Loyola Marymount University (LMU) was recently featured by U.S. News and World Report in its “Southern California Road Trip” article highlighting stand-out schools for science and engineering.

In the article, LMU is recognized for the opportunities it offers environmental science and engineering majors and for its ideal location for those fields of study, university officials said. Students are able to conduct research in “the university’s backyard”— the neighboring Ballona Wetlands — as well as nearby beaches, according to the article.

The article also features LMU alumnus Patrick Carter, who spent much of his undergraduate experience heading down to the wetlands to collect various samples of soil and water. Carter was quoted as saying that his LMU experience made him “think about a career that can affect people on a large scale, concretely and not abstractly.”

U.S. News and World Report’s 2009 edition of America’s Best Colleges also ranked LMU fourth in the West among universities that offer master’s degrees. The university ranked 14th in the West on the magazine’s “Great Schools, Great Prices” list.

Information on LMU, www .lmu.edu/.