EVS Admission Information

Due to the 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. Applicants should meet the following requirements to be competitive for internal transfer admissions:

  • Completion of or enrollment in at least one of the basic sequence courses in EVS (BIO 311C, CH 301, M 408C/K/N, and/or GEO 401/303/GRG 301C).
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative UT GPA at the time of the application
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in completed basic sequence courses

Overall factors in assessment of internal transfer applications will include, but are not limited to:

  • the student’s grade point average in the EVS basic sequence courses;
  • 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 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. 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). The application is available each year at the beginning of November once early spring registration has ended.

The Spring 2018 EVS 311 Non-Major Seat Application is now available! Applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on Sunday, December 31, 2017 to be considered.

Decisions are announced no later than the first class day of the spring semester, and the EVS Advising Coordinator will work with students offered a seat during add/drop to add the class to their schedules.

Information Sessions

Current UT Austin students interested in applying for non-major seats in EVS 311 and/or for the EVS major are encouraged to attend an information session prior to submitting their application. All of the following spring 2018 information session dates will be held in JGB 2.102A (Student Center Conference Room):

  • Wednesday, January 24, 10:00-11:00am
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Friday, February 23, 11:00am-12:00pm

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.

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 620 or above (on exams taken after March 2016; a score of 600 or above is considered for exams taken prior to March 2016);
  • 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

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 evs@esi.utexas.edu.