Advising & FAQs
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Advising Walk-in Hours, No appointment necessary
Mondays - 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00
Tuesdays - 9:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00
Wednesdays - 9:00-12:00 and 1:00-4:00
Thursdays -9:00-12:00 and 2:00-5:00
The key to making the most of your educational opportunities is advising, and it is your responsibility to seek the proper advice. The advising system at Santa Cruz is extensive, so use it to your advantage. Below are some resources available to you:
The ENVS department offers a Peer Advising Program that consists of junior and senior ENVS majors who are trained to advise students on major requirements, declaration of major, academic planning, course selection and are able to answer a variety of questions related to the ENVS undergraduate program. Peer Advisors speak from their own experience and are an excellent resource for students trying to tailor the major to their interests and how to get the most out of their time at UCSC. Some peer advisors are transfer students, so they are familiar with transfer student concerns. Peer advisors are available during walk-in advising hours posted on our advising schedule on this page.
In addition to the Peer Advisors, the staff advisor, Maria Ruby firstname.lastname@example.org is available. Maria will assist students seeking approvals/signatures on various University forms such as for Veterans, EAP, Part-Time program, and academic planning. Please plan on dropping off your paperwork and it will usually be processed within 48 hours and ready for pick up then.
Environmental Studies faculty are the best advisers with whom to discuss your academic program, including how to prepare for graduate school and beyond. It is wise, however, to discuss these matters with several people. The faculty adviser who signs your declaration of major form should be selected based on your area of interest. You are free to meet with any of the faculty for advising. You are expected to meet with an adviser as often as needed but at least once a year to update your study plan. If you are considering a senior internship or thesis, it is essential to get an early start in developing your ideas with a faculty adviser. Here is a bit more information in a Q & A grid from the ENVS faculty.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Bioe 20c substitute for ENVS 24?
Bioe 20c is intended for ENVS/BIO combined students or double majors. Single majors can take it as a substitute for ENVS 24.
Does Chem 1A substitute for ENVS 23?
Chem 1A is intended for ENVS/BIO or ENVS/Earth combined majors or double majors. Single majors can take it as a substitute for ENVS 23.
How do I set up an advising appointment?
What can I do with a degree in environmental studies?
Can I get credit for courses I took outside UCSC?
Provided your transferred coursework is accepted at UCSC, you will, at the least, receive credits toward the 180-unit minimum required for graduation. If your transferred courses are lower division (e.g., all community college courses) they may satisfy prerequisite or general education requirements; they will not satisfy upper division major requirements. See the Assist website for transfer guides.
If your transferred courses are upper division and relevant to environmental studies and you are doing a full major (rather than combined) you may petition for up to two substitutions toward the seven required electives. Please note that you are allowed a maximum of two substitutions including all sources (EAP, or pre-approved substitutions).
Once the course is included in your UCSC student record you will need to petition for the substitution (unless the course is on the pre-approved list). The petition form is available here. The petition must include a justification and must be accompanied by a copy of:
1. The course syllabus. 2. Your current UCSC student course history (from "More Links" in your student portal), including any transferred credits. 3. All course materials (exams, papers, assignments).
Do I have to take environmental studies courses for letter grades? What about Pass/No Pass?
What's an independent study and/or how do I set one up?
The steps to enroll are:
- Meet with your faculty sponsor to discuss the plan.
- Fill out the form with your sponsor, sign it and obtain the enrollment course number from the sponsor.
How do I complete the Senior Comp Requirement?
What's the best way to get a letter of recommendation from the faculty?
I'm planning to graduate at the end of next quarter; what do I need to do?
Where can I get help with my classes?