A255 Adolescent Psychology 
  • Note: Teacher Education students need to complete 2 "ENGL" courses
     
  • Remaining General Electives: Students pursuing the Teacher Education track are required to complete 3 crs of general electives. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, Adjunct, or Teacher Education Track curriculums.

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Environmental Studies major - Humanities concentration

The Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Science major with a concentration in Humanities is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements, major and concentration requirements, adjunct courses in language, adjunct courses in natural & social sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. 
 

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 39 crs
    • Environmental Studies major: 33 crs
    • Adjunct - Languages: 6 crs
    • Adjunct - Natural & Social Sciences: 9 crs
    • General Electives: 33 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 39 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Philosophy 2 is satisfied by PHIL U243 Environmental Philosophy or PHIL W245 Environmental Ethics
    • Natural Sciences is satisfied by the Adjunct - Sciences courses
       
  • Environmental Studies major core courses for 15 crs: 
    • ENVA A104 Foundation of Environmental Science
    • ENVA A105 Foundations in Environmental Studies
    • BIOL A208 Ecology & Evolution
    • Choose from either: 
      • MATH A241 Introduction to Probability & Statistics
      • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
    • Capstone - choose from: 
      • ENVA A497 Practicum/Internship
      • ENVA A498 Research
         
  • Humanities concentration courses - choose five of the following courses for 15 crs
    • ENGL A352 Literature & the Environment
    • HIST Q234 Technology, Nature, & the West
    • PHIL U243 Environmental Philosophy
    • PHIL W245 Environmental Ethics
    • RELS A368 Christianity & the Environment
    • RELS A470 Spirituality of Nature Writers
    • RELS S330 Faith, Science, and Religion
    • RELS V234 World Religions and Ecology
    • RELS V265 Eco Feminist Theologies
    • RELS V334 Rel. Ecologies of South Asia
       
  • Environmental Studies major elective course for 3 crs, chosen in consultation with an advisor.
     
  • Adjunct courses - Language requirement: complete 6 crs of language credit, up to the 201 level of proficiency. This requirement can be satisfied with courses in spoken languages like French or Spanish, or in classical languages like Greek or Latin. Students will complete a placement activity to begin the language sequence. Students who initially place into the 201 level of proficiency will have a modified language requirement of only 3 crs, with the additional 3 crs attributed to General Electives. Courses like COSC A211, COSC A212, and MATH A271 can also be chosen to fulfill this requirement.
     
  • Adjunct courses - Natural & Social Sciences courses for 9 crs:
    • Natural Sciences choose one course for 3 crs from: 
      • BIOL Y230 Human Ecology
      • BIOL Y236 Evolution
      • BIOL Y237 Marine Biology & Conservation
      • BIOL Y240 Plant Natural History
      • BIOL Y244 Mississippi River Delta Ecology
      • BIOL Y250 Tropical Ecology
      • BIOL Y262 Human Sociobiology
      • BIOL Y264 Global Ecology
      • BIOL A320 Entomology
      • BIOL A330 Ecology
      • BIOL A334 Biology of Fishes
      • BIOL A336 Animal Behavior
      • BIOL A338 Plant Ecology
      • BIOL A355 Conservation Biology 
    • Social Sciences choose two courses for 6 crs from: 
      • CMMN A371 Covering Environmental Beat
      • CMMN A475 Environmental Communication
      • CRIM A340 Environmental Criminology
      • SOCI A285 Sociology of Disaster
      • SOCI A355 Environmental Sociology
      • SOCI X315 Sociology of Food and Food Justice
         
  • General Electives: complete 33 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Environmental Studies major - Social Sciences concentration

The Bachelor of Arts, Environmental Science major with a concentration in Social Sciences is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements, major and concentration requirements, adjunct courses in language, adjunct courses in sciences & humanities, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. 
 

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 39 crs
    • Environmental Studies major: 33 crs
    • Adjunct - Languages: 6 crs
    • Adjunct - Natural & Social Sciences: 9 crs
    • General Electives: 33 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 39 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Philosophy 2 is satisfied by PHIL U243 Environmental Philosophy or PHIL W245 Environmental Ethics
    • Natural Sciences is satisfied by the Adjunct - Sciences courses
       
  • Environmental Studies major core courses for 15 crs: 
    • ENVA A104 Foundations of Environmental Science
    • ENVA A105 Foundations in Environmental Studies
    • BIOL A208 Ecology & Evolution
    • Choose from either: 
      • MATH A241 Introduction to Probability & Statistics
      • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
    • Capstone - choose one course from: 
      • ENVA A497 Practicum/Internship
      • ENVA A498 Research
         
