Major Qualification Courses and Policies

QUALIFICATION POLICIES FOR ENVS MAJORS

Students receiving a non-passing grade (NP, C-, D+, D, D-, or F) in one of the courses required for admission to the major may only declare once they have passed the same or equivalent course with a grade of C or better. Students who receive two non-passing grades in the qualifying courses are not eligible to declare the major. For purposes of qualification, retaking a course will not erase a failure. See appeal process below.

1. Environmental Studies Major, with or without a concentration

Students may petition to declare the Environmental Studies major once they have completed the following qualification courses: ENVS 23 (or CHEM 1A); ENVS 24 (or BIOE 20C); ENVS 25; and STAT 7/L. Students receiving a non-passing grade in one of these courses may only declare once they have passed the same or equivalent course with a grade of C or better. Students who receive two non-passing grades in the these courses are not eligible to declare the major.

2. Agroecology Major

Students may petition to declare the Environmental Studies major once they have completed the following qualification courses: ENVS 80F; ENVS 23 (or CHEM 1A); ENVS 24 (or BIOE 20C); ENVS 25; and STAT 7/L. Students receiving a non-passing grade in one of these courses may only declare once they have passed the same or equivalent course with a grade of C or better. Students who receive two non-passing grades in the these courses are not eligible to declare the major.

3. Environmental Studies/Biology Combined Major

Students may petition to declare the Environmental Studies/Biology combined major once they have completed the following qualification courses: CHEM 1A; BIOE 20C; ENVS 25;  BIOL 20A ; STAT 7/L. Students receiving a non-passing grade in one of these courses may only declare once they have passed the same or equivalent course with a grade of C or better. Students who receive two non-passing grades in the these courses are not eligible to declare the major.

4. Environmental Studies/Earth Sciences Combined Major

Students may petition to declare the Environmental Studies/Earth Sciences combined major once they have completed the following qualification courses: CHEM 1A; ENVS 24 (or BIOE 20C); ENVS 25; STAT 7/L. Students receiving a non-passing grade in one of these courses may only declare once they have passed the same or equivalent course with a grade of C or better. Students who receive two non-passing grades in the these courses are not eligible to declare the major.

5. Environmental Studies/Economics Combined Major

Students may petition to declare the Environmental Studies major once they have completed the following qualification courses: ENVS 23 (or CHEM 1A); ENVS 24 (or BIOE 20C); ENVS 25; ECON 1; ECON 11A; and either STAT 5 or 7/L. Students receiving a non-passing grade in one of these courses may only declare once they have passed the same or equivalent course with a grade of C or better. Students who receive two non-passing grades in the these courses are not eligible to declare the major.

APPEAL PROCEDURES

Students who are not eligible to declare the major due to more than one non-passing grade in major qualification courses may appeal this decision by petitioning through this appeal form.  Students will be asked to provide:

  1. A reason for the appeal, explaining the circumstances around the non-passing grades and what has changed since then. Students are encouraged to be specific in how they plan to be successful moving forward.
  2. An unofficial transcript of their college courses, including grades.

Within 15 days of receipt of the appeal, the department advisor will notify the student and their college of the decision. Feel free to email envsadvi@ucsc.edu with any questions.