How to declare with Environmental Studies


In order to declare, students must follow the step by step instructions below. Please read carefully, and email us at if you have any questions. 

Step 1: Fill out the Petition for Major Declaration (google form). Be sure to check all the programs you will be declaring. 

Step 2: Once you submit this form, you will receive a confirmation email (2-3 business days) with resources that you are encouraged to use for the next steps to declare. The resources include: 1) link to our declaration video and 2) link to scheduling an appointment with an adviser. Continue to the next steps, your declaration form will not be processed until you complete all the steps.

Step 3: Make a copy of the academic planning form for the program you are pursuing:

*PLEASE MAKE SURE TO NAME YOUR FORM CORRECTLY: "LastName 7-DigitSID# AcadPlan" (ex: Smith 1234567 AcadPlan) Notice the spaces between each. 

Step 4: Using the resources emailed to you, add the major requirements 1) you have completed, 2) have in-progress, and are 3) planning for the future. Refer to the program requirements and the annual course offerings. Please use the current year to plan for future courses. Feel free to list elective requirements as "ENVS Upper Division Elective" as a placeholder, rather than selecting specific electives. 

Step 5: Share the plan with Please be sure to check the "Notify People" box. The Undergraduate Advisor will review and follow-up with you about the plan and declaration. Declaration processing takes 4-5 business days. 

Recommendations: We highly recommend students to meet with at least one ENVS faculty member during their declaration process. Due to remote restrictions, we are not requiring students to meet with ENVS faculty to declare, however, it is an incredibly important process that will help with your academic and future planning. What better way to learn more about the major and career choices than folx who are actually already doing it! Feel free to email or attend the office hours listed on the ENVS faculty website. 


 Campus Declaration Deadlines

Students who enter UCSC as frosh are required to be formally declared in a major before enrolling in their third year (or equivalent). Transfer students must declare their major during their second quarter at UCSC. Each quarter has a declaration deadline by which the major or minor must be declared. If you do not declare by the deadline, you will have an enrollment hold preventing you from enrolling into courses until you declare. Please consult with your college advisers if you see an enrollment hold on your myUCSC portal. 

In order to declare, first pass the qualification courses required for the environmental studies major you are pursuing. If you are in progress with the final qualification course, you may complete the steps below but you will not be declared until you have successfully passed the course. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

Should I attend a declaration workshop? Please complete the declaration process by 1) meeting with a peer adviser via appointment or 2) watch a declaration workshop video.  

I submitted my declaration materials after following the steps above but I haven't been declared. Hang tight! We'll send a confirmation email to let you know we received it. Then we will process your declaration. Once we process your declaration, we'll let you know you've been declared by email. This should all take 4-5 business days. There are many of you, so we appreciate your patience. 

Can I declare whenever? Yes, during remote instruction we will allow students to declare at any time. However, if you have an enrollment hold on your account or you must meet the campus declaration deadline you need to declare accordingly. 

Am I required to meet with a faculty during remote instruction? No, you are not required to meet with an ENVS faculty member for remote declarations. However, we highly highly recommend that you meet with them to learn about the major and how you might better structure your academic plan to fit your interests. 

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