About the ENVSCI Program

The environmental science major provides an understanding of the biological and physical sciences and their application to environmental problems. Our majors follow a rigorous interdisciplinary approach that prepares them to respond to urgent environmental challenges. Students learn the basic theories and techniques needed to monitor environmental quality, interpret the impact of human actions on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and develop strategies for ecosystem restoration. Our majors also learn how to apply scientific data to develop policies and regulations for protecting the environment.


Are you a UMass student in a different major, and interested in Declaring EnviSci as your Major?
1. Check out our major requirements below. (EnviSci is a science major that requires organic chemistry and calculus.)
2. Meet with one of our Peer Advisors to learn more about the program. (See peer office hours above for Spring 2024)
3. Make an Appointment with Dr. Henson or Dr. Nicolson, on Navigate.
NOTE: Appointments for Change of Major advising will be available in Navigate for both Prof. Nicolson and Prof. Henson starting in midApril.

You can also view this Informational Video which includes lots of detailed information. (It was recorded during a live information session held two years ago when all of our Destination Day events were being conducted virtually.)

But be sure to check out more program details below:

And check out our EnviSci blog, written by students for students.

Here’s how to connect with a Peer Advisor

Peer Advising

Peer Advising is available via Zoom and in-person in our Holdsworth Hall 209 advising center at the following times:

Spring 2024 Office Hours (Zoom Link): 

Mondays: 10:00-11:00 AM & 12:30-1:30 PM
Tuesdays: 8:45-9:45 AM & 2:30-3:30 PM
Wednesdays: 11:00 AM- Noon & 12:30-1:30 PM & 2:30-3:30 PM
Thursdays :   8:45 AM- 9:45 AM & 2:30-4:30 PM
Fridays: 10:00-11:00 AM 

Last Day of Spring Add/DROP is Wednesday, 2/7!!

Use this Zoom link for those EnviSci Peer Virtual drop in hours above.

Undergraduate Research

All interested Environmental Science students are encouraged to take advantage of the many rich research opportunities that exist in all three of our partnering departments.   Read more about undergraduate research here, or check out the lists on that page to get a flavor of the various research opportunities open to you!

Contact an Advisor
  • Program Manager & Director of Advising:
    Deborah Henson, PhD
    Office: 310 Holdsworth Hall (though most appointments are still virtual)
    Email: dhenson@eco.umass.edu
  • Navigate appointments are available now for all students.
    During the months of November and April, when Registration is at its peak, most appointment slots are reserved for current EnviSci students. Availability for Change-of-Major Students will open in the latter half of these months.
    All appointments are VIRTUAL at this time. You will receive a Zoom link with your Navigate appointment confirmation.  
  • Drop-In Virtual Advising with Dr. Henson
  • Assistant Program Manager:
    Craig Nicolson, PhD
    email: craign@umass.edu
  • Zoom link for Dr Nicolson’s Virtual Drop-in Hours for EnviSci Advising –
  • Mondays, 1:30-3:00,
  • Wednesdays 3:30-5:00, and
  • Thursdays 4:00pm-5:30pm,
    Here is Dr Nicolson’s Zoom link for his virtual Drop-in advising times above.
  • Bookable Navigate appointment times with Dr Nicolson are also available each week.

Contact ENVSCI

Associate Department Head for Teaching & Curriculum | Department of Environmental Conservation | Environmental Science Program Manager & Chief Undergraduate Advisor | Senior Lecturer II

Deborah Henson's disciplinary focus is in soil science and wetland science.

Lecturer – Sustainability and climate change | systems modeling | urban ecology | watershed systems

Craig Nicolson studies the sustainability of ecological-social system, addressing questions of how ecosystems change through time and how people interact with natural resources.