The Environmental Studies Major
In the Environmental Studies Undergraduate Major, students learn how to move towards a more sustainable future for human and ecological systems. Courses in environmental studies provide training not only in the physical and social sciences, but also in writing, critical thinking, quantitative analysis, project and team management, and more. Environmental Studies alumni are making a difference in conservation organizations, habitat restoration, sustainable agriculture, environmental mediation, biodiversity research and many other areas.
The Department has an internship program to provide students with meaningful experience to complement their studies.Most students complete the prerequisites during their first two years, then begin the nine upper division courses in Winter of their junior year. Some students complete all prerequisites in their first year; they have the option of beginning the upper division courses in Winter of their sophomore year.
Transfer students: Students planning to transfer in junior standing should complete the major prerequisites before arriving at UCSC. Students attending California community colleges should consult ASSIST to determine equivalent courses. The Environmental Studies upper division major begins with ENVS 100/100L, offered once each year. Transfer students must prepare and apply for fall transfer only (transfer students with an intended ENVS major are accepted fall quarter only), and complete all major prerequisites (attending Summer Session if necessary), except Biostatistics, before arriving at UCSC.
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