  • Social Sciences concentration courses - choose five of the following courses for 15 crs
    • CMMN A371 Covering Environmental Beat
    • CMMN A475 Environmental Communication
    • CRIM A340 Environmental Criminology
    • SOCI A285 Sociology of Disaster
    • SOCI A355 Environmental Sociology
    • SOCI X315 Sociology of Food and Food Justice
    • Other approved courses as designated by an advisor
       
  • Environmental Studies major elective course for 3 crs, chosen in consultation with an advisor:
     
  • Adjunct courses - Language requirement: complete 6 crs of language credit, up to the 201 level of proficiency. This requirement can be satisfied with courses in spoken languages like French or Spanish, or in classical languages like Greek or Latin. Students will complete a placement activity to begin the language sequence. Students who initially place into the 201 level of proficiency will have a modified language requirement of only 3 crs, with the additional 3 crs attributed to General Electives.  Courses like COSC A211, COSC A212, and MATH A271 can also be chosen to fulfill this requirement.
     
  • Adjunct courses - Natural Sciences & Humanities courses for 9 crs:
    • Natural Sciences choose one course for 3 crs from: 
      • BIOL Y230 Human Ecology
      • BIOL Y236 Evolution
      • BIOL Y237 Marine Biology & Conservation
      • BIOL Y240 Plant Natural History
      • BIOL Y244 Mississippi River Delta Ecology
      • BIOL Y250 Tropical Ecology
      • BIOL Y262 Human Sociobiology
      • BIOL Y264 Global Ecology
      • BIOL A320 Entomology
      • BIOL A330 Ecology
      • BIOL A334 Biology of Fishes
      • BIOL A336 Animal Behavior
      • BIOL A338 Plant Ecology
      • BIOL A355 Conservation Biology 
      • BIOL A356 Aquatic Microbiology
    • Humanities choose two courses for 6 crs from: 
      • ENGL A352 Literature & the Environment
      • HIST Q234 Technology, Nature, & the West
      • PHIL U243 Environmental Philosophy
      • PHIL W245 Environmental Ethics
      • RELS A368 Christianity & the Environment
      • RELS A470 Spirituality of Nature Writers
      • RELS S330 Faith, Science, and Religion
      • RELS V234 World Religions and Ecology
      • RELS V265 Eco Feminist Theologies
      • RELS V334 Rel. Ecologies of South Asia
         
  • General Electives: complete 33 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Environment programs - University Honors Program

Students who meet University Honors Program admission requirements can complete their preferred program with the Honors Curriculum taking the place of the Loyola Core and satisfying an elective with HONS H491 Honors Thesis (1 cr) in addition to an Honors-level sequence that includes the capstone requirement for the major. The Honors Curriculum may impact the number of credits required in the General Elective area. Completion of this academic program requires a 3.3 GPA in the student’s Loyola cumulative curriculum.

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Environmental Studies Minor

Curriculum for Environmental Studies minors requires 21 credit hours taken as part of or in addition to the General Electives area of a student’s undergraduate program, but courses used to satisfy requirements in an academic major cannot also be used to satisfy requirements in a minor program. Successful completion of an academic minor requires a 2.0 GPA or higher for all courses. Requirements include: 
 

  • ENVA A104 Foundations of Environmental Science and ENVA A105 Foundations in Environmental Studies is an eligible course for any of the three sections listed below. 
  • Natural Sciences & Math Section: select two courses for 6 crs: 
    • BIOL A208 Ecology & Evolution*
    • BIOL A320 Entomology & BIOL A321 Entomology Lab (1 cr)
    • BIOL A330 Ecology & BIOL A331 Ecology Lab (1 cr)*
    • BIOL A334 Biology of Fishes & Biology of Fishes Lab (1 cr)
    • BIOL A336 Animal Behavior*
    • BIOL A338 Plant Ecology & Plant Ecology Lab (1 cr)
    • BIOL A355 Conservation Biology 
    • BIOL A356 Aquatic Microbiology
    • BIOL Y230 Human Ecology
    • BIOL Y236 Evolution
    • BIOL Y237 Marine Biology & Conservation
    • BIOL Y240 Plant Natural History
    • BIOL Y244 Mississippi River Delta Ecology
    • BIOL Y250 Tropical Ecology & BIOL Y251 Tropical Ecology Lab (1 cr)
    • BIOL Y262 Human Sociobiology
    • BIOL Y264 Global Ecology
    • CHEM A105 General Chemistry I* 
    • CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (1 cr)*
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II* 
    • CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr)*

