Frequently Asked Questions

For Environmental Studies Major and Minor

How do I declare an ES major or minor?

Read about the Department of Environmental Studies and the undergraduate degree requirements at http://www.environment.as.nyu.edu/page/undergrad. In order to declare an ES Major or Minor, please send the following information to environmental.studies.advising@nyu.edu:


ES Major

ES Minors (CAS)

Full Name:
Area of interest:
N#:
Capstone Semester (Senior Yr):
Honors Semester (Senior Yr):
Study Abroad Semester and Site:
Expected Graduation:
ES Course(s) Taken:
Full Name:
Primary Major:
N#:
Study Abroad Semester and Site:
Expected Graduation:
ES Course(s) Taken:

Non-CAS students must
submitcross-school minor
form via Albert.

ES Advisers

Andrew Bell
Jessica Green
Jennifer Jacquet
David Kanter
Mary Killilea
Sonali McDermid
Christopher Schlottmann

Do only ENVST-UA courses count towards the major and minor?

The courses that will count towards your major will not necessarily show up as ENVST-UA courses. The list of courses that qualify towards your ES major are listed here. You can enroll in any of the courses offered on that list, regardless of whether or not it is ENVST-UA, and it will count towards your major or minor. To view offerings by semester visit the ES course schedules page.

Once I declare my major, do I still have an academic adviser at the College Advising Center?

Once you have declared your major, you will receive primary advising and registration clearance from an adviser in your major department. However, your CAS adviser will continue to be a resource for you throughout your four years, and you may meet with him/her, or a walk-in adviser, to answer any general questions you have that do not relate directly to your major (such as CORE, degree progress, graduation, etc.).

Required Academic Achievement

To complete a major in environmental studies in the environmental values and society track, students must satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Receive a grade of C or better in the following three core courses (12 points):
    •   Environmental Systems Science (ENVST-UA 100)
    •   Environment and Society (ENVST-UA 101)
    •   Environmental Studies Capstone Seminar (ENVST-UA 900)
  2. Receive a grade of C or better in the following requirements:
    •   One "Methods of Inquiry" course (4 points)
    •   One "Governance" course (4 points) or from a fuller list including courses in other NYU schools and at NYU study away sites, available from the department
    •   Four 4-point elective courses (16 points), chosen in consultation with a departmental adviser. Internship in Environmental Studies (ENVST-UA 800) may count as one of the four electives

Courses satisfying the methods of inquiry, governance, and electives requirements can be found here

I am an internal transfer/LSP student, how do I get started?

Contact your adviser early, declare your minor, and take ENVST-UA 100 and 101.

Do any ENVST courses fulfill CORE requirements?

Environmental Quantitative Methods (ENVST-UA 310) fulfills the Quantitative Reasoning requirement in the Foundations of Scientific Inquiry component of the College Core Curriculum. ENVST-UA 275, City Meets the Sea, fulfills the Life Science requirement in the Foundations of Scientific Inquiry component of the College Core Curriculum.

Does the ES major fulfill CORE requirements?

Does the ES major fulfill any CORE requirements? The ES major fulfills the Societies and the Social Sciences component of the College Core Curriculum.

Can the Liberal Studies Program course on Environmental Science (ENSTU-UF 5005, Environmental Studies) count as a substitution for the core Environmental Systems Science course (ENVST-UA 100) or as an elective?

No. In some cases, it counts as an ES elective. Please contact your ES adviser and include the instructor's name for consideration.

Can the Natural Science I: Earth and Environment (CORE-UA 203) count as a substitution for the core Environmental Systems Science course (ENVST-UA 100)?

No. It counts as a 200-level science elective.

Does AP Environmental Science count towards the core Environmental Systems Science course (ENVST-UA 100) or any other ES Requirement?

No.

How many transfer credits can I apply to the major or minor?

Any transfer courses to be applied toward major or minor requirements must be approved by the department and may not exceed one-half of the required coursework for the major or minor.

I am an external transfer student, how do I get transfer courses approved for academic credit?

Please send a complete syllabus to your ES adviser for initial approval.

Can a course count for Environmental Studies if it is also being used for another major/minor? (For example, can the Cities in a Global Context course count for both ES and Urban Design majors?)

The Department of Environmental Studies' policy for both the major and minor is that courses cannot satisfy more than one requirement. 

How do I get non-NYU & LSP courses approved for academic credit?

There are multiple stages in this process. First, the Department of Environmental Studies must approve the courses. Please send a complete syllabus to your ES adviser for initial approval. Second, you must complete a non-NYU study abroad form, available in Dean Kalb's office (Silver Center, Room 909B, 212-998-8140). This form must be signed by you, your ES adviser, and then brought to Dean Kalb's office for approval. Upon completion of the non-NYU courses, transcripts must be sent to Dean Kalb's office. Once the credits appear in your unofficial transcript, contact your ES adviser to apply them to your degree.

If I wanted to enroll in a graduate-level course, is permission/access code needed?

Access to graduate-level courses is at the instructor's discretion. ES students are encouraged to take appropriate graduate-level environmental courses. Registration information is on the semester specific course pages.

How can I check on the status of my major, minors, CORE, and general requirements? What if my courses don't appear correctly in my Audit?

Please confirm your status in the major, your required minor/major, MAPs, and total points using the Degree Audit function in Albert once per semester. Email your advisor if there are any discrepancies, including the relevant course numbers, your N#, and the requirement in question. Doing so prevents problems with graduation, financial aid and registration. CAS Advising can help with any questions unrelated to the ES major. The relevant department can help with any questions related to your required minor or major.

What do I have to do in order to graduate?

Please consult the deadlines and apply for graduation at http://www.nyu.edu/registrar/graduation/. Review your Degree Audit via Albert, to ensure that you have completed all of your requirements. Please sign up in the appropriate department for the required minor/major.

How do I request a Degree Audit Report?

You can find instructions on how to request a Degree Audit Report via the Albert Student Center in this document.