Department of Environmental Sciences, College of the Environment
Students who wish to design their own majors within the College of the Environment should obtain complete guidelines from the Undergraduate Advisors located in ES 539, the College of the Environment office. The major must be developed with faculty advisement and must be approved by two faculty members and the College of the Environment Curriculum Committee at least four quarters before the student’s anticipated graduation.
Why Consider a College of the Environment Student/Faculty Designed Major?
Are you excited by how natural systems work? Do you want to solve the problems of the natural environment caused by human activities? Do you love to work outdoors? Do you love the sciences and scientific inquiry? Then Environmental Science is for you.
Environmental Studies 344
College of the Environment
Environmental Studies 539
Career choices are determined by the student’s interests.
How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):
Students who wish to pursue a BS with a Student/Faculty Designed major must complete the preparatory courses and apply to the Environmental Science major first. The declaration of a Student/Faculty Designed major degree occurs after approval of the title and coursework by the College of the Environment Curriculum Committee and the University’s Academic Coordinating Commission.
It is strongly advised that students meet with the College of the Environment admissions advisor as they begin their preparatory classes. Students can also declare as an Environmental Science pre-major during their first advising meeting.
Once the student has completed the preparatory courses for the Environmental Science major they can submit their plan for their self-designed major to the College of the Environment Curriculum Coordinating Committee with a brief written explanation of their major and the signatures of two faculty advisors. This must be done at least four quarters before graduation.
The Academic Coordinating Commission, a standing committee of Western’s Faculty Senate, must provide final approval of a Student/Faculty Designed major title.
A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.