      *Biology & Chemistry majors will need to consult with an advisor before applying these courses to a minor
       
  • Social Science & Business Section: select two courses for 6 crs: 
    • CMMN A371 Environmental Beat
    • CMMN A475 Environmental Communication
    • CRIM A340 Environmental Criminology
    • SOCI A285 Sociology of Disaster
    • SOCI A355 Environmental Sociology
    • SOCI X236 Global Environmental Crisis
  • Humanities Section: select two courses for 6 crs: 
    • ENGL A352 Literature & the Environment
    • HIST Q234 Technology, Nature, & the West
    • HIST Q236 Historical Geography
    • PHIL U243 Environmental Philosophy
    • PHIL W245 Environmental Ethics
    • RELS A368 Christianity & the Environment
    • RELS A470 Spirituality of Nature Writers
    • RELS S330 Faith, Science, and Religion
    • RELS V234 World Religions and Ecology
    • RELS V265 Eco Feminist Theologies
    • RELS V334 Rel. Ecologies of South Asia
  • Capstone Requirement: select one of the following courses for 3 crs.  
    • ENVA A497 Practicum/Internship
    • ENVA A498 Research

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Neuroscience Programs

Students pursuing a major in the Neuroscience area can choose from several different concentrations. The interdisciplinary program also partners with the University Honors Program to deliver Honors versions of all programs. Programs include:

A detailed curriculum for each program is listed below.

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Neuroscience major - Biology concentration

The Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience major with a Biology concentration is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements, Neuroscience major requirements, concentration courses in Biological Sciences, adjunct courses in language, adjunct courses in natural sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. 

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 40-41 crs
    • Neuroscience major: 49 crs
    • Includes 19 crs of Biology concentration coursework
    • Adjunct - Languages Computer Science: 6 crs
    • Adjunct - Natural Sciences: 14
    • General Electives: 10-11 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 40-41 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs) or MATH A245 Calculus for Life Sciences
    • Foundation Science requirement is satisfied within the major.
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied with PHYS A115 Physics for Life Sciences I and PHYS A112 Physics Lab (3 + 1 crs) 
       
  • Neuroscience major core courses for 30 crs. Requirements include: 
    • PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology
    • NEUR A100 Fundamentals of Neuroscience
    • Choose one of the following courses: 
      • PSYC A230 Developmental Psychology
      • PSYC A235 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC A301 Introduction to Research
    • PSYC A303 Statistics & Methods
    • BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity Lecture
    • BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A116 Physics for Life Sciences II
    • PHYS A113 Physics Lab II (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A105 General Chemistry I Lecture
    • CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
    • Capstone: NEUR G493, G497, or G499 Research in Neuroscience. Capstone may be independent study, directed readings, or internship chosen in consultation with an advisor.  
       
  • Neuroscience - Biology Concentration courses for 19 crs. Requirements include: 
    • BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms Lecture
    • BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A314 Anatomy & Physiology I
    • BIOL A315 Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A326 Molecular Genetics Lecture
    • BIOL A327 Molecular Genetics Lab (1 cr) 
    • BIOL A336 Animal Behavior 
    • BIOL A360 Cell Biology Lecture
    • BIOL A361 Cell Biology Lab (1 cr) 
       
  • Adjunct courses - natural sciences: Complete 14 crs. of coursework including two lecture-lab sequences, selected from the following options. Extra lab credits beyond adjunct requirements will count towards the general electives area.  
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II & CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr)
    • PHYS A436 Cellular Biophysics
    • PSYC A315 Behavioral Neuroscience & PSYC A316 Behavioral Neuroscience Lab (1 cr)
    • PSYC A416 Sensation & Perception & PSYC A417 Sensation & Perception Lab (1 cr)  
    • PSYC A422 Cognitive Neuroscience & PSYC A423 Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (1 cr) 
    • Advanced Science course. Select from BIOL, CHEM, COSC, MATH, or PHYS in consultation with advisor.
       
  • Adjunct courses - Language requirement is satisfied with computer programming for 6 crs: 
    • COSC A211 Introduction to Programming I
    • COSC A212 Introduction to Programming II  
       
  • General Electives: complete 10-11 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.
    • Recommended general electives for pre-health majors include: 
      • BIOL A300 Microbiology & BIOL A301 Microbiology Lab (3 + 1 cr) 
      • BIOL A405 Biochemistry I
      • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I & CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (3 + 1 cr)
      • CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II & CHEM A311 Organic Chemistry II Lab (3 + 1 cr)

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Neuroscience major - Physics concentration

The Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience major with a Physics concentration is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements, Neuroscience major requirements, concentration courses in Physics, adjunct courses in language, adjunct courses in natural sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. 

