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

Step 2: Fill out the Petition for Major Declaration (google form). Be sure to check all the programs you will be declaring. 

Step 3: Once you submit that form, you will receive a confirmation email within 5 business days sharing information about the next steps to declare. Depending on what you selected in the google form, this email will include: 1) a link to our declaration video or 2) a link to scheduling an appointment with an advisor. Your declaration is not yet processed! Be sure to continue on with the next steps as instructed in the email. 

Step 4: Make a copy of the academic planning form for the program you are pursuing:

*PLEASE MAKE SURE TO NAME YOUR FORM CORRECTLY: "LastName 7DigitStudentID AcadPlan" (ex: Smith 1234567 AcadPlan) Include spaces between each part. 

Step 5: Using the resources emailed to you, add all major requirements to your plan, including courses 1) you have completed, 2) are currently taking, and 3) are planning for the future. Refer to the program requirements and the annual course offerings. If you are not sure which upper division electives you're going to take in future years, you can write in "ENVS UD Elective" as a placeholder. 

Step 6: Share the plan with Please be sure to check the "Notify People" box. We will review and follow-up with you about your plan and send you a final confirmation once you are fully declared. Declaration processing takes about a week after you send us your plan -- thank you for your patience! 

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 

Should I attend a declaration workshop? Please complete the declaration process by 1) meeting with a peer adviser via appointment or 2) watching 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 as soon as we are able. Once we process your declaration, we'll let you know you've been declared by email. If you don't hear back from us in a week or so after submitting all required documents, feel free to follow up with us via email.  

Can I declare whenever? Yes, at this time ENVS is allowing students to declare at any time. 

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. 

Don't see your question? Feel free to email us at and we'll get back to you.