For Students


General Information

Enrolled and prospective students who are a major or minor in the Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program should always communicate with Program Director Dr. Allen regarding advising. The major and minors are very flexible degrees that are best completed with active and regular advising.  BE SURE TO CHECK THE NEW CURRICULUM FOR FALL 2017!

If your primary major is Environmental Studies, then you are required to meet with Dr. Allen in order to receive an advising code that allows you to register for classes. (Students who are on leave or out of the country studying abroad may either request a phone or Skype meeting or correspond via email.) If you are not a primary major in Environmental Studies (that is, Environmental Studies is your second major), if you are a first-year student, or if you are a minor in Environmental Studies or in Sustainability Studies, then you will need to meet first with your primary major advisor or with CASA. You are welcome to request a meeting with Dr. Allen as well, but, unless circumstances dictate otherwise, you will have to wait until all the primary majors have had a chance to sign up for a meeting.

Advising meetings take place during the advising period (the weeks prior to the beginning of registration). Students are prioritized by registration access window as assigned by the Registrar based on the number of credits completed (and by GPA and/or other relevant factors); in other words, the more credits you have completed, the sooner your registration window opens, and therefore the earlier you will be able to meet with Dr. Allen.

Majors  will receive an email that includes a web link to choose an appointment time. Groups of students will be given a preferential period during which fewer students will be choosing meeting times. You must choose a meeting time that is before your registration window opens.

(For general information on registration procedures, including your registration access window, at UNCG, visit this page. To check your registration access window, go to UNCGenie/Student Services & Financial Aid/Registration/Check Your Registration Status.)

Preparing for your Advising Meeting

There are four things you must do before your advising meeting with Dr. Allen:

1. Do your own degree evaluation and make note of what areas you still need to fulfill (here are specific instructions for using DegreeWorks). BE SURE TO CHECK THE NEW CURRICULUM FOR FALL 2017! The new curriculum will not be loaded into DegreeWorks until fall 2017!

2. Closely examine the available courses for the coming semester: go to this website, chose the relevant “Term” (semester/year); leave “Subject” as “Not Applicable”; and for “Course Category” choose either “ENV Environ Studies Prog Req” or “SUS Sustain Studies Prog Req.” (You may also need to examine other “Course Categories” depending on what General Education courses you still need to fulfill.) The course schedule for the coming semester is usually available approximately two weeks before registration begins. IMPORTANT: Any class with a SUS marker but not an ENV marker may count towards the ENV minor or major (by request).

3. Draft your own personal weekly calendar for the relevant semester. You should consider any employment, commuting, extracurricular activities, family obligations, etc., and come up with the times you have available for being in class.

4. Considering your degree evaluation, the courses available, and your own calendar/schedule, develop a prioritized list of courses you would like to take in the coming semester. Your list should be prioritized by the courses that are most important — requirements in general education and your major(s) and, if applicable, minor(s) — as well as  interesting and that fit your schedule.

You absolutely must bring both your resulting prioritized list of courses and your calendar to the advising meeting. If you do not come prepared with these items, your meeting may be canceled; you will therefore need to re-book and thus lose your priority place in advising, and as a result you may end up registering late and not being able to take the classes you want or need!

At your advising meeting, we will discuss your options, needs, and interests for courses in the coming semester, as well as consider your career and educational plans. Dr. Allen will send you a follow-up email from that meeting that includes your registration PIN code.

Due to recent and impending curricular changes, here are a few important things to note for fall 2016 advising (in anticipation of registration for spring 2017):

  • Take ENV 100 and ENV110 as soon as possible! (Order is not important.)
  • Take BIO 112 (not 111, despite what the Bulletin and DegreeWorks say!)
  • Take GEO 106 (not 103!)