Transfer Students

We offer 4 majors: single Environmental Studies, ENVS combined with Biology or Economics or Earth Sciences. Combined majors take 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.

  • Most of the General Education courses taken for admission to UCSC cover the ENVS lower division prerequisites.  However, some do not. 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 must be submitted for review to see if any courses can apply to the major.


Listed here are the lower division courses required to be completed before entry into each major program. 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 (introductory 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) or AMS 7/L (biostatistics)

ENVS/BIO combined major

BIOL 20A

BIOE 20C

CHEM 1A + 1B/M + 1C/n (college 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) or AMS 7/L (biostatistics)

ENVS/Earth Sciences combined major

ENVS 24 or BIOE 20C (general ecology)

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

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

MATH 11A or MATH 19A  (calcalus) or AMS 7/L (biostatistics)

ENVS/ECON combined major

ENVS 23 or CHEM 1A (college 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) or AMS 7/L (biostatistics)

For combined majors with Biology, Economics or Earth Sciences, additional lower division courses are required. Please review ASSIST.org for clarification.

Students who do NOT complete these preparatory courses prior to transfer...

  • May not have enough time to complete their intended degree. 
    Many of our degrees have a large number of lower division requirements. Transfer students are expected to complete their degree in two years or seven quarters and are not allowed to enroll beyond three years or nine quarters. Entering under-prepared will affect your ability to complete one of our majors in a timely manner.
  • Will take longer to complete a degree. The lower division courses listed above are prerequisites to our upper-division courses. You cannot enroll in any advanced coursework without having completed them. The preparatory courses are offered only once per academic year, therefore it will take a full year to complete 3 of the ENVS preparatory courses (one each quarter).
  • May pay significantly more for their education.
    An additional year to complete these preparatory courses will cost significantly more in tuition at UCSC. Students considering entering without their preparatory courses completed will have to pay an additional year of tuition. Students receiving financial support should check with the Financial Aid office to be sure their support can be extended beyond the standard seven quarters as aid packages are often reduced when students extend beyond normative time. We encourage students to compare the cost of completing coursework at a community college with the cost of attending UCSC.

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