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 41 crs
    • Neuroscience major: 45 crs
    • Includes 18 crs of Physics concentration coursework
    • Adjunct - Computer Science Languages: 6 crs
    • Adjunct - Natural Sciences: 18 crs
    • General Electives: 10 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 41 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Math requirement is satisfied by MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs)
    • Foundation Science requirement is satisfied within the major.  
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied with A105 & CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lecture and Lab (3 + 1 crs) 
       
  • Neuroscience major core courses for 27 crs. Requirements include: 
    • PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology
    • NEUR A100 Fundamentals of Neuroscience
    • Choose one of the following courses: 
      • PSYC A230 Developmental Psychology
      • PSYC A235 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC A301 Introduction to Research
    • PSYC A303 Statistics & Methods
    • BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity Lecture
    • BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A101 Introduction to Mechanics (4 crs)
    • PHYS A103 Mechanics Lab (1 cr) 
    • Capstone: NEUR G493, G497, or G499 Research in Neuroscience. Capstone may be an independent study, directed readings, or internship chosen in consultation with an advisor.
       
  • Neuroscience - Physics Concentration courses for 18 crs. Requirements include: 
    • PHYS A102 Introduction to Electromagnetism & Relativity Lecture (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A104 Electromagnetism & Relativity Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A240 Introduction to Waves & Quantum Physics (4 crs) 
    • Choose three PHYS or Biophysics electives for 9 crs from the following options:
      • PHYS A241 Thermal Physics
      • PHYS A365 Biomechanics & Neural Control
      • PHYS A436 Cellular Biophysics
      • PHYS A437 Intro to Neural Networks
         
  • Adjunct courses - natural sciences: Complete 18 crs. of coursework. Extra lab credits beyond adjunct requirements will count towards the general electives area.  
    • MATH A258 Calculus II (4 crs) 
    • Select 14 crs from the following options including two lecture-lab sequences.
      • BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms & BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab (1 cr) 
      • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II & CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr)
      • COSC A217 Object-Oriented Programming
      • PSYC A315 Behavioral Neuroscience & PSYC A316 Behavioral Neuroscience Lab (1 cr)
      • PSYC A416 Sensation & Perception & PSYC A417 Sensation & Perception Lab (1 cr)  
      • PSYC A422 Cognitive Neuroscience & PSYC A423 Cognitive Neuroscience Lab (1 cr) 
      • Advanced Science course. Select from BIOL, CHEM, COSC, MATH, or PHYS in consultation with an advisor.
         
  • Adjunct courses - Language requirement is satisfied with computer programming for 6 crs: 
    • COSC A211 Intro to Programming I
    • COSC A212 Intro to Programming II 
       
  • General Electives: complete 10 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.
    • Recommended general electives for pre-health majors include: 
      • BIOL A300 Microbiology & BIOL A301 Microbiology Lab (3 + 1 cr) 
      • BIOL A405 Biochemistry I
      • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I & CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (3 + 1 cr)
      • CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II & CHEM A311 Organic Chemistry II Lab (3 + 1 cr)

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Neuroscience major - Psychology concentration

The Bachelor of Science, Neuroscience major with a Psychology concentration is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements, Neuroscience major requirements, concentration courses in Psychological Sciences, adjunct courses in language, adjunct courses in natural sciences, and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed in the department unless an exception is allowed by the department chair. 

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 40-41 crs
    • Neuroscience major: 44 crs
    • Includes 14 crs of Psychology concentration coursework
    • Adjunct - Languages Computer Science: 6 crs
    • Adjunct - Natural Sciences: 14 crs
    • General Electives: 15-16 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 40-41 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundation Mathematics requirement must be satisfied with MATH A257 Calculus I (4 crs) or MATH A245 Calculus for Life Sciences
    • Foundation Science requirement is satisfied within the major.
    • Natural Science in Context requirement is satisfied with PHYS A115 Physics for Life Sciences I and PHYS A112 Physics Lab (3 + 1 crs)
       
  • Neuroscience major core courses for 30 crs. Requirements include: 
    • PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology
    • NEUR A100 Fundamentals of Neuroscience
    • Choose one of the following courses: 
      • PSYC A230 Developmental Psychology
      • PSYC A235 Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC A301 Introduction to Research
    • PSYC A303 Statistics & Methods
    • BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity Lecture
    • BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
    • PHYS A116 Physics for Life Sciences II
    • PHYS A113 Physics Lab II (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A105 General Chemistry I Lecture
    • CHEM A107 General Chemistry I Lab (1 cr) 
    • Capstone: NEUR G493, G497, or G499 Research in Neuroscience. Capstone may be an independent study, directed readings, or internship chosen in consultation with an advisor.  
       
