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Environmental Studies BS - Applying to the Program

(HEGIS: 04.20 ECOLOGY, CIP: 03.0103 Environmental Studies)

Department of Environment and Sustainability

602 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670

Dr. Nicholas Henshue
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Becoming an Environmental Studies BS Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank (where applicable), strength of the high school academic record and SAT or ACT scores, if applicable. UB supports SUNY’s decision to temporarily suspend SAT and ACT requirements for admissions for the 2021-22 academic year. This temporary change of admissions eligibility requirements applies to the spring 2021, fall 2021 and spring 2022 cycles. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component).
  • Four years of social studies.
  • Three years of college-preparatory science.
  • Three years of a second language.
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics.

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Freshman Admission to the Program

All entering first-year students with an interest in Environment and Sustainability majors will be listed as "approved" majors.

Transfer Admission to the Program

All entering transfer students with an interest in Environment and Sustainability majors will be listed as "approved" majors.

Transfer students must first apply to the university and meet the university's transfer admission requirements. Applications are then forwarded to the EVS office for review and major course equivalency evaluation.

Newly admitted transfer students who have completed the prerequisite requirements or who enter with 60 or more transfer credit hours are accepted to the major on a provisional basis. Full admission is obtained through completion of prerequisite requirements with the required grade(s) and attaining a minimum UB GPA of 2.000 within a specified time frame.

Current UB Students Applying to the Program

Students are encouraged to take the introductory course, EVS 118 before applying to the program to see if the major is a good fit. Students are expected to follow major requirements as listed in the catalog for the academic year during which they are admitted to the major.

Students majoring in Environmental Studies are required to have a minimum major GPA of 2.330 upon degree conferral.

Suggested Introductory Courses

EVS 118 Introduction to Environmental Studies
BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
GEO 101 Earth Systems Science and GEO 105 Earth & Climate Lab OR GLY 101 Natural Hazards & GLY 105 Natural Hazards and Climate Change Lab
A statistics course

Published: Aug 02, 2021 11:30:03