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Resources for prospective undergraduate students

Whether you are a current UW student, a prospective transfer student or a future freshman currently in high school, UW Environment has a number of resources available to help you prepare for your future environmental major or career. Check out these tips for exploring and preparing through coursework and extracurricular activities, no matter what stage of your educational journey you’re at.  Please note that the University of Washington runs on the quarter system.

Get prepared

Undergraduate majors

With an entire environment-focused College to explore, you’ll be able to try new things and discover the right fit in one of our eight majors.


Introductory courses at the College of the Environment are a great way to explore majors, expand your environmental knowledge and determine which career path perfect for you.

Upcoming introductory courses


Connect with an academic adviser or student ambassador

We want to hear from you! Academic advisers and Student Ambassadors are eager to answer your questions about the College of the Environment experience.

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Visit campus and meet with an academic adviser

UW Admissions offers campus tours and information sessions regularly. While on campus, you are invited to meet with the College pre-major adviser, Barbara Owens, or a departmental academic adviser if you already know what major you are interested in.

Plan your visit


Apply to the University of Washington

Students looking to join the College of the Environment will need to apply for admission to the University of Washington first.


Declare a major in the College

Once you’re part of the University of Washington, you can declare a major by talking with one of our academic advisers.