How to declare with Environmental Studies

We're so glad you want to declare a major with the department of Environmental Studies! If you would like to declare any our five majors, please carefully read and follow the instructions below. Steps must be completed in order. Email us at if you have any questions along the way. 

Step 1: Complete required classes 

Read over the qualification requirements for your desired major, and verify that you have completed all required courses* to declare.

*If you are in your deadline quarter to declare, you must complete the following steps even if you have not yet finished all of the qualification courses. For transfer students, the "deadline quarter to declare" is your 2nd quarter. For students who start as first-years, the "deadline quarter to declare" is your 6th quarter. If you are in your deadline quarter, please proceed with the following steps.

Step 2: Make an academic plan

We recommend making your plan the quarter BEFORE you need to declare, or at the very beginning of your declaration quarter.


Step 3: Petition to declare

After you have finished and shared your academic plan according to the instructions in the slideshow (or after you have met with ENVS advising to make a plan), fill out the Petition for Major Declaration on your MyUCSC portal. 

Login to your MyUCSC portal > Undergraduate E-forms > Petition for Major/Minor > Complete the form, and make sure you click submit! Note: If you are declaring the ENVS major, it will ask you to select a concentration -- concentrations are not required, so you can either select one or not. 


Step 4: Wait for follow-up email

Once your academic plan has been approved and you have submitted your declaration petition form, you will receive a follow-up email. Your declaration is not finalized until you hear that you are officially declared! Please read that follow-up email carefully and take any actions requested in the message.


Recommendation: We highly recommend students to meet with at least one ENVS faculty member during their declaration process. At this time, 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 in your field! 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 by your 6th quarter. Transfer students must declare a major by your 2nd 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 advisors 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 about Declaration

Can I declare two majors/ minors at the same time? No, the MyUCSC declaration form will not allow you to have two declaration petitions submitted simultaneously. Please petition to declare one major first, and when that is completed you can petition to declare the second major or minor.

When should I start the declaration process? We recommend that you start making an academic plan the quarter before you submit the petition to declare on MyUCSC. This allows plenty of time for the planning process, so that you can submit the petition to declare right at the beginning of your actual declaration quarter.

Should I attend a declaration workshop? We are not holding any group workshops at this time, but we may start offering declaration workshops again in the future. You can, however, attend drop-in advising or make an appointment if you would like guidance in the declaration process! 

I submitted my declaration materials after following the steps above but I haven't been declared. Hang tight! Once your academic plan has been approved and you've submitted your petition to declare, it will take 7-10 business days for us to fully process your declaration. You will get a confirmation email when you've been officially declared.   

Can I declare anytime during the quarter? Yes, ENVS is currently allowing students to declare anytime during the quarter. 

Am I required to meet with a faculty? No, at this time, you are not required to meet with an ENVS faculty member in order to declare. 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. These requirements may change, so it's good to keep your eye out for information. 

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