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Major Requirements and Tip Sheets

Major Requirements:

Minor Requirements:

Tip Sheets


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 disportionate 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)?