For Students


The following information is updated and relevant for fall 2017.

The Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program offers extraordinarily flexible (and complex!) degrees that are best completed with active and regular advising. Current and prospective students in the Program should always communicate with the Program Director regarding advising.

General Information:

WHAT: Advising is a one-on-one meeting between a student and a faculty member to assist the student in planning his or her academic trajectory, at UNCG and beyond. In the short term, advising is necessary to help students choose classes for the coming semester(s). In the medium term, advising helps students achieve timely graduation. In the long term, advising provides insights regarding potential careers, life-long learning and engagement, and future studies. Advising is not a “one-way” conversation, in which an advisor tells a student what to do; rather, advising is very much a dialogue that is unique to each student. Given the flexibility and complexity of the Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program, quality advising is imperative to all students. 

WHO: If your primary major is Environmental Studies (ENV) or Sustainability Studies (SUS) or Environmental & Sustainability Studies (EVS), then you are required to meet with your Program advisor 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 a minor in Environmental Studies or in Sustainability Studies, then you will need to meet first with your major advisor or with CASA; you are welcome to request a meeting with a Program advisor 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.

WHEN: Advising meetings take place during the fall and spring advising periods. You should consult the official university calendars here, which always list the dates for advising for continuing students. 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 your Program advisor. You should expect to receive a message from your Program advisor at least one week before the beginning of the advising period; the actual time when you sign up for an advising meeting will differ based on your registration access window, but it should be at least one week before that window opens for you.

HOW: Majors will receive an email that includes a web link to choose an appointment time. Groups of students (determined by registration access window) 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 access window opens. For instructions on UNCG registration procedures, including your “registration access window,” visit this page (to check your registration access window, go to UNCGenie/Student Services & Financial Aid/Registration/Check Your Registration Status).

5 Things You Absolutely Must Do to Prepare for your Advising Meeting:

1. Do your own degree evaluation and make note of what areas you still need to fulfill (here are specific instructions for using DegreeWorks). Depending on past conversations with Dr. Allen, you may need to switch from the old to one of the new majors (ENV, SUS or EVS).

2. 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.

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. Develop a prioritized list of courses you would like to take in the coming semester (based on your degree evaluation, the courses available, and your own calendar/schedule). 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 by those courses that are interesting and that fit your schedule.

5. Fill out an on-line advising questionnaire, a link for which will be emailed to you before the beginning of the advising period.  This questionnaire will ask you the results of your preparation for items 1-4 above, so you should do them first.

Finally, after your advising meeting, you will receive a follow-up email that includes your registration PIN code.