Become an EnvS Major!

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Department Mission Statement

To provide a rigorous, systematic, and integrated approach to the study, management, and solution of environmental problems and issues.

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We are so pleased you would like to be an Environmental Studies major.  The Department Chair and other advisors are here to help you enter the major and move through the program as quickly and efficiently as possible.

All new majors — whether First-Year or Transfer students — must make an appointment to see the Department Chair, Lynne Trulio, for advising.  Call the office at (408) 924-5450 for an appointment or stop by the Environmental Studies office (WSQ 118) to sign up.  The Chair will help you lay out an entire plan for your major that is as efficient as possible!


For First-Year Students

If you did not declare Environmental Studies as your major when you entered the University, complete a Change of Major/Minor form, available in the office or on the Registrar's website.


For Transfer Students

If you transferred to SJSU and were accepted immediately into the program, congratulations! Please make an appointment with the Department Chair for advising. If you were not accepted directly in the Environmental Studies program, you can still become an Environmental Studies major by doing the following:

  • achieving/maintaining an overall GPA of 2.0 and
  • completing two upper-division (100-level) courses in EnvS (6-8 units) with a 2.0 GPA.

Once you've fulfilled those requirements, complete a Change of Major/Minor form, available in the Environmental Studies Office or on the Registrar's website. Then, meet with the Chair of Environmental Studies who will verify you've met the requirements, sign the form, and provide you with detailed advising to help you through your program of study. We look forward to meeting you having you in our major!