Declare Your Major

Current UW Students

Environmental Studies is an open major; there is a process required before you can switch or declare your major.

To declare Environmental Studies as your major, follow these steps:

  • Schedule an appointment with the adviser by sending your request to wieman@uw.edu. Include the following information:
    • Your name
    • Your UW student number
    • Your availability to meet for the upcoming 5 days 
  • You will receive a reply with an appointment time to meet with the adviser.
  • Please bring your list of questions about the major and how it might fit within your academic and career goals.
  • At the meeting you will complete the Change of Major form. 
  • All new majors should register in ENVIR 101: Orientation to Environmental Studies.

We encourage you to apply early if you are interested in this major.

Advantages for early declaration include:

  • Ample time to develop a tailored study plan that provides a clear path to graduation. The earlier you plan, the more flexibility you will have to take classes that interest you and explore study abroad, undergraduate research, independent study and other opportunities.
  • Eligibility for scholarships within our program and within the College of the Environment.
  • Access to Environmental Studies communications that are relevant to students in the major, including detailed course information, notification of scholarships, internships, jobs, special event notifications, and other opportunities.
  • The ability to enroll in courses that are restricted to majors during priority registration.

It is possible to add a minor or double major/degree, depending on your interests, credits and graduation timeline. To do this, you will need to meet with the adviser.

First-Year Student Applicants

  • When completing your application to the University of Washington, select Environmental Studies as your intended major under Educational Objectives. Your major will be automatically declared upon admission to the UW.

Transfer Applicants

  • Attend a Transfer Thursday Information Session and schedule an appointment with the Environmental Studies adviser prior to applying.
  • We encourage you to take some of the foundational courses for the Environmental Studies majorprior to enrolling at the UW. It’s especially valuable to complete the basic science courses, including chemistry, biology and statistics prior to transferring.  The adviser can help you identify the appropriate courses at your two-year school. The adviser is always available to answer questions about equivalences.
  • When completing your transfer application to the University of Washington, select Environmental Studies as your intended major under Educational Objectives. Your major will be automatically declared upon admission to the UW.