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EVS Admission Information

Due to its hands-on nature of much of its curriculum, participation in the EVS Program is restricted to 50 students per year.  By contrast, The University of Texas at Austin enrolls nearly 40,000 undergraduates each year.  Consequently, EVS is very selective, and admission is available only through a competitive application process.

Internal Transfer Students (Current UT Students)

Applications to EVS for students currently enrolled at UT-Austin are accepted each spring for enrollment in the program the following academic year.  Factors included in assessment of internal transfer applications will include, but are not limited to:

  • the student's grade point average in the basic sequence courses (BIO 311C, CH 301, M 408C/N, and GEO 401/303);
  • the student's overall grade point average at the University;
  • the difficulty of the student's course load, course repetitions, and proven mathematical ability;
  • interest in environmental science and in the EVS Program; and
  • previous lab or field experience, and any environmentally-related volunteer work.

In order to be considered competitive for admission to the EVS Program, the internal transfer applicant should have a minimum GPA of 3.00. In practice, as the number of seats available for internal transfer students is limited, the GPA of successful internal transfer applicants is typically higher.  Interested students are therefore encouraged to explore all options for environmental study at the university, many of which are collected here. Internal transfer applications are typically open during the month of February for program entry in the following academic year. 

Non-Major Seats in EVS 311 (Current UT Students)

Current UT-Austin students interested in internally transferring into the EVS Program are strongly encouraged to request a non-major seat in EVS 311 (Introductory Field Seminar in Environmental Science & Sustainability).  This course is offered once a year, and non-major requests for seats can be submitted here beginning on November 1st.
Decision are announced on a rolling basis beginning in early December, and applicants are encouraged to submit their requests early.  Requests will continue to be accepted until all available seats are allocated or until the end of the first week of class (whichever occurs sooner.

Prospective Freshmen and External Transfer Applicants

Students not currently enrolled at UT-Austin can apply directly to the EVS Program on their application to the university by selecting "environmental science" as their major at the College of Natural Sciences, the College of Liberal Arts, or the Jackson School of Geosciences. Applicants should apply through the college they believe best suits their academic interests and needs.

To be considered for admission to the EVS program, freshmen and external transfer applicants must meet Calculus Readiness Requirement, described below.

Freshmen and external transfer applicants are evaluated through the university's Office of Admission, and therefore are evaluated according to the official application review factors (available here).

Please Note: All EVS applications, including first year and external transfer student applications, are be reviewed by a central admission committee. Consequently, the likelihood of acceptance to the Program does not increase in the event an applicant applies to EVS through more than one college.

Calculus Readiness Requirement

To be considered for admission to the Environmental Science major as a prospective freshman or external transfer applicant, you must meet the calculus readiness requirement. You can show calculus readiness by submitting one of the following by the admissions deadline:

  • A SAT Math score of 600 or above;
  • An ACT Math score of 26 or above;
  • An AB or BC Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus Test score of 3 or higher;
  • An International Baccalaureate (IB) HL or SL Mathematics score of 4 or higher;
  • An official college or university transcript showing credit for a college-level Calculus I (or higher) course with a grade of “C” or higher; or
  • An ALEKS score of 80 or above.

Scholarships for All Prospective Students

With support from the National Science Foundation, the EVS Program has more than $500,000 in scholarship funding to distribute to its students between 2012-2016.  Students who have applied but are not yet admitted to the EVS Program are welcome to apply for one of these EVS Scholars awards.

Please note that the admission and scholarship review process occur on parallel but separate timelines, and you may receive notice of your admissions application prior to being notified about any scholarship award.  Also note that admission to the EVS Program does not guarantee receipt of an EVS Scholars award, as the awards are subject to additional eligibility and competitive considerations.

If you have any questions about this process or the above criteria, please take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions or contact the EVS Program at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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