Oct 27, 2021  
2021-2022 University Catalog 
2021-2022 University Catalog

Environmental Studies — Elementary, BAE

Department of Environmental Studies, Huxley College of the Environment

53-57 credits (preparatory courses and major)


This major satisfies the academic major requirement for teacher certification with an endorsement in elementary education and must be accompanied by the professional preparation program in elementary education. See the Elementary Education  section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teaching certification requirements. This program fulfills the academic major requirement for elementary education candidates who wish to have a solid background in studies related to the environment. Although environmental studies itself is not an endorsable area, some of the courses might be counted toward endorsement in other areas. Students should contact a faculty advisor for clarification of course work applications.

Students wishing to complete an Environmental Studies Elementary Education major in four years should complete all GUR requirements in their first two years. The preparatory courses may be used to fulfill both Huxley College and GUR requirements.

Why Consider an Environmental Studies - Elementary Major?

Are you excited about teaching children about the environment? Do you want to teach people to make environmental choices in their lives? Perhaps an Environmental Studies-Elementary major is for you!

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Rebekah Paci-Green
Arntzen Hall 206

Huxley College
Professional Advisor

Kathryn Patrick
Environmental Studies 539


Elementary Education
Program Information

Miller Hall 300

Teacher Education

Miller Hall 150

Elementary Education Program Manager
Miller Hall 301D

 Sample Careers

Elementary Teacher

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

You can declare yourself as an Environmental Studies (ENVS) major at any time, and there are several advantages to declaring during your freshman or sophomore year. Once you are declared as a pre-major you are assigned a Huxley faculty advisor based on your interests at the time of declaration. You can then meet with your faculty advisor to discuss which courses to take and when, how to prepare for graduate school or a future career, or simply to get assistance navigating through the Huxley curriculum. Your email is added to an email distribution list for Huxley majors so you will begin to receive notifications and general announcements, as well as information about jobs, internships, or research opportunities.

Those pursuing the Environmental Studies - Elementary BAE degree may begin as pre-majors. Preparatory and major requirements differ from those of the other ENVS majors as outlined in this catalog. You can declare an ENVS Phase I major at any time by going to the central Huxley College office in Environmental Studies Building 539 and filling out a major declaration card.

How to Apply to the Major

To apply, students should speak to an Environmental College professional advisor at the Huxley College Student Support office in Environmental Studies Building 539, or by phone 360-650-3520.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for courses in the elementary education professional program and all courses required for the endorsement.

All preparatory courses required for admission should be completed on a lettered or numeric grading scale, not P/NP, and must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.


Preparatory courses (8-10 credits)

Additional Requirements

Elementary Education Professional Program Requirements (104-106 credits)

Department of Elementary Education, Woodring College of Education


This program centers an anti-bias, anti-racist, social justice philosophy and leads to a recommendation to the state of Washington for a teaching certificate with an Elementary Education endorsement. Students seeking a bachelor’s degree with teacher certification and an endorsement in elementary education must complete the GURs, an approved academic major, and the professional education course work listed below.

Admission and Declaration Process

See the Elementary Education  section of this catalog for program admission, completion, and teacher certification requirements.

Grade Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in the elementary education professional program and in all courses required for the endorsement.

Elementary Program — Methods, Curriculum Content, and Field Experiences (81-83 credits)