Dec 06, 2022  
2022-23 Western Washington University Catalog 
    
2022-23 Western Washington University Catalog

Student/Faculty Designed, BS (College of the Environment)


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Department of Environmental Sciences, College of the Environment

Introduction

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.

 Contact Information

Department Chair
Ruth Sofield
Environmental Studies 344
360-650-2181
Ruth.Sofield@wwu.edu

College of the Environment 
Professional Advisor

Kathryn Patrick
Environmental Studies 539
360-650-3520
Kathryn.Patrick@wwu.edu

 Sample Careers

Career choices are determined by the student’s interests.

 Major/Career Resources

www.wwu.edu/careers/students_choosingamajor.shtml

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.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.

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