Environmental Science & Engineering

Us Partner Institution Loyola Marymount University
Faculty One LMU Faculty and Multiple AIB Faculty
On-Site Coordinator  
Level 3rd Year Undergraduates
Sequence Spring semester


Yes, there is development – but is all development sustainable? Everyone is talking about sustainability but no one really knows where it comes from and how meaningful this word is in respect to so many different spheres of life: climate, energy, governance, health, population, economy, food, etc.

In the LMU Science Program, students from different majors come together to discuss sustainable practices in Germany and Europe for an entire semester. Along with their LMU professor, they visit different organizations, sites and projects that are prominent for their sustainable practices. Furthermore, students take classes that are part of their curriculum and range from Math, Physics to European Christianity and the Arts. All courses are taught in English and involve European faculty.

Certainly, the highlights of the program are the two multi-day study trips to Berlin and Paris/Amsterdam as well as the cooperation with the Biological Station BonnRheinErft where students spend two days in the field and engage in preservation of natural habitats.


Sustainable Practices (BIOL/CHEM/HHSC 398) (3 credits)

This course explores human energy and water use in the context of sustainability and resiliency. Students discuss the history of water and energy use as a function of changes in society; pollution resulting from use of non-renewable energy sources and recent advances in the production of renewable and sustainable energy practices.

German Language, Culture, and Communication (SCEM 198) (3 credits)

Students learn basic, practical German language skills and gain insight into German culture, which supports them in their day-to-day life in Bonn.

General Physics II (PHYS 254) (3 credits + 1 credit)

This course has a prerequisite of Physics 253 (General Physics I) and discusses the topics of electricity & magnetism, optics, atoms and nuclear physics. The laboratory is an integral part of this course.

Intro Probability/Stats (MATH 360) (3 credits)

This course is an introduction into statistics for engineers and scientists. Students learn about sampling and descriptive statistics, probability combinatorics, commonly used distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing and correlation.

Art and Ecology (ART 398) (3 credits)

Art and Ecology is a visual arts course inspired by art and science. Students will produce unique and collaborative works of art that interact with, integrate and respond to an environmental issue.

Ethics (PHIL 3100) (4 credits)

Students familiarize themselves with foundational texts from the three central approaches to moral philosophy. Depending on the course focus, additional texts may be incorporated.

European Christianity (THST 398) (4 credits)

Over the course of two millennia, the churches in Europe have experienced dynamic interactions, tensions and dialogue within their theological doctrines, beliefs and practices. This course focuses on the theological, historical and political factors that have shaped the European Christian communities.


Cooperation with the Biological Station BonnRheinErft

Over the course of two days, students get a glimpse of what sustainable conservation looks like. Together with the Biological station, they identify natural habitats in and around Bonn and/or different species in danger. Measures are discussed and actions are taken to keep the natural sites permanently safe and habitable.

Study Tours

Several study tours throughout the semester allow students to progress in their major and core curriculum while exploring a country that is famous for its‘ intellectual, scientific and cultural achievement.

Berlin/Dresden 6-day study tour
Study history where history happened! Once the seat of two dictatorships and the frontier city of the Cold War, Berlin offers a multitude of cultural and educational possibilities: the German Reichstag, the Jewish Museum and the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Site are just some sites on our study tour to the German capital. In Dresden, we will visit Volkswagen’s transparent factory and enjoy a classical show at one of the world’s finest opera houses, the Semperoper.

6-day study tour Experience the romantic city of Paris! In Paris, students have the chance to dive into Parisian history and culture by exploring typical French landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre. The next metropolitan city the students get to visit is Amsterdam, considered the most bike-friendly city in the world. Students experience the Dutch culture and visit various sites such as the Anne Frank house or the sustainable and intriguing/catchy shipyard project DeCeuvel.

Multiple Regional Study Tours
Visits to multinational companies such as Bayer and local companies such as SWB are part of the students’ curriculum. Further, they visit renewable energy parks, recycling sites, etc. – all related to their field of study. But we also emphasize culture: Together, we follow the trails of the Romans on excursions to Mainz and Cologne, discover the royal relics of Charlemagne in Aachen and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the romantic Rhine Valley. Classical concerts, theaters plays and sport events add to the program’s holistic approach.


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