FAQs

Majors and Minors

  • What does it take to become an Env Studies or Env Science major?
  • Should I major in Env Studies or Env Science?
  • What are the differences between the 2 majors?
  • Is there an Environmental Studies Minor? How many credits are in the major/minor?
  • How do I declare a major or minor?
  • How do I change a major or minor?
  • How do I drop a major or minor?
  • I’m a double major. Can I double count classes?
  • Can I double-major in Environmental Studies and Environmental Science? Or can I major in Environmental Science and minor in Environmental Studies.
  • Can I count transferred credits toward my major?
  • What is the Practical Learning Requirement (Area 5)?
  • How do I graduate with departmental honors?

Study Abroad and Internships

  • Who can answer general questions about study abroad?
  • Who can help me determine how study abroad credits fit into my major or minor?
  • How do I find an internship?

Degree Audit

  • Where can I see the classes I have taken at U of O and my remaining requirements?
  • What if there is a mistake on my degree audit?

BA/BS, Gen Ed., and University Requirements

  • How do I declare which degree type I am seeking, BA or BS?
  • Can I use classes from my major for general education requirements?
  • How can I tell if a class fulfills general education or BA/BS requirements?
  • How many total credits do I need to graduate?
  • How many credits can I take Pass/No Pass?
  • How long do I have to change the grading option for a course?
  • What is the difference between a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree?
  • Can I use SOC 312 to fulfill my BS math requirement?
  • Can I use the same classes to fulfill BA/BS requirements and Gen Eds?
  • Can I earn both a BA and a BS at the same time?
  • Can I use my Honors College thesis or a thesis from another department to graduate with honors in ENVS/ESCI?
  • Is there a limit on the number of majors I can earn?

Advising Questions

  • Who is my adviser?
  • What can a Student Adviser do for me?
  • How do I sign up for an advising appointment?
  • What should I bring when I visit my adviser?
  • What is a tip sheet?
  • Where can I see my class schedule?
  • How do I use the electronic wait list?
  • How do I know which spot I am on the wait list?

About our Listservs (E-mail Lists)

  • What is econews?
  • What is esundergrads?

Other Questions

  • Where do I go if I need help with homework or need tutoring?
  • Where do I go if I have questions about my financial aid?


Majors and Minors:

What does it take to become an Environmental Studies (ENVS) or Environmental Science (ESCI) major?

There is no separate application process. Come into the Environmental Studies Student Advising Center during drop-in hours to meet with a student adviser. In the meeting, you will be given an overview of the program and be able to change your major.

Should I major in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science? What are the differences between the 2 majors?

The Environmental Studies Program offers an Environmental Studies (ENVS) and an Environmental Science (ESCI) major. Both cross the boundaries of traditional disciplines such as the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, management, policy, design, and law.

The Environmental Studies major, while providing a foundation in the natural sciences, focuses in particular on the social sciences, policy studies, environmental design, and the humanities. This major prepares students for careers in the non-profit sector, government agencies, environmental planning, sustainability advising, green business, environmental education, environmental journalism, and related areas.

The Environmental Science major emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to the natural sciences, including biology, geology, chemistry, data analysis, and physical geography. It is designed for students who want to focus on scientific careers in fields such as pollution abatement, water resources, ecosystem protection, environmental restoration, and environmental management. Graduates of this major hold positions in government agencies, the non-profit sector, and private business.

Refer to the ENVS and ESCI major requirements sheets for credits and course differences between the majors.

Is there an Environmental Studies Minor?

Yes, the interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Minor includes three (3) lower-division required courses and five (5) upper-division required courses, for a total of 32 credits. Letter grades of C- or better must be earned in all courses applied to the minor. At least 16 of the 32 credits must be taken at the University of Oregon. Students can count up to two upper division courses from their major department. Students may submit a petition to the undergraduate adviser to substitute an upper division ENVS course for one of the lower division requirements.

How many credits are in the major/minor?

  • the Environmental Studies major is 92 credits
  • the Environmental Science major is 112 credits
  • the Environmental Studies minor is 32 credits.

Major classes can be used for Gen Ed requirements if marked by the appropriate symbols. For symbols, see “How can I tell if a class fulfills general education or BA/BS requirements?” located under “BA/BS, Gen Ed., University Requirements.”