  • Neuroscience - Psychology Concentration courses for 14 crs. Requirements include: 
    • PSYC A315 Behavioral Neuroscience Lecture 
    • PSYC A316 Behavioral Neuroscience Lab (1 cr) 
    • PSYC A415 Psychopharmacology 
    • PSYC A416 Sensation & Perception Lecture
    • PSYC A417 Sensation & Perception Lab (1 cr) 
    • PSYC A422 Cognitive Neuroscience Lecture 
       
  • Adjunct courses - natural sciences: Complete 14 crs. of coursework including two lecture-lab sequences, selected from the following options. Extra lab credits beyond adjunct requirements will count towards the general electives area.  
    • BIOL A108 Biology of Organisms & BIOL A109 Biology of Organisms Lab (1 cr) 
    • CHEM A106 General Chemistry II & CHEM A108 General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr)
    • COSC A217 Object-Oriented Programming
    • MATH A258 Calculus II (4 crs) 
    • PHYS A436 Cellular Biophysics
    • PSYC A428 Psychology of Learning & PSYC A429 Psychology of Learning Lab (1 cr) 
    • Advanced Science course. Select from BIOL, CHEM, COSC, MATH, or PHYS in consultation with an advisor.
       
  • Adjunct courses - Language requirement is satisfied with computer programming for 6 crs: 
    • COSC A211 Intro to Programming I
    • COSC A212 Intro to Programming II 
       
  • General Electives: complete 15-16 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Science program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.
    • Recommended general electives for pre-health majors include: 
      • BIOL A300 Microbiology & BIOL A301 Microbiology Lab (3 + 1 cr) 
      • BIOL A405 Biochemistry I
      • CHEM A300 Organic Chemistry I & CHEM A310 Organic Chemistry I Lab (3 + 1 cr)
      • CHEM A301 Organic Chemistry II & CHEM A311 Organic Chemistry II Lab (3 + 1 cr)

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Neuroscience programs - University Honors Program curriculum

Students who meet University Honors Program admission requirements can complete their program with the Honors Curriculum taking the place of the Loyola Core and completing their Neuroscience capstone as their Honors Thesis. The Honors Curriculum also impacts the number of credits required in the General Elective area. Completion of this academic program requires a 3.3 GPA in the student’s Loyola cumulative curriculum.

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Pre-Nursing Program

Students will begin pursuing their Bachelor of Science in Nursing in their 2nd year. In their 1st year a student is considered Pre-Nursing. They will spend their Fall and Spring semesters taking prerequisites. Upon completing the required prerequisite courses with a C or better and maintaining a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA the Pre-Nursing students will be placed in the Nursing program. They will then begin taking Nursing courses in the Fall of their 2nd year.

Cohorts for the Pre-Nursing program start in Fall semester. However, students may request to change their major to Pre-Nursing at any time.

Change of Major to Pre-Nursing/Nursing

A student may request to change their major to Pre-Nursing or Nursing at any point. The School of Nursing will review the students' Change of Major request along with previous Loyola coursework as well as all transfer credit. If the student meets the minimum requirement of a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a minimum of a C or better in their science courses they will be permitted to start as a Pre-Nursing student.

If the student does not have previous Loyola or college course work a high school transcript will be reviewed. From high school, a student must have a minimum of a 3.0 overall GPA in their science courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Mathematics Requirement

Students in the Pre-Nursing program must have 3 or 4 semester hours of a college-level Math course with a grade of C or higher prior to taking NURS G454 Intro to Statistics. This can be accomplished by completing Math T122 Math Models (3), Math A110 Concepts in College Algebra (4), or a higher-level math course. Credit-carrying equivalent from dual enrollment, transfer from an accredited 2- or 4-year institution, AP exam credit, IB exam credit, or CLEP exam credit as set forth in the transfer or academic credit regulations will be accepted in place of math.

In the absence of the other placement instruments listed, the ALEKS math assessment should be taken. If ALEKS is not taken, default placement is into Math A110-Concepts in College Algebra.

