Declaring a Major in Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management (ESRM)

To declare the major, contact the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences adviser to schedule an appointment. At the appointment, students will complete the declaration paperwork, discuss requirements, design a degree plan and ask any questions about the major.


Students should prepare for studies at Environmental and Forest Sciences by following a few key steps, meet with us to learn about our exciting degree program and our excellent facilities, and use our tips to help navigate the admissions process at the University of Washington.

Applying to the UW

All students who would like to enroll in the ESRM degree must first be admitted to UW. Application information can be found on the UW admissions website. Admission to UW is competitive and applicants are evaluated on a number of factors. These include grade point average, test scores and academic preparation, as well as personal achievements and characteristics.

Incoming students are admitted to the UW during autumn, winter and summer quarters, although most are admitted in autumn quarter. Students should sure to check the deadlines for the quarter they hope to be admitted and start working early to get materials together in order to apply on time. There are also a number of scholarships available for incoming students through Environmental and Forest Sciences, as well as the College of the Environment.

Once a student has been admitted to UW, the Environmental and Forest Sciences undergraduate adviser should be emailed. Let the adviser know for which quarter the student has been admitted. Return the confirmation deposit.

TIP: Be sure to read all letters and materials carefully. It is easy to miss a vital step in this process. Once confirmed, students will be able to sign up for an Advising and Orientation Session (A&O). Students will not be able to register for courses until they have completed the A&O session, so be sure to sign up early.

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