For Current Students

Advising Information


How do I declare an Environmental Studies or Science major?
The best way is to make an appoinment with the Department Chair.  Starting in Fall 2010, students wishing to declare an environmental major will be required to have received a B+ or better in one ENVS course and submit an application for admission to the program of study.

How are the requirements of the majors changing for 2010?
Many of the required courses are changing. The way that concentrations are selected and completed is changing. The capstone experience is changing. A new cultural immersion requirement is being included.

What set of requirements should I follow?
You can either follow the catalog requirements when you declared the major, or adopt the new set of requirement. If you adopt the new requirements, you must let your adviser and the registrar’s office know.


How do my AP courses count into the major?

AP Environmental Science - does not count for any specific course, no matter what score you received.  This is because out curriculum is organized very differently and there is no good match.

AP Biology - if you receoved a 4 or 5 on the AP test and are an Environmental Studies major or minor, this can count as Principles of Biology II or Fundamentals of Bioliogy II.  If you are an Environmental Science major, it does not count as any specific course.

How do I decide whether to take Fundamentals of Biology or Principles of Biology?
If your interests are more related to human biology (e.g. applied health), take Fundamentals of Biology.  If you are more interested in biodiversity and/or plants, then take Principles of Biology.

What courses are acceptable for electives for ES minors?
The Department Chair maintains a current list, which is also available on-line, in the advising section of the Environmental Studies Web Site,  see 
Minors Checklist and Courselist  


How do I declare my focal area for Environmental Science?
You just need to fill out a concentration form.

How do I declare my self-designed concentration for Environmental Studies?  There is a form available on-line.  It requires you to list your proposed courses and write a paragraph about how those courses work together to define an area of concentration.  You should review your paragraph with your advisor prior to submitting the form for approvals.  Examples of past self-designed areas of concentration are available on the Department of Environmental Studies and Science web page.

When do I need to define my area of concentration?
For Environmental Studies majors, in the spring of your sophomore year. (You will be blocked from registration for fall courses until your concentration is on file.)
For Environmental Science majors, early in the fall of your junior year. (You will be blocked from registration for spring courses until your concentration is on file.) 

How do I view Environmental Studies Self-Designed Concentrations in Homer?
When you run a degree evaluation for an individual student, it shows up in the Detail Requirements under the Environmental Studies Requirements area at bottom of that area where it says "CONC 21 credits-Self-designed Conc"  The courses will show up there when a student registers for them (or has already completed them).

How do I change a course in my self-designed concentration?
If you want to change a course because a course you originally selected is not being offered, use a substitution form.  If you want to change more than one course in your concentration, resubmit your concentration in its entirety.


What are my options for a capstone experience?
You can take the designated capstone course, or propose an internship and independent study to the Department Chair.  Internships and independent studies must be at least 3 months long, and you must present your work in a public forum.

How does Senior Research work?
Beginning in 2012/13, there are a number of options for fulfilling the senior research requirement. ENVS will continue to offer ENVS 450-Senior Research, where teams of students will work together with different faculty members each semester. Other options now available are listed below. Please see the summary document for more information on the criteria under each option.

  • ENVS 301 and/or ENVS 402: Environmental Research
  • ENVS 495: Internship
  • ENVS concentration enhancement
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