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ENVS Resources for Advisers


Program Contacts

Sophie Bybee, ENVS Undergraduate and Office Coordinator |, 541.346.5006

Katie Lynch, Co-Director of ENVS Undergraduate Studies & ELP (ENV Faculty Advisor) |, 541.346.5070

Peg Boulay, Co-Director of ENVS Undergraduate Studies & ELP (ESCI Faculty Advisor) |, 541.346.5945


Forms and Petitions

  • Major/Minor Declaration or Change:
  • Course Exception Petition:
    • Provide this link to students to begin the exception process
    • This process is for any course a student would like to count that is not on the major requirements sheet or tip sheet (including study abroad courses). 
    • You can instead email Sophie Bybee, ENVS undergraduate coordinator (, directly, if:
      • You have any questions about how/when to use this process
      • It is an urgent exception (ex. upcoming graduation) or more nuanced situation 
      • The course is on the major req sheet/ tip sheet but the student wishes to count it for a different Area Requirement than it is assigned (this is a simple approval/disapproval and then email to DARS from Sophie)
  • Honors/Individualized Study Approval (ENVS 401/403/405/406/407/408/409):
    • Fillable PDF Form 
    • Provide this form to students who wish to register for independent study credits after determining that it makes sense in their schedule/course plan. 
    • Electronic Submission: student should email completed form to, and request that faculty advisor send email approval to 
      • Students can also drop the completed form (with faculty advisor signature) off at the Program Office (Columbia Hall 144). 
    • Students looking for an appropriate faculty advisor for their research should connect with a CURE advisor
      • You can also send them to the ENVS Core Faculty page for general information on ENVS faculty areas of study and interest
    • Counts towards Area 5, but exceptions are available based on research subject. No petition needed. Email Sophie.
  • Internship Approval (ENVS 404): 
    • Assignment #1 Internship Description 1 (Taken from course syllabus)
    • To register, students should complete the above forms and return them to the Internship Coordinator (
    • This information is available to students on the internship page of the website, but also here for easy access for advisors!


Major Requirements and Tip Sheets

Major Requirements:

Minor Requirements:

Tip Sheets


  • Environmental Leadership Program (ELP):
    • Application Deadline: November 1st, 2021 (may be extended if space remains)
    • ENVS 425 (Lynch) Environmental Education Theory & Practice
      • Area 4
    • ENVS 427 (Boulay) Environmental & Ecological Monitoring
      • Area 2, Analytical Approaches
      • Common Exception: Area 3A, Life Sciences (no petition needed. Email Sophie)
    • ENVS 429 Environmental Leadership Program
      • Area 5
      • For ESCI majors ONLY, if participating in a conservation science project
        • Common Exception: Area 3A, Life Sciences (no petition needed. Email Sophie) 
      • Special one-time exceptions may be granted to ENV majors to count Environmental Ed projects towards Area 3B with pre-term approval from Katie Lynch. 


Advisor FAQs

What are the rules for double dipping credits?

ENV or ESCI major + minor

  • Whoever is offering the minor controls the minor requirements. You must coordinate with the department/program offering the minor to see what their requirements are and how many of your ENVS/ESCI major classes they will allow to count for their minor. 

Other major + ENV minor

  • We allow you to use two courses from your major towards fulfilling your ENVS minor requirement. 
  • You may only count two courses with the prefix from your primary major (this is different from double-major double dipping! It is more flexible.).

Double-majors (ENV or ESCI + additional major)

  • If you are an ENV or ESCI major, you may use four upper-division classes to count for both your ENV/ESCI major and your second major. 
  • These four classes may have any prefix (not just major department prefix)

Please Note: requirements for majors and minors are controlled by the department/program offering the major or minor. (eg. As ENVS, we cannot tell other programs what they can/cannot accept for their major or minors. We can only dictate what a student must do to earn an ENV/ESCI major or ENV minor.)

What is the difference between the ESCI and ENV majors?

Both majors provide broad interdisciplinary perspectives on the relationship between humans and nature, the underlying causes of environmental problems, and the approaches used to address these problems. While both majors expose students to the contributions from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities, the majors differ in which disciplines students study in depth. ESCI students focus primarily on the life, earth and physical sciences and take more quantitative courses. ENV students focus on human aspects with focal areas in social sciences, policy, humanities, and sustainable design and practice. 

When choosing between the ENV and ESCI majors, students should consider their interests, aptitudes and professional goals. To illustrate the differences between majors, it helps to look at some examples.  

  • If you are interested in climate change: 
    • Would you like to understand atmospheric processes, model potential vegetation changes across the landscape, or evaluate range shifts and other impacts to plant and animal populations (ESCI)? 
    • Or would you like to examine international treaties and policies related to carbon reduction, apply environmental justice principles to reduce the disproportionate impact of climate change on marginalized communities, or create art or literature that engages people in these issues (ENV)?  
  • If you are interested in water quality and access: 
    • Would you like to conduct lab work on the biochemistry of toxins, study how pollutants biomagnify through the food chain, understand how river processes influence aquifer recharge, or restore riparian habitats so they can better filter potential pollutants (ESCI)?  
    • Or would you like to learn the methods that allow agriculture to eliminate chemical inputs and be more sustainable, examine regulatory and/or market-based approaches for managing water quality, design buildings and plan cities that use green infrastructure to filter water, or determine how international development can influence people’s access to clean water (ENV)?