Environmental Sciences

Prerequisites & Catalog Descriptions

Environmental Community Engagement (EVS 490)

Who is this for: Non-EVS majors who are EVS minors or Sustainability minors

When is this offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Introduction to the role of environmental agencies in the community. Requires 40 hours of volunteer time directed toward helping the mission of the environmental agency. Additional liability insurance expense may be necessary.

Applied Service Learning (EVS 496)

This course is no longer offered within the department. EVS majors seeking credit for an internship should apply for Undergraduate Practicum (EVS 497) and non-EVS majors should apply for Environmental Community Engagement (EVS 490) credits. Non-EVS majors who are Sustainability or EVS minors and on a catalog older than 2020-21 will need to email the department (evs@uncw.edu) to have a substitution of EVS 490 for EVS 496 made.

Undergraduate Practicum (EVS 497)

Who is this for: Declared EVS majors 

When is this offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

2.00 GPA overall, consent of instructor. Advanced field placement experience in governmental, corporate, NGO or other setting in the environmental field. Provides extended opportunity for fieldwork, research, and creative projects. Relates theory to practical application in the field. Satisfies University Studies V: Explorations Beyond the Classroom and applied learning requirement. Additional liability insurance expense may be necessary. 1 credit hour requires a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer work at the host organization.

Internships (EVS 498)

This course is no longer offered by the department. Students seeking credit for an internship should apply for the Undergraduate Practicum (EVS 497) credits.

Graduate Practicum (EVS 597)

Who is this for: EVS Graduate Students

When is this offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Permission of instructor. Graduate students must have completed both EVS 501 and EVS 519 prior to applying for a Graduate Practicum.  Advanced field placement and experience in non-profit, governmental or private sector. Provides extended opportunities for fieldwork, research or creative projects and includes related theory to practical applications. Additional liability insurance expense may be necessary. Students must discuss this option with the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Devon Eulie, prior to pursuing a placement. Additional liability insurance expense may be necessary. 

Application Process

The application process for Environmental Community Engagement and both Undergraduate and Graduate Practica follow the same steps:
  1. Students secure a position with a host organization. To find a position, sign up for the EVS listserv and read about options on the Frequently Asked Questions page on the EVS website 
  2. Students submit an application for to the Applied Learning Coordinator.
    1. You must complete the application in Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Acrobat Reader
    2. Do not attempt to complete the application in your browser.
    3. No applications will be accepted unless completed in Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Acrobat Reader and containing a valid digital signature.
  3. The EVS Applied Learning Coordinator will send the application to the student's supervisor at the host organization for verification and their signature. Students should NOT send their application to their supervisor.
  4. Due to the current pandemic of COVID-19 and associated health risks, final approval of all student applied learning credits must come from the College of Arts and Sciences.  Students are NOT PERMITTED to start working at their host organization for UNCW credit. Once final approval is received from the College, the EVS Applied Learning Coordinator will send the student an email indicating they have been provided an override into the course. Students are responsible for registering for the course on SeaNet after they receive the override notification email from the Coordinator. Failure to register for the course on SeaNet will exempt the student from earning credit even if they volunteer at the organization.

Important Notes

  • No credit will be provided for work conducted prior to registration of the course
  • No credit will be provided for work conducted prior to the beginning of the term (Fall, Spring, Summer)
  • Applications for credit will be denied in the following situations:
    • The application is not completed in Adobe Acrobat or the free Adobe Acrobat Reader
    • The application is not digitally signed
    • The application is incomplete or contains spelling and grammar errors
    • The application is emailed to the EVS Applied Learning Coordinator without a professional message within in the email body (i.e., emails with only attachments and no message will not be accepted)
    • The host organization and/or position is not suitable for credit (based on the discretion of the EVS Applied Learning)
    • The supervisor of the host organization does not agree to application information provided by the student
    • The student fails to provide the EVS Applied Learning Coordinator with the completed application with enough time to obtain the supervisor signature. An application is not considered completed until the EVS Applied Learning Coordinator informs the student that their application has been sent to their host organization supervisor for approval
    • The student fails to register for the course on SeaNet after the override is provided by the EVS Applied Learning Coordinator