  • Test Scoring: students can meet the college-level algebra requirement based on the following ACTM and SATM scores, and satisfy credit hour requirements with a modification to the Loyola Core:
    • ACT Math 29 or above
    • SAT Math 690 or above
    • ALEKS 76 or above

Science Course Grades & Sequencing

Pre-Nursing students must complete all of the following courses with a grade of C or higher. If a student receives a grade of a C or lower the student may be permitted to take the course in the Summer semester at Loyola or another 2- or 4-year institution upon approval from a Nursing Academic Advisor.

  • BIOL A110 Anatomy and Physiology I for Nursing (3 crs)
  • BIOLA A111 Anatomy and Physiology I Lab for Nursing (1 cr)
  • NURS T121 Introduction to Healthcare (3 crs)
  • CHEM A102 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry (3 crs)
  • PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology (3 crs)
  • BIOL A112 Anatomy and Physiology II for Nursing (3 crs)
  • BIOL A113 Anatomy and Physiology II Lab for Nursing (1 cr)
  • BIOL A114 Microbiology for Nursing (3 crs)
  • BIOL A115 Microbiology for Nursing Lab (1 cr)
  • PSYC A230 Developmental Psychology (3 crs)
  • MATH T122 Math Models (3 crs) or MATH A110 Concepts in College Algebra (4 crs) or a higher-level Math course.

The Traditional Bachelor of Science curriculum is outlined in the Bulletin under the School of Nursing section for the College of Nursing and Health.

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Public Health

The Department of Public Health offers academic programs that allow students to gain an interdisciplinary understanding of public health that combines scientific exploration, research, and communication skills and ethical decision-making.

Public Health Programs

Students pursuing a major in the Public Health area can choose from two different degree paths. The interdisciplinary program also partners with the University Honors Program to deliver Honors versions of each degree.

A detailed curriculum for each program is listed below. 

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Bachelor of Arts, Public Health major

The Bachelor of Arts, Public Health major is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements; Public Health major requirements; adjunct courses in medical humanities, language, and statistics; and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed as specified unless an exception is allowed by the program director. 

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 40 crs
    • Public Health major: 30 crs
    • Adjunct courses: 9 crs
    • General Electives: 41 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 40 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundations Science 1 is completed using BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity and BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
    • Philosophy 2 is satisfied by PHIL W234 Medical Ethics, PHIL W245 Environmental Ethics, or PHIL W247 Global Ethics 
    • Religious Studies 1 Christian Traditions is satisfied by RELS S242 Christian Ethics or RELS S332 Ethics of Death and Dying
    • Natural Sciences is satisfied by major coursework
    • Social Sciences is satisfied by PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology 
       
  • Public Health major core courses for 15 crs: 
    • CHEM A102 Intro to Organic & Biochemistry
    • PHEA A100 Intro to Public Health/
    • PHEA A300 Healthcare Systems
    • PHEA A350 Epidemiology
    • PHEA A480 Capstone
       
  • Public Health major elective sets for 15 crs:  
    • Set 1 - Complete 3 crs from the following courses:
      • PSYC A222 Psychology of Trauma & Disaster
      • PSYC A230 Developmental Psychology
      • PSYC A314 Health Psychology
      • PSYC A315 Behavioral Neuroscience
    • Set 2 - Complete 3 crs from the following courses: 
      • CRIM A285 Crisis Intervention
      • POLS A338 Politics & Ethics of International Human Rights
      • POLS X330 Politics of Global HIV/AIDS
      • SOCI X262 Medical Sociology
    • Set 3 - Complete 3 crs from the following courses: 
      • PHIL U275 Race, Racism, Social Justice
      • PHIL W264 Social Justice
      • RELS V283 Religious Response to Disasters
    • Set 4 - Complete 3 crs from the following courses: 
      • HONS H396 Social Justice Seminar
      • SOCI A100 Introduction to Sociology
      • SOCI A200 Cultural Anthropology
      • SOCI X232 Social Problems
      • SOCI X262 Medical Sociology
      • SOCI X305 Social/Political Inequality
      • SOCI X315 Sociology of Food and Food Justice
    • Set 5 - Complete 3 crs from the following courses: 
      • POLS A312 International Humanitarian Intervention
      • POLS X266 International Justice
      • POLS X330 Politics of Global HIV/AIDS
         
  • Adjunct courses - Medical Humanities requirement: complete 3 crs from one of the following courses: 
    • ENGL N222 Thinking Critically About Food
    • ENGL O210 Narratives: Illness & Trauma
    • HIST Q240 Infectious Disease: Global History
    • HIST T258 Medicine in the Medieval West
       
  • Adjunct courses - Language requirement: complete 3 crs for SPAN A200 Second Year Spanish 1. Required prerequisites SPAN A100 and A101 will count towards general electives if not exempted through a placement exam.
     
