For Current Students

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Student Advising - New Advising Procedure

ENVS majors should meet with an advisor at least once a year for advising regarding courses and other major-related issues.  Group advising sessions will be held each Friday in Room 240 of Amador Hall. Meetings are 10 - 11 am on Jan. 31, February 14 and 28, March 14, April 4 and 18, and May 2 and 16. Meetings are 12:30 - 1:30 pm on February 7 and 21, March 7 and 21, April 11 and 25, and May 9. Advising is available by appointment (sign-up) only. You may sign up for an advising session on the sign-up sheets outside of the ENVS office (554A Amador Hall), by calling the office at 278-6620, or by emailing Anne Montgomery.


Student Handbook

ENVS Undergraduate Handbook

All ENVS majors must read the Undergraduate Handbook in its entirety. There are also a number of forms in the Handbook that need to be submitted to the Department Office.


CSUS Forms

The following site contains links to commonly-used forms, such as: change of major/minor, declaration of major/minor, petition to exceed maximum units, and major/minor course waiver(s) and substitution(s):

CSUS Student Forms


Environmental Studies Internship

All majors are required to intern for a semester with an approved governmental agency, nonprofit or advocacy group, or environmental organization.  Students are asked to read the following packet, meet with their faculty advisor, then submit the required paperwork to the Department Office, Amador Hall 554A.

Packet for ENVS 195: ENVS Internship Packet


Department Teaching Assistants

The Department of Environmental Studies encourages ENVS majors to work with faculty members as teaching assistants.  Please speak with your faculty advisor or the department chair regarding your interest in serving as a TA for the department.

All TAs are required to complete the following two forms and submit to the Department Office: 

ENVS 195/199 Teaching Assistant Add Permit & Contract

Teaching Assistant Confidentiality Agreement


Senior Thesis and Portfolio

ENVS Majors are required to register for ENVS 190 "Senior Thesis" as their capstone course.  The thesis course is generally taken two semesters prior to graduation.  The thesis written by students is professional bound and catalogued into the department's thesis library.  All students are able to check out theses any time to read the research of their peers. 

Information regarding the mandatory portfolio submitted by students enrolled in ENVS 190 is provided here: 

Portfolio & Thesis Instructions

The thesis library collection (only the title of thesis and number assigned to it is provided, not student name or semester): 

ENVS Thesis Library


Commencement Information

Spring 2014 Commencement will be held in the Sleep Train Arena (formerly "Arco Arena") in Sacramento on Saturday, May 24th, 2014 at 12 pm..

Students of senior standing who wish to participate in the graduation ceremonies can register online at the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies website.

For detailed information about graduation, please visit the CSUS Commencement website.


Career Center Contact for ENVS Students

The Career Center is open for all Environmental Studies majors, and counselors are on hand to speak with students about anything job-related:  writing a resume, how to find an internship, summer employment, and finding a job after graduation.  The Career Center is located on the second floor of Lassen Hall.


Patrick James Dugal Scholarship

To honor the memory of Patrick James Dugal, the Dugal family has established a scholarship for students pursuing a profession in the Environmental Studies field.

Patrick was a full-time CSUS student working toward a degree in Environmental Studies. He was a serious student who was involved in the community and had a strong commitment to environmental matters. He has been described by his professors as a bright presence, cheerful, friendly, optimistic, articulate and dedicated.  Patrick lost his courageous battle against cancer in January 2005.

Applications for 2014-2015 are welcomed at any time, and one or more students will be selected in May 2014 to receive a $1,628 scholarship for tuition and books.

Scholarship Application: Patrick James Dugal Memorial Scholarship Application

Scholarship Details:

  • Available to Environmental Studies Majors of Junior or Senior status.
  • Student must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA.
  • Student must be enrolled full time at the time of award disbursement (Fall 2014).
  • Student must submit completed application and a 600 word essay in which the applicant describes the environmental issue s/he cares about the most, his/her professional goals, and how the scholarship will help the attainment of those goals.
  • Scholarship applications can be turned in to Amador Hall 554A.
  • DEADLINE: APRIL 28, 2014