Frequently Asked Questions

What is Environmental Studies?

  • The study of the environment through the intersection of natural sciences, social sciences, and policy in a problem solving context.

How is this different from Environmental Science?

  • Environmental studies students focus on application and problem solving, with a focus on humans in the environment. If you are more interested in a research oriented study of a specific aspect of the natural environment, you might want to explore UW majors in environmental science. You can find out more information about these different programs through The College of the Environment website.

What kind of job can I get with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies?

  • Graduates from this program benefit both from skills developed through an interdisciplinary curriculum and from the experience of applying those skills in the field through a capstone project.
  • A few examples of careers that Environmental Studies majors have gone on to:
    • Environmental Planner, Parametrix Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Consulting
    • Assistant Director, Environmental Outreach and Stewardship Alliance
    • Residential Conservation Program Manager, Seattle Public Utilities, Resource Conservation Group

What kind of graduate programs can I go on to with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies?

  • A few examples of graduate programs that Environmental Studies majors have gone on to:
    • Master of Public Administration, UW Evans School of Public Affairs
    • Master of Science in Forest Ecology, UW College of Forest Resources
    • Master of Environmental Management, Duke University

 

Is this the College of the Environment?

  • Program on the Environment (PoE) is just one of several units in the UW College of the Environment. Undergraduate students are a part of the Program on the Environment as either Majors or Minors in Environmental Studies.
  • You can find more information through the College of the Environment web page.

Has the move to the College of the Environment changed the Environmental Studies degree requirements?

  • Since the move into the College of the Environment in autumn 2009, the B.A. with a major in Environmental Studies has followed the general education requirements for the College of the Environment.

 

What courses are required for the B.A. with a major Environmental Studies?

What is a good course to start with if I am interested in this major?

I am currently a community college student looking to transfer to the UW. What courses can I take to prepare for this major?

  • Students planning to transfer are encouraged to talk to an adviser to confirm potential transfer course substitutions for core and foundation courses.

What is the ‘Capstone’?

  • The Capstone Project is a three quarter series centered on a project based internship. All Environmental Studies majors must complete a Capstone project to graduate.

 

When can I declare a major in Environmental Studies?

  • Environmental Studies is an open major. This means that:
    • Any current UW student in good academic standing (2.0 GPA or higher) can declare at any time through an advising appointment with PoE Undergraduate Advisers.
  • Incoming freshmen can find out more information about general admissions here. If you select ‘Environmental Studies’ as your intended major in the ‘Educational Objectives’ section of the freshman application, your major will be automatically declared upon admission to the UW.
  • Incoming Transfer students can find out more information about transfer admissions here. If you select ‘Environmental Studies’ as your intended major in the ‘Educational Objectives’ section of the transfer application, your major will be automatically declared upon admission to the UW.

Why would I want to declare a major early?

  • While you do not have to declare a major until you have earned 105 credits, declaring earlier can provide greater access to classes, student services, and a community of learners focused on the field of environmental studies.

When can I declare a minor in Environmental Studies?

  • You must have a declared major and have earn a minimum of 45 credits before declaring a minor in Environmental Studies.

How do I declare a major or minor in Environmental Studies?