  • Adjunct courses - Statistics: complete 3 crs from one of the following courses: 
    • CRIM A260 Statistics in Criminal Justice
    • MATH A241 Intro to Probability & Statistics 
    • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
    • NURS G454 Introduction to Statistics
    • POLS A344 Scope & Methods in Political Science
    • PSYC A303 Statistics & Methods
    • SOCI A336 Social Statistics
       
  • General Electives: complete 41 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Arts program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. Prerequisites and corequisites of participating courses can be counted as general electives. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Bachelor of Science, Public Health major

The Bachelor of Science, Public Health major is a 120 semester credit hour academic program. Students will complete Loyola Core requirements; Public Health major requirements; adjunct courses in medical humanities, language, and statistics; and general electives. Completion of this academic program requires a 2.0 GPA in the major curriculum and a 2.0 GPA in the Loyola cumulative curriculum. All major courses must be completed as specified unless an exception is allowed by the program director. 

  • Overview of requirements: 120 credit hours (crs) required for completion
    • Loyola Core: 40 crs
    • Public Health major: 39 crs
    • Adjunct courses: 9 crs
    • General Electives: 32 crs
       
  • Loyola Core: Complete the full scope of the Loyola Core with 40 crs in Loyola Core requirement areas. Modifications include:
    • Foundations Math is satisfied by MATH A245 Calculus for Life Sciences
    • Foundations Science 1 is completed using BIOL A106 Cells & Heredity and BIOL A107 Cells & Heredity Lab (1 cr) 
    • Philosophy 2 is satisfied by one of the following:
      • PHIL W234 Medical Ethics
      • PHIL W245 Environmental Ethics
      • PHIL W247 Global Ethics 
    • Religious Studies 1 Christian Traditions is satisfied by one of the following: 
      • RELS S242 Christian Ethics
      • RELS S332 Ethics of Death and Dying
    • Natural Sciences is satisfied by major course work
    • Social Sciences is satisfied by PSYC A100 Introduction to Psychology 
       
  • Public Health major core courses for 16 crs: 
    • CHEM A105 General Chemistry 1
    • CHEM A107 General Chemistry 1 Lab (1 crs) 
    • PHEA A100 Intro to Public Health
    • PHEA A300 Healthcare Systems
    • PHEA A350 Epidemiology
    • PHEA A480 Capstone
       
  • Public Health major elective sets for 23 crs:  
    • Natural Science Set - Complete 2 lecture/lab combinations from the following for 8 crs total:
      • BIOL A108 / A109 Biology of Organisms & Lab
      • BIOL A314 / A315 Anatomy & Physiology 1 & Lab
      • BIOL A326 / A327 Molecular Genetics & Lab
      • BIOL A360 / A361 Cell Biology & Lab
      • CHEM A106 / A108 General Chemistry 2 & Lab
      • CHEM A300 / A310 Organic Chemistry & Lab
      • PHYS A115 / A112 Physics for Life Sciences 1 & Lab
      • PHYS A116 / A113 Physics for Life Sciences 2 & Lab
    • Set 1 - Complete 3 crs from the following courses: 
      • CRIM A285 Crisis Intervention
      • POLS A338 Politics & Ethics of International Human Rights
      • POLS X330 Politics of Global HIV/AIDS
      • SOCI X262 Medical Sociology
    • Set 2 - Complete 3 crs from the following courses:
      • PSYC A222 Psychology of Trauma & Disaster
      • PSYC A230 Developmental Psychology
      • PSYC A314 Health Psychology
      • PSYC A315 Behavioral Neuroscience
    • Set 3 - Complete 3 crs from the following courses: 
      • PHIL U275 Race, Racism, Social Justice
      • PHIL W264 Social Justice
      • RELS V283 Religious Response to Disasters
    • Set 4 - Complete 3 crs from the following courses: 
      • HONS H396 Social Justice Seminar
      • SOCI A100 Introduction to Sociology
      • SOCI A200 Cultural Anthropology
      • SOCI X232 Social Problems
      • SOCI X262 Medical Sociology
      • SOCI X305 Social/Political Inequality
      • SOCI X315 Sociology of Food and Food Justice
    • Set 5 - Complete 3 crs from the following courses: 
      • POLS A312 International Humanitarian Intervention
      • POLS X266 International Justice
      • POLS X330 Politics of Global HIV/AIDS
         
  • Adjunct courses - Medical Humanities requirement: complete 3 crs from one of the following courses: 
    • ENGL N222 Thinking Critically About Food
    • ENGL O210 Narratives: Illness & Trauma
    • HIST Q240 Infectious Disease: Global History
    • HIST T258 Medicine in the Medieval West
       
  • Adjunct courses - Language requirement: complete 3 crs for SPAN A200 Second Year Spanish 1. Required prerequisites SPAN A100 and A101 will count towards general electives if not exempted through placement exam. 
     