How do I declare a major or minor?

Come into the Environmental Studies Student Advising Center in 144 Columbia Hall during drop-in hours to meet with a student adviser. You will learn about the requirements of the ENVS major/minor, or the ESCI major and can declare right then and there. There is no application process.

How do I change a minor to a major?

Come into the Environmental Studies Student Advising Center in 144 Columbia Hall during drop-in hours to meet with a student adviser. They will help you confirm which major/minor you would like to declare and will make the official switch for you.

How do I drop a major/minor?

Come into the Environmental Studies Student Advising Center in 144 Columbia Hall during drop-in hours to meet with a student adviser. They will help you confirm which major/minor you would like to drop and will make the official switch for you. [To add a new major/minor that is different from ENVS/ESCI, please visit the department that offers that major. Your new department's administrative office can add your new major/minor and drop your old major/minor.].

I’m a double major. Can I double count classes?

You can double count all lower division requirements and up to 16 upper division credits (typically 4 courses).

Can I double-major in Environmental Studies and Environmental Science? Or can I major in Environmental Science and minor in Environmental Studies.

No.

Can I count transferred credits toward my major?

It depends. Use the University’s Transfer Course Equivalencies tool on the Registrar’s homepage to see if the classes you want to transfer have already been evaluated. If so, make a note and bring to your next advising meeting. If not, then see your academic adviser with questions on specific classes. You will need to provide a copy of the course description and the syllabus for evaluation. Electronic or hard copies are fine.

What is the Practical Learning Requirement (Area 5)?

Students in both majors are required to have a Practical Learning Experience. It is designed to help you apply your academic knowledge outside of the classroom, explore the career you hope to pursue, make potential job connections and gain work experience. To fulfill this requirement (Area 5 on your major requirements form) you can do an environmentally oriented internship, participate in the Environmental Leadership Program, take a 4-credit class at a field station such as the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, study abroad, or participate in another experiential learning experience that is pre-approved by your adviser. ESCI majors must be engaged in some sort of hands-on science to meet their Area 5 requirement.

How do I graduate with departmental honors?

You need a 3.3 overall GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the major, and you will need to write a research-based thesis or creative project (must include primary research).  Complete 8 credits of research and/or thesis. For more information on graduating with honors, check out our honors website.

Can I use my Honors College thesis or a thesis from another department to graduate with honors in ENVS/ESCI?

Yes, if the thesis is primarily related to environmental studies/science and meets the primary research component. Meet with your faculty adviser to determine if it can be used to graduate with honors in the ENVS department.

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Study abroad and internships:

Who can answer general questions about study abroad programs?

The Environmental Studies Student Advising Center can assist students in finding environmentally-based study abroad opportunities during drop-in advising hours. Also, the EMU Mills International Center offers Drop-In Advising (11:00 am to 2:00 pm weekdays during the regular teaching weeks of fall, winter, and spring terms, except for exams periods and breaks about study abroad programs, including subject area, classes, cost, country options, etc. You can also visit the Study Abroad website at or call their office at (541) 346-3207. The Advanced Search option is the easiest way to look up programs that are environmentally oriented and you can even search specific regions and countries!

Who can help me determine how study abroad credits fit into my major or minor?

You must meet with your faculty adviser PRIOR to studying abroad.  They can evaluate the study abroad credits and apply appropriate credits to the major requirements. Your faculty adviser  will need a syllabus or course description from the class(es) taken abroad so that they can determine its relevance to the major or minor. After meeting with your adviser, you can either email this information to them or have another personal meeting to determine transfer credits.

How do I find an internship?

It is up to you to secure your own internship with a community partner but these are some great places to start:

  • Visit the ENVS Internship Program site
  • Look on the Current Internship Opportunities site
  • Talk with the Student Advisers in the ENVS office to sign up for the ENVS listserv, “econews,” which will give you up-to-date information on current internship and job opportunities.
  • Visit the ENVS Finding an Internship site for more information
  • Visit the University of Oregon Career Center, 244 Hendricks Hall.
  • Watch for campus internship fairs.

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Where can I see the classes I have taken at U of O and my remaining requirements?

