How to Apply to Become an Environmental Biology Major

Typically, second-year Biology majors apply for this specialized major. Second-year students who are undeclared or are considering changing majors may also apply and are not at a disadvantage. Interested transfer students or third-year students can apply at the same time as the second-year students, but pay close attention to point 2 below to make sure that the program can be completed.

The "Call for Applications" will be issued in September with the "Application Deadlines" occurring in October. The decisions will be announced prior to pre-registration for spring courses. Please see the departmental calendar linked from "Events" from the homepage for specific dates.

Submit an electronic version of your application to specifying "Environmental Biology major application" in the subject line. The application process includes:

  1. An essay of not more than 250 words explaining your rationale for this application, including a description of experiences (academic, professional, or personal) that have influenced your decision to pursue a specialized Biology major. Please also provide insight into your future career aspirations and detail how a focused major will subserve them.
  2. A sample four-year plan of your education, including courses relevant to your major- both core and elective requirements- and other programs (i.e. premed) or minors (i.e. theology) that you are completing. Use the color-coded four-year plan provided for each major as a template.

If you'd like, you may check this plan with your Dean prior to submission, although this is not necessary. You can also send questions to the Directors of the Environmental Biology major.