Summer Environmental Science: The Living City

Environmental Science at LMU: The Living City

A lab experiment is underway in a Seaver College of Science and Engineering lab at Loyola Marymount University.

Session Dates: June 24, 2018 - July 7, 2018

Students with a passion for natural science, a love of the outdoors, and an interest in making a difference this summer will thrive in this adventurous pre-college program built for curious environmentalists.

Attending class in LMU’s new, state-of-the-art, LEED-certified Life Sciences Building and guided by LMU’s Center for Urban Resilience (CURes), students enrolled in this engaging course will explore how biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering intersect to inform urban ecologists on the ever evolving threats that face local environments. This in-depth, two-week scientific adventure takes place amid the uniquely complex ecosystem of the Ballona Wetlands, a coastal estuary located just below the bluffs of LMU and the last remaining wetland in Los Angeles. 

Through a series of lectures, hands-on lab work, and field trips, students will have a unique opportunity to take up the urban ecology lab coat, examine the interactions between natural and social systems, and learn how they can create positive change around the environmental challenges facing their local communities.

  • Los Angeles Area Excursion

    In addition to their work in the classroom, students will experience the nearby Ballona wetlands as a living laboratory, allowing them to observe local ecosystems while learning about the impact modern society has on them.

  • Program Outcomes
    • Learn to work in teams in the classroom or out in the field
    • Develop an understanding of the principles of Environmental Science
    • Explore ways you can make positive change around environmental challenges
  • 2018 Application Requirements

    This class is open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.


    • Online Application and Essay
    • Letter of Recommendation from a teacher or counselor
    • High School Transcripts
    • $50 Application Fee
    • TOEFL Scores (for International applicants whose primary language is not English)


For additional information regarding full program tuition and fees, please visit our Fees Page.

Application available November 15, 2017.