The degree audit lists all university requirements (credit requirements, gen ed, multicultural, BA/BS and writing) as well as any major or minor requirements. You can find your degree audit on DuckWeb (Student Menu), under ‘view degree audit’.

What if there is a mistake on my degree audit?

Come in to the ENVS office in 144 Columbia Hall and talk to the Student Advisers or report any mistakes you find to ecopeers@uoregon.edu.

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BA/BS, Gen Ed., University Requirements

How do I declare or change which degree I am seeking, BA or BS?

These are the 2 ways that you can switch or declare your degree program.

  1. Go to the Registrar’s Office (2nd floor in Oregon Hall) to fill out a form to have it switched.
  2. To Declare a degree program: From your UO e-mail address, send an email to the Registrar’s office (registrar@uoregon.edu) requesting to declare your degree program.**
    **You must say “I would like to declare my degree program as Bachelor of Arts (or Bachelor of Science)”

    • Include your full name and UO ID #
    • Please do NOT use acronyms like BS/BA
    • EX: I would like to declare my degree program as Bachelor of Arts.
      Thank you,
      First and Last Name
      95X-XX-XXXX
  • To Change a degree program: From your UO e-mail address, send an email to the Registrar’s office (registrar@uoregon.edu) requesting to change your degree program.**
    ** You must say “I would like to change my degree program from Bachelor of Arts to Bachelor of Science” (or vice versa)

    • Include your full name and UO ID #
    • Please do NOT use acronyms like BS/BA.
    • EX: I would like to change my degree program from Bachelor of Arts to Bachelor of Science.
      Thank you,
      First and Last Name
      95X-XX-XXXX

Can I use classes from my major for general education requirements?

You can only count ONE class with the ENVS subject code toward the total 45 credits of the general education group requirements.

*This requirement applies to ENVS/ESCI majors if it is your FIRST major. If another subject is your first major, this requirement applies to that subject instead.

How can I tell if a class fulfills general education or BA/BS requirements?

Next to the course title on the class schedule any class that fulfills gen ed requirements will have a number or abbreviation that shows you which group or multicultural category it fits under.

>1 or A&L = Arts and Letters
>2 or SSC = Social Science
>3 or SC = Science
>4 = Science group OR Math for BS
>5 = Math BS requirement only
AC = American Culture
IP = Identity, Pluralism, and Tolerance
IC = International Cultures

If you would like to see what classes are available to fulfill those requirements take a look at the Registrar’s site:
http://registrar.uoregon.edu/group_courses/

How many total credits do I need to graduate?

180 credits are needed to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts or Science. All university, gen ed. group, writing, multicultural, BA/BS and any major/minor requirements must be completed as part of the 180 credits.

For more information on general education requirements, take a look at the Registrar’s Office General Education webpage.

How many credits can I take Pass/No Pass?

The Environmental Studies Program does not accept Pass/No Pass for the major or minor. All classes must be taken for a letter grade and passed with C- or better. However, you may take 12 credits P/NP out of the total 180 credit requirement. This applies to non-major general education requirements.

How long do I have to change the grading option for a course? (Graded ↔ P/NP)

The Academic Calendar under “Current Students” on the UO homepage will give you this deadline for each term. You can also find the deadline by clicking on the course’s CRN on the online class schedule on DuckWeb.

What is the difference between a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science?

To earn a B.S. degree, you need to take the equivalent of one year of college-level work in mathematics and/or computer information science (CIS). Each course must be passed with a C-, P (pass), or better.
To earn a B.A. degree, you need to demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language that is at the level attained by two years of college-level work. You must complete this third term course at the second-year level with a P/C- or better.

Can I use SOC 312 to fulfill my BS math requirement?

No, but it does count as a statistics class for the ENVS/ESCI majors.

Can I use the same classes to fulfill BA/BS requirements and Gen Eds?

Any class that counts for Gen Ed will be denoted by a symbol or abbreviation. For more information on what classes count and what the symbols mean see the question “How can I tell if a class fulfills a Gen Ed requirement?” above.

