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ENVS Academic Policies

Double counting

Students may double count up to 3 courses between ENVS and their co-major and up to 2 courses with a minor.

Students may NOT double-count courses within different categories of the ENVS major. For example, if EC 30 Environmental Economics is used as a core course, it may not be used as the introductory course in the Sustainability, Equity and Policy track. Students must take at least 10 different courses to complete the major in addition to a required internship.

Course petitioning

Environmentally-themed courses that are not listed in our website can be requested by students to count toward specific requirements of the ENVS major. Examples might include Experimental College classes, advanced independent research courses offered by different departments or courses taken abroad at Tufts programs or elsewhere (see transfer of credit policy below). In order to use an unlisted course for the major, students must complete a Course Petition form and submit it along with the course syllabus to environmentalstudies@tufts.edu. Once the petition is reviewed by faculty affiliated with the program, the student will be notified of the decision by email. This process can take several weeks.

Students may only petition one 1 ex-college class toward the major.

Transfer of credit policy

ENVS majors can transfer up to 2 courses taken from an accredited institution other than Tufts. More than 2 courses may be transferred if a course is transferred as an already existing course at Tufts. Courses taken at Tufts abroad programs are not considered transfer credits, therefore the 2 course limit does not apply to them.

Please note that just because a course is approved for transfer by ENVS (or other department) through SIS, it does not automatically count toward the ENVS major. Any course that is not listed in our website must be petitioned to count toward the major by submitting a Course Petition form along with the course syllabus to environmentalstudies@tufts.edu. See course petitioning section above.