Transfer Student Requirements

We offer 4 majors: a single Environmental Studies major and 3 ENVS combined majors (one with Biology, one with Economics and one with Earth Science). Combined majors are half Environmental Studies and half the other department. Please note:


  • 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.

  • Some of the General Education courses taken for admission to UCSC may cover some ENVS lower division prerequisites. 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/L): 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 for each specific course must be submitted for review to see if it can be applied to the major.


Listed here are the lower division courses required for admission to UCSC in each major program (admission screening criteria). Please review ASSIST.org for more details on what courses at your institution articulate to UCSC's courses.

Environmental Studies B.A.

Chemistry: ENVS 23 or CHEM 1A (one semester of general Chemistry)

Ecology: ENVS 24 or BIOE 20C 

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

Math:  MATH 3 (precalculus), or Calculus

Environmental Studies/Biology B.A.

Chemistry: CHEM 1A + 1B/M + 1C/N (full general chemistry series)

Biology: BIOL 20A and BIOE 20C 

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

Math:  MATH 3 (precalculus), or Calculus

Environmental Studies/Earth Sciences B.A.

Chemistry: CHEM 1A + 1B/M + 1C/N (full general chemistry series)

Ecology: ENVS 24 or BIOE 20C 

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

Math: MATH 11A or MATH 19A  (calculus) 

Environmental Studies/Economics B.A.

Chemistry: ENVS 23 or CHEM 1A (one semester of general Chemistry)

Ecology: ENVS 24 or BIOE 20C

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

Math: ECON 11A or MATH 11A or MATH 19A (calculus)

Statistics: AMS 5

 

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