  • Adjunct courses - Statistics: complete 3 crs from one of the following courses: 
    • CRIM A260 Statistics in Criminal Justice
    • MATH A241 Intro to Probability & Statistics 
    • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
    • NURS G454 Introduction to Statistics
    • POLS A344 Scope & Methods in Political Science
    • PSYC A303 Statistics & Methods
    • SOCI A336 Social Statistics
       
  • General Electives: complete 32 crs of general electives to complete the Bachelor of Arts program. Students can satisfy these requirements with any Loyola courses they are eligible to take which are not already required in the Loyola Core, Major, or Adjunct curriculums. Prerequisites and corequisites of participating courses can be counted as general electives. For students pursuing a double major or an academic minor, the curriculum for those programs would be assigned from the credits required for General Electives.

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Public Health programs - University Honors Program

Students who meet University Honors Program admission requirements can complete their preferred program with the Honors Curriculum taking the place of the Loyola Core and satisfying an elective with HONS H491 Honors Thesis (1 cr) in addition to an Honors-level sequence that includes the capstone requirement for the major. The Honors Curriculum may impact the number of credits required in the General Elective area. Completion of this academic program requires a 3.3 GPA in the student’s Loyola cumulative curriculum.

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Public Health Minor

Curriculum for Public Health minors require 24 credit hours taken as part of or in addition to the General Electives area of a student’s undergraduate program, but courses used to satisfy requirements in an academic major cannot also be used to satisfy requirements in a minor program. Successful completion of an academic minor requires a 2.0 GPA or higher for all courses. Requirements include:

  • Public Health Core Courses for 9 crs: 
    • PHEA A100 Intro to Public Health
    • PHEA A300 Healthcare Systems
    • PHEA A350 Epidemiology
  • Statistics - select one of the following courses for for 3 crs: 
    • CRIM A260 Statistics in Criminal Justice - co-requisite course CRIM A262 would count towards General Electives in the degree program
    • MATH A241 Intro to Probability & Statistics 
    • MATH A260 Statistical Inference for Scientists
    • NURS G454 Introduction to Statistics
    • POLS A344 Scope & Methods in Political Science
    • PSYC A303 Statistics & Methods
    • SOCI A336 Social Statistics
  • Set 1 - select one of the following courses for 3 crs:
    • CRIM A285 Crisis Intervention
    • POLS A338 Politics & Ethics of International Human Rights
    • POLS X330 Politics of Global HIV/AIDS
    • PSYC A100 Intro to Psychology
    • PSYC A222 Psychology of Trauma & Disaster
    • PSYC A230 Developmental Psychology
    • PSYC A314 Health Psychology
    • PSYC A315 Behavioral Neuroscience
    • SOCI X262 Medical Sociology
  • Set 2 - select one of the following courses for 3 crs: 
    • ENGL N222 Thinking Critically About Food
    • ENGL O210 Narratives: Illness & Trauma
    • HIST Q240 Infectious Disease: Global History
    • HIST T258 Medicine in the Medieval West
    • PHIL W234 Medical Ethics
    • PHIL W245 Environmental Ethics
    • PHIL W247 Global Ethics 
    • RELS S242 Christian Ethics
    • RELS S332 Ethics of Death and Dying
  • Set 3 - select one of the following courses for 3 crs:
    • HONS H396 Social Justice Seminar
    • PHIL U275 Race, Racism, Social Justice
    • PHIL W264 Social Justice
    • RELS V283 Religious Response to Disasters
    • POLS A312 International Humanitarian Intervention
    • POLS X266 International Justice
    • POLS X330 Politics of Global HIV/AIDS
    • SOCI A100 Introduction to Sociology
    • SOCI A200 Cultural Anthropology
    • SOCI X232 Social Problems
    • SOCI X262 Medical Sociology
    • SOCI X305 Social/Political Inequality
    • SOCI X315 Sociology of Food and Food Justice
       
  • Language: complete SPAN A200 Intermediate Spanish 1 for 3 crs. Students can take a placement exam for language proficiency, and if prerequisites are necessary those courses would count towards general electives.  

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