Our department offers the B.S. degree in Environmental Science and Conservation. Majors will pursue a broad, core comprehensive program of study while emphasizing in a particular track, Natural Science or People and Planet, within the discipline. If you are considering becoming an Environmental Science and Conservation major, please take some time to browse the website to see how your interests fit within the field.

Declaring a Major in Environmental Science and Conservation

Students wishing to declare a major in Environmental Science and Conservation  must prepare a formal document that will serve as the foundation of their degree and direction within the program that includes:

  • A Statement of Purpose that explains why the student wants to become an Environmental Science and Conservation major, including a definition of the field as understood by the student at the time of application. This can be a 1–2 page written document, audio or visual file, or illustration that the student feels effectively captures their understanding and perspective of environmental science and conservation;
  • A Plan of Study that indicates the courses the student plans to take to satisfy the major requirements, as well as the extracurricular and club activities in which the student plans to participate to round out their degree.

This document must be submitted by email to the faculty member who will be serving as the student’s advisor and will serve as the starting point for academic advising. Please review the department website and course catalog to guide the development of your Statement of Application. The process of preparing this document is meant to encourage thoughtful engagement with higher education to make your college experience as enriching and powerful as possible. Be sure to reach out to our current faculty and students if you have questions about this process. Once a major is declared, all Environmental Science and Conservation degree requirements apply.