M.S. in Environmental Science
Our Master's Programs are intended for students and professionals who hold a Bachelor's degree in one of the branches of Engineering or the Sciences. Courses are taught in the evenings at LMU's Westchester Campus. Programs are typically completed in five or six semesters. Courses are also offered during the summers which could shorten the time to complete. The flexible format is designed so you can proceed at your own pace to earn your graduate degree.
Through the Department of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science prospective students can earn a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.) in Environmental Science and have the option of emphasizing in Urban Ecology.
Jeremy Pal, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director
For questions on the Urban Ecology emphasis:
Eric Strauss, Ph.D.
The objective of the program is to provide the educational background needed by engineers and scientists who will be coping with the complex problems of water and air pollution, flood control, water supply, wastewater treatment, solid waste, hazardous materials management, environmental impact assessment, and overall environmental management.
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.
Applicants with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) or other undergraduate degree may be considered if the applicant has the above course work completed prior to applying.
Applicants with an undergraduate engineering degree from an ABET-accredited institution, upon acceptance by the Department, will be admitted to the Master of Science in Engineering in Civil Engineering Program (Water Resources Engineering or Environmental Engineering at the Applicant’s option). Applicants who do not possess an undergraduate engineering degree, upon acceptance by the Department, will be admitted to the Master of Science in Environmental Science Program.
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.
The Applicant shall submit:
- A completed application form and $50 application fee
- Two (2) Official transcripts of all schools attended since high school
- A brief letter of intent (approximately 1.5 pages)
- Two letters of reference, at least one of which attests to the applicant’s previous academic performance and ability to succeed in the program. The other may be a professional reference. For Applicants graduating more than 5 years ago, both references may attest to the Applicant’s professional performance and ability to succeed in the graduate program.
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 Graduate Program Director of the Civil Engineering and Environmental Science Department.
- Must complete 30 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00
- At least 16 semester hours must be at the 600 level
- Successful completion of the comprehensive examination (CIVL 600)
- Must not get below a grade of “B” in any 500 level course
MS in Environmental Science Course Descriptions
- CIVL 504 Applied Fluid Mechanics 3 semester hours
- ENVS 631 Principles of Water Quality Management 3 semester hours
- ENVS 633 Aquatic Chemistry 3 semester hours
- CIVL 600 Comprehensive Exam 0 semester hours
Choose at least five courses from the following:
- CIVL 603 Engineering Sustainability and LEED 3 semester hours
- CIVL 604 Climate Change, Impacts, and Sustainability 3 semester hours
- CIVL 608 Groundwater Hydrology 3 semester hours
- CIVL 634 Groundwater Management 3 semester hours
- CIVL 640 Physical and Chemistry Treatment Processes 3 semester hours
- CIVL 641 Biological Treatment Processes 3 semester hours
- CIVL 654 Surface Water Hydrology 3 semester hours
- ENVS 635 Chemical Fate and Transport 3 semester hours
- ENVS 644 Applied Microbiology 3 semester hours
- ENVS 645 Environmental Engineering and Science Laboratory 3 semester hours
Additional Elective Classes
Take additional CIVL or ENVS elective classes offered for a minimum total of 30 semester hours. Note that ENVS 600, ENVS 601, ENVS 602 and ENVS 603 are only for students in the M.S. in Environmental Science emphasis on Urban Ecology program.
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.
Environmental Science MS, Urban Ecology Emphasis Course Descriptions
- ENVS 600 Ecology of Resilient Cities 3 semester hours
- ENVS 601 Behavioral Ecology and Management of Urban Wildlife 3 semester hours
- ENVS 602 Land Use, Legacies, and Transformation in Urban Ecosystems 3 semester hours
- ENVS 603 Advanced Topics in Urban Ecology 3 semester hours
This program has special requirements. Please contact Dr. Eric Strauss, Presidential Professor, firstname.lastname@example.org (310)-338-7337.
Preparation of a Master’s Thesis is optional in either the M.S. in Engineering or the M.S. in Environmental Science program and can fulfill up to a maximum of 6 semester hours of elective course requirements. The student may enroll up to a maximum of 3 semester hours of Master’s Thesis in any given semester. The student electing the thesis option must obtain a thesis advisor before Departmental consent will be considered. Formal requirements may be obtained from the Department. The Thesis must conform to the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering requirements.
Change of Program
A student in the Environmental Science Program may change to the Civil Engineering Program (Water Resources Engineering or Environmental Engineering emphasis) at any time prior to applying for graduation. However, the student must provide the Graduate Program Director evidence of passing the Engineer-in-Training/Fundamentals of Engineering Examination (EIT/FE) administered by the National Council of Examiners of Engineers and Surveyors. In addition the student must have completed the core and elective course requirements for either the Water Resources Engineering or Environmental Engineering Emphases.
Many of our students who have undergraduate science degrees have been able to obtain the M.S. in Engineering through this program which has expanded their career options significantly.