Undergraduate Advising

The Environmental Science and Management department offers two undergraduate degrees. The Environmental Science degree focuses on natural sciences and research. The Environmental Studies degree is offered jointly with Geography and focuses on environmental problems and policy.  ESM also offers a Minor in Sustainability and a Minor in Environmental Science.

 

Who should meet with an advisor?

All Environmental Science and Environmental Studies (ESM) students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor at least once a year to create a plan of study, discuss internship possibilities, or update graduation plans. 

At this time, all incoming PSU students are required to see their academic advisor at least once during their first two-terms before they will be permitted to register for the third term.

Who are the advisors for the department?

Currently Stephanie Hamington and Sang Nguyen in the Advising Center are serving as advisors for the department.

How do I schedule an appointment with an advisor?

You can schedule an academic advising appointment by calling 503-725-3822. Walk-ins can occasionally be accommodated for quick questions or signatures. For more information, check out the academic advising website.

You can also book an appointment directly at the following links:

Stephanie Hamington: https://stephanie-hamington.youcanbook.me/
(Student ID # Ending in: 0-6)

Sang Nguyen: https://sang4-pdx.youcanbook.me/
(Student ID # Ending in: 7-9)

Prospective Students: Can meet with either academic advisor.

*NOTE: If you are a prospective student, once you are admitted, you will be required to attend an orientation, during which time you will meet with an advisor from the department to help you plan out your first quarter classes. If you would like to schedule an appointment to talk with Stephanie Hamington or Sang Nguyen about classes or to explore the Environmental majors, call Academic Advising at 503-725-3822.

What should I bring to my advising appointment?

Students should bring a copy of their DARS report. The report can be downloaded from myPSU or Banweb.

How to run a DARS report for Environmental Science/Studies from myPSU:

1) Login, click on the Student tab, and select Submit an Audit (under Quick Links). 

2) Under Select Audit Type, select Bachelor of Science (most common) or Bachelor of Arts. Under Selected Major/Minor/Certificate, select whichever major/minor you are interested in pursuing. 

3) Finally, select the Catalog Year/Term you want (typically, this is the current term you started at PSU).

I am a prospective student and would like to know what classes that I have taken will transfer to PSU.

Once you are admitted to PSU, the University will run a Course Transfer Evaluation from your transcripts that will be mailed to you upon admission.  You can also access this report online.  This will tell you what classes from your current school will be applied to your degree requirements at PSU. There is an online tool that may be useful for applicants who want to know the course equivalencies for their current school and PSU. The academic advisors are available to help you plan future transfer classes.

In addition, applicants may wish to review the Environmental Science Degree Checklist and/or the Environmental Studies Degree Checklist to see what classes are required by the PSU Environmental Science and Management department that are also offered by your current school. These checklists are used in our advising sessions with students and are excellent for providing a clear list of required courses. 

If you are transferring from Portland Community College, please see the PCC-specific transfer guide in order to look at the course equivalencies. 

How do I decide which classes to take?

Below are the "Checklists" used by ESM advisors to assist students with planning their courses.  Each checklist shows the courses/credits required to receive your degree.

Environmental Science Degree Checklists: 

Environmental Science Degree Checklist (For students admitted prior to Fall 2015)

Environmental Science Degree Checklist (For students admitted Fall 2015 and after)

Environmental Science Degree Checklist (For Fall 2019) NEW!

Environmental Studies Degree Checklist: 

Environmental Studies Degree Checklist (For students admitted prior to Fall 2015)

Environmental Studies Degree Checklist (For Students admitted Fall 2015 and after)

Environmental Studies Degree Checklist (For Students admitted Fall 2018 and after) NEW!

 

Degree Maps (with learning outcomes, advising and career information), please click here. 

For a complete listing of ESM course offerings and advising comments, please click here.

Course Planning Guide (This is a very useful guide that shows which courses are offered when by each department for the academic year.)

Math and Statistics Placement Test (Note: to enroll in any of the following courses, you must successfully complete (C- or above) the prerequisite course within the last year, OR place at the appropriate level on the Mathematics and Statistics Placement test within the last year: MTH 251, MTH 111, MTH 095, MTH 211, MTH 261, MTH 112, MTH 105, STATS 243, STAT 105)

Learner Web for Chemistry (recommended to determine your readiness for Chemistry 221)

Can classes double for university studies and major requirements?

No, classes that are taken for University Studies cannot fulfill major requirements, so make sure that you do not register for any classes that are listed "ESM" in order to fulfill your University Studies requirements. However, classes that are taken for University Studies requirements CAN be used to also fulfill minor requirements.

What can I do with a degree in Environmental Science or Studies?

ESM students are welcome to talk with their academic advisor or faculty about career options for majors, internships, and how to apply to grad school. The ESM undergraduate listserv will also send you information about lectures and internship opportunities.

In addition to talking with an advisor about career opportunities, please visit ESM's Careers and Internships page or PSU Advising and Career Services "What Can I do with a Degree in..." page.