Transfer Students

We offer 4 majors: Single  Environmental Studies, ENVS combined with Biology or Economics or Earth Science. Combined majors are half of the Environmental Studies major and half of the other major and make it into one major. This is not to be confused with a double major.


  • All 4 majors require lower-division pre-requisites that should be completed before transferring in Fall quarter.  UCSC offers summer session and most, if not all, are offered at UCSC in Summer. Any courses lacking from transfer must be done in the Summer session prior to transfer.

  • Some of the General Education courses taken for admission to UCSC may cover some ENVS lower division prerequisites. To get the complete list of major requirements that can be transferred, consult ASSIST.org

  • There will be one course that will not have any equivalent. Applied Mathematics & Statistics 7 (AMS 7): Statistical Methods for the Biological, Environmental, and Health Sciences. This must be taken at UCSC.

  • If transfer coursework is completed at a 4-year institution or out-of-state institution, syllabi for each specific course must be submitted for review to see if it can be applied to the major.


Listed here are the lower division courses required for admission to UCSC in each major program (admission screening criteria). Please review ASSIST.org for more details on what courses at your institution articulate to UCSC's courses.

Single ENVS major

ENVS 23 or CHEM 1A (general chemistry)

ENVS 24 or BIOE 20C (general ecology)

ENVS 25 or Econ 1 or 2 and a course in national or international politics

MATH 3  (precalculus or calculus) 

ENVS/BIO combined major

BIOL 20A

BIOE 20C

CHEM 1A + 1B/M + 1C/n (general chemistry series with lab)

ENVS 24 or BIOE 20C (general ecology)

ENVS 25 or Econ 1 or 2 and a course in national or international politics

MATH 3  (precalculus or calculus) 

ENVS/Earth Sciences combined major

ENVS 24 or BIOE 20C (general ecology)

CHEM 1A + 1B/M + 1C/N (general chemistry series with lab)

ENVS 25 or Econ 1 or 2 and a course in national or international politics

MATH 11A or MATH 19A  (calculus) 

ENVS/ECON combined major

ENVS 23 or CHEM 1A (general chemistry)

ENVS 24 or BIOE 20C (general ecology)

ENVS 25 or Econ 1 or 2 and a course in national or international politics

ECON 11A or MATH 11A or MATH 19A (calculus)

AMS 5 (statisitics) 

 

Inquiries should be made to the ENVS Undergraduate Advisor if considering transferring to UCSC and pursuing an ENVS major.  Contact: envsadvising@ucsc.edu