  • Second-language classes for the BA can NOT be used for the Arts & Letters (>1) group requirement.
  • Math/CIS classes used for the BS can NOT be used for the Science (>3) group requirement.
  • Classes marked >4 can be used for EITHER the BS or the Science (>3) group, but NOT both.
  • You can use language, math or CIS classes that are NOT used for the BA/BS requirement for your group requirement if they are on the group satisfying and multicultural chart or marked with the appropriate symbol.

Can I earn both a BA and a BS at the same time?

It depends. If you have more than one major and they’re from different schools/colleges at the University of Oregon, you can get more than one Bachelor’s Degrees. For example, a student can earn a BA in ENVS from the College of Arts & Sciences, and a BS in accounting from the business school.

Is there a limit on the number of majors I can earn?

No, go nuts! However, there is a limit to the amount of Federal Aid you can receive. Please see the Financial Aid and Scholarship office for more info in 260 Oregon Hall.

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Advising Questions

Who is my adviser?

  • Katie Lynch advises currently declared Environmental Studies majors
  • Peg Boulay advises currently declared Environmental Science majors
  • Prospective/Undeclared Students please see the Student Advisers in 144 Columbia Hall
  • Environmental Studies minors are now advised by the Student Advisers

What can a Student Adviser do for me?

There are many things a Student Adviser can do! The Student Advising Center is in 144 Columbia Hall. Check out our drop-in hours!

Student Advisers can help with:
- Declaring a major or minor
- ENVS/ESCI major & minor requirements
- General education requirements
- Bachelor of Arts or Science questions
- Degree Audit Report inquiries
- Picking out classes for upcoming terms
- Graduation checklist (during last year, students must also meet with a faculty adviser)
- Area 5 & Internship requirement questions
- Signing up for an advising appointment

They cannot approve classes that are not on the tip sheet or major requirement sheet nor can they approve you to graduate. However, they can help you fill out your graduation checklist to determine your remaining credits. All final decisions must be made by your academic adviser.

How do I sign up for an advising appointment?

All advising appointments are made online at:
http://envs.uoregon.edu/advising/
*New users, click the ‘Create New Account’ link and follow the directions.
*Current users, log in and reserve an appointment with the appropriate adviser by clicking on a colored time slot.
Katie Lynch – current ENVS majors (Green)
Peg Boulay- current ESCI majors (Blue)
Prospective/Undeclared Students – see the Student Advisers

What should I bring when I visit my adviser?

Please see the ENVS Prepare for Advising Meeting page.

What is a tip sheet?

Tip sheets list which classes are being offered for a particular term and which requirement they fulfill. Special topics/seminar courses i.e. courses that are offered only one time or have rotating topics, are also listed on the tip sheet. Any class on the tip sheet or requirement sheet is guaranteed to count toward the major in the Area under which it is listed. Classes on the tip sheet count in the Area for that particular term. Generally, tip sheets are published one week prior to initial registration for the following term. Tip sheets are available electronically on the ENVS website and in hard copy in 144 Columbia.

Where can I see my class schedule?

Your class schedule can be seen on DuckWeb. Under the Student Menu, select ‘Student Class Schedule.’

How do I use the electronic wait-list?

Please see the Registrar’s How to Use the Wait-List site.

How do I know which spot I have on a class wait list?

Go to the DuckWeb Student Menu, select “Student Class Schedule” and click ‘Text Format’. Here you will be able to see where you are on the wait list for a class.

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Listserv Questions

What is econews?

It is an ENVS listserv for environmentally related news and opportunities. This is where we post job announcements, internship opportunities, speakers and other special events as well as volunteer possibilities and other items. To sign up for econews see a Student Adviser in 144 Columbia.

What is esundergrads?

Both ENVS and ESCI majors are automatically enrolled to our esundergrads listserv which provides critical information regarding the major.
You should read these emails!

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Other Questions

Where do I go if I need help with homework or need tutoring?

The Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) in 72 PLC offers free drop in services for writing and math on Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm. They also offer group or private tutoring for additional courses for a fee.
Want help with other classes? Check out the course’s department to see if help is available. Some departments like Chemistry have programs to help you. For example, SUPeR Chem where undergrad Peer Learning Advisers hold small group study sessions.

Where do I go if I have questions about my financial aid?

Visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office in 260 Oregon Hall or call (541) 346-3221.

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