Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have declared my
first major to declare for Environmental Studies?
No, you can declare for ENVS once you have enrolled at Tufts. We believe that the sooner you
find an ENVS advisor and begin consulting them, the more effective your progress
through the program will be.
Can I apply advanced placement (AP) courses to the Environmental Studies Major?
Students graduating on/before 2021 can use Environmental Science AP credit instead of taking Bio 007
if they have a score of 4 or 5. Students graduating on/after 2022 must have an AP score of 5 in order
to count their Environmental Science AP credit to replace Bio 007. Students who take Biology 007
will not be awarded advanced placement credit.
How many credits can I count toward both my majors?
Student may double count courses up to 3 courses if they are doing the co-major and 5 courses
in their are doing the stand-alone major. For more information consult
ENVS Academic Policies.
When do I need to declare my track?
While students don't officially declare their track, it is advised that they know
which track they are interested in before declaring the major so they can select an
advisor for that specific track. A full list of advisors and the selection process
are available here.
How do I do a self-designed track? I'm not sure how much freedom one has or how the process goes?
For more information on the requirements and the process, visit
the Self-Design Track.
What is the latest I can change my track?
Students should consult their ENVS advisor if they are contemplating changing their
track. Tracks have specific key requirements, some of which do not transfer into
other tracks within the major.
How many transfer credits may be counted toward the major?
ENVS co-majors can transfer up to 2 courses taken from an accredited institution other
than Tufts. Applied Environmental Studies majors can transfer up to 4. More 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 or 4
course limit does not apply to them. Please note that just because a course is approved
by ENVS to be transferred to Tufts, 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
firstname.lastname@example.org. For complete information see
ENVS Academic Policies
What would qualify as an internship and what is the best way to go about getting one?
Internships require a minimum of 100 hours of service (paid or unpaid), in the summer or during the school
year conducting environmentally-relevant work. All internships need to be pre-approved by the Program Assistant Director.
ENVS students have interned at many organizations (see examples.)
Declared Environmental Studies students have full access to our extensive
containing previous experiences by ENVS students. We also post opportunities weekly through our
Are ENVS students eligible for any specific awards or prizes?
Environmental Studies students are eligible for these awards/prizes:
- ENVS career-building awards
- Norton Nickerson Endowed Internship Grant
- The Nancy Anderson Prize
- Anne E. Borghesani Memorial Prize
- The Lily Glidden Award
- Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement Prize
Learn more >
How does Honors work in Environmental Studies?
ENVS students are eligible for honors awards as follows. Nominations are
voted upon by the Environmental Studies Executive Committee.
- Honorable mention (cum laude)
is conferred at commencement on students who achieved a record of five credits
of A or A- in satisfying their concentration requirements — including related
fields — and whose cumulative average for all Tufts courses is 3.50.
- High distinction (magna cum laude)
may be conferred at commencement on students who achieved a record of six
credits of A or A- in satisfying their concentration requirements, including
related fields, and whose cumulative average for all courses is 3.65 or better.
Students must be recommended in writing by their departmental chairperson or
- Highest distinction (summa cum
laude) may be conferred at commencement on students who achieved a record of
six credits of A or A- in satisfying their concentration requirements, and whose
cumulative average for all courses is 3.80 or better. Such candidates shall
achieve at least one credit of A or A- in four of the five areas of the
distribution requirement (all of these A grades must be taken in a department or
interdisciplinary program). It is important to emphasize that the numerical
criteria for magna cum laude and summa cum laude determine only eligibility for
consideration; actual award of these honors is contingent on departmental
recommendation. A description of additional departmental criteria (such as
independent research) for honors recommendations is available from each academic
department. In addition, for students recommended for summa cum laude, the
department will submit one letter
supporting their recommendation. Finally, summa cum laude is awarded only by
special vote of the entire faculty, recognizing extraordinary achievement in the
breadth, as well as the depth, of the student's intellectual development.
Students whose permanent record includes a serious disciplinary infraction will
not normally be eligible for summa cum laude honors.
Is the Environmental Studies Major a BS or a BA?
ENVS majors completing the Environmental Science track can receive a BS. Environmental Studies
completing the Environmental Humanities track can only receive a BA. Students in all other tracks
can receive a BS only if at least 50% of the classes in the major fulfill a math or natural science
requirement. Please note that if you are co-majoring, whether you receive a BA or a BS will be
ultimately dictated by the major you declare first.