Environmental Science Undergraduate Application

Thank you for your interest in the Environmental Science major at the College of the Environment. This is an application to the College of the Environment Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. Please review the catalog for instructions on how to apply to become a full major.

Undergraduate applications to the Environmental Science major must be received on or before:

  • January 15 for admission spring quarter
  • April 18 for summer or fall quarters
  • October 6 for winter quarter

Due dates that fall on a weekend or holiday are due on the next work day.

The College of the Environment is part of Western Washington University. Students wishing to attend the College of the Environment must separately apply for admissions to Western Washington University.


Undergraduate Application:

Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

Applications Due Dates

Applications must be received by the College of the Environment no later than 5:00 pm on:

  • April 18  for admission summer and fall quarter at 5:00pm
  • October 6 for admission winter quarter at 5:00pm
  • January 15 for admission spring quarter at 5:00pm

Note: If the application date is during a weekend, applications will be due the following Monday by 5:00 pm.

Part 1: Name and Contact Information
Part 2: Preparation and Academic History
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Progress on Preparatory Classes

Preparatory Classes
BIOL 204
BIOL 205
BIOL 206
CHEM 161
CHEM 162
CHEM 163
MATH 124 Calculus
PHYS 161 or 114
ENVS 203 or GEOL 211 or GEOL 211A

You can use Western's GPA calculator.
Please provide your WWU cumulative GPA, which can be found on your academic history.  Enter 0 if you have not received grades at Western yet.  
Part 3: Applicant's Motivation and Goals

Short Answers

The Department of Environmental Sciences values an admissions process that creates a student body with diverse perspectives and experiences.  Your responses will give the Admissions Committee a broader view of you as a person and allow you express who you are beyond your GPA.  Your ability to express your thoughts with clarity and insight will contribute to the strength of your application.   

These essays carry considerable weight in the admissions decision, so please take your time.  We suggest drafting your answers in a Word document first, and, if possible, having a friend or family member read them over before submission. 

Please answer each of the prompts below, aiming for 200-300 words per prompt and respond using essay-style writing. 

Please tell us about your level of engagement with science and the environment. For example, you could describe research or field experiences you might have had, class or lab experiences with faculty, club participation, volunteer work, environmental activism or advocacy, service on college committees, or any other life experience. What did you gain from these experiences?  How do these experiences connect to pursuing a degree in Environmental Science? 
List three goals you want to accomplish within the field of environmental science field.  Try to be as specific as you can.  How would a degree help you achieve these goals?  Please share how aspects of your identity influence your academic goals. 
Collaboration with diverse groups of people is important for advancing science. Describe at least one experience you have had in your life (it can be academic or nonacademic), that helped you better appreciate the value of diverse perspectives and people. 
(Optional) Is there anything else that you would like our selection committee to know about you?