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Advising Information


Advising is a partnership between you and your advisor that is grounded in frequent communication regarding personal goals, self-knowledge, and information about majors, careers, and university policies. Environmental Sciences (ES) advisors do not “prescribe” answers for you; rather, we prompt you with the questions or resources you need to explore your unique interests, abilities, and values, and to set and reach your unique interests, abilities, and values, and to set and reach your personal, academic, and career goals.  While academic advising is a collaborative process, the ultimate responsibility for your educational experience rests with you, the student.

Advising Requirements

Students are required to meet with their Academic Advisor two times per semester:

  1. Initial Advising – toward the beginning of the semester we will meet to discuss current courses, university resources, and ES requirements such as the focal area and External Learning Experiences
  2. Registration Advising – midway through the semester we will meet to review your short and long-term academic plan. If planning requirements are met, the students hold will be released to register.

Important Dates

This is a link to the University Calendars page which highlights important deadlines related to registration, course additions, drops, and withdrawals as well as other university events. I recommend  syncing the University’s google calendar with your own so that you have reminders of these important dates.

Contact Info

Greg Wilson

Appointment Scheduling

To schedule an advising appointment with me use the following link

Office Hours
Talley Fireside – TBD
Hunt Library – TBD

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I audit a course?
In order to audit a course students complete an audit request form signed by the advisor and approved by the ES Program Administrator. The form is submitted to the Office of Registration and Records where the audit status enters the student’s record.  An audited class cannot count towards degree requirements.

2. Will I automatically get an internship from being an ES major?
No. It is your responsibility as a student to work with a mentor and within an advising network to find internships.  The Career Center is also a good resource for you to use.

3. What are my options for my focal area? When do I have to decide?
Students have two options for your focal area, each requiring a minimum of 15 Cr contained within the 120 Cr needed to graduate. Students can choose to complete an existing minor on campus that relates to Environmental Science.  Students who choose the minor option earn a B.S degree in Environmental Sciences AND a minor within the 120 Cr needed for the degree.  Alternatively, students can propose completion of 15 Cr of courses that form a cohesive body of study in some aspect of ES.  Decisions about focal areas are typically decided by the fall semester of the Junior year.

4. What is DELTA?
DELTA is the Distance Education Center.  Students who are either off-campus or on-campus can take DELTA courses.  There are no additional DELTA fees for distance education courses for students who are full-time students, or living on campus.  Students register for distance education courses just like any other classes, and distance education courses typically have 601  section numbers.

5. What is Fellowship Advising?
Students considering applying for scholarships or fellowships should take advantage of fellowship advising.  To get the latest information on funding sources and application details contact the University Fellowship Advisor, Dr. Tiffany Kershner.

6. What are Advised Electives?
Students have 9 Cr of Advised Electives that can be used to further bolster a focal area, or for courses that are prerequisite for advanced courses in the focal area.  Courses taken as advised electives are decided with a mentor and advisor.  Students must take at least one advised elective course (3 Cr) at the 400 level.