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Environmental Studies

Prospective Students

Welcome to environmental studies at Lewis & Clark College! We offer regional and international research opportunities, the latest scholarly ideas, and cutting-edge technical and communication skills to prepare you for graduate school and professional excellence—all a part of our innovative ENVX approach. If you’d like to learn more, please plan to visit Lewis & Clark soon, or feel free to contact the Environmental Studies Program to discuss your plans for college. Below is some special information for prospective new and transfer undergraduates.

New undergraduates

New undergrads typically have lots of questions: what courses should I take during my first year? what about ENVS courses? do I get credit for the AP courses I took? when should I plan to participate in an overseas program? what would an ENVS degree prepare me for after graduation? These are all great questions, and don’t worry: our Academic Advising faculty and staff will make sure that you have the answers you need to thrive at Lewis & Clark when you get here, and the ENVS Program (envs@lclark.edu) can answer your more detailed questions about environmental studies.

Make sure to study our ENVS major/minor carefully as you plan your first year at Lewis & Clark College. Do plan to take ENVS 160 (Introduction to Environmental Studies) either fall or spring of your first year. Academic Advising will have other recommendations too for your first year. (And if you are worrying more about post-graduation, i.e., what you can potentially do with an ENVS major, do have a look at our Life After ENVS page.)

Transfer undergraduates

We recognize that transfer students are among our most mature and hardworking scholars, but sometimes face special challenges in applying courses they’ve already taken to our requirements at Lewis & Clark. We have recently changed our ENVS major/minor requirements to make it easier for transfer students.

Here are some general rules to help you apply our major/minor requirements to you:

  • In general, transfer credit is discussed as part of academic advising, and all acceptable courses will count toward your graduation credit requirement, but only certain ones will count toward the ENVS major or minor; see details below.
  • Transfer courses will primarily count toward ENVS breadth requirements, not ENVS core course requirements. If you have taken a course with content similar to a breadth course, it is possible that you can receive credit for this course toward your ENVS major or minor. Core courses, however (and this includes ENVS 160, our introductory course) are done in a special way at Lewis & Clark College, so you should plan to take core courses here; there are exceptions we can grant upon extensive consultation/documentation. Note that core courses are scheduled such that all can be completed within two years.
  • Transfer students interested in an ENVS minor should be able to readily complete it whether they arrive for their second or third year of college. Transfer students planning on majoring in ENVS can also complete it within four years if they transfer effective their second or third year, but must pay attention to all ENVS major and general education and graduation requirements.