Graduating in Spring 2020?

If you plan to graduate this spring, you must do the following:


  1. The graduation application will be available on eservices starting January 13th, 2020. You must apply to graduate by Friday, January 24th, 2019.
    If you have already discussed waivers/ substitutions for ENVS major requirements with Lindsay (for example, subbing in an ENVS elective for the discontinued ENVS 411) but they still need to be processed, she will take care of this by late January/ early February after seeing that you have applied to graduate. If you are waiting on transfer courses to come to VCU or still need to submit the HS foreign language waiver, please follow the instructions included below. You should apply to graduate on time even if you are waiting on issues like these to be resolved!
  2. If you are not 100% sure you are on track for graduation this spring, please email Lindsay Freeman (,  schedule an advising appointment, and/or come to ENVS walk in advising hours by January 17th (the last business day before the add/drop deadline for spring 2020) to make sure you are all set.  Remember, you must earn at least 120 total credits to graduate with any bachelor’s degree at VCU. At least 45 of these credits must be upper level.
    Regarding capstone:
    If you did not already complete a course that qualifies to count as a capstone during your senior year, you must do so this spring!  For those of you on 2018-2019 (or earlier) bulletin, I will sub in your capstone course for ENVS 490 on your DegreeWorks if you are taking a course other than ENVS 490 as your capstone.  Those of you who have switched to the 2019-2020 bulletin must take ENVS 499 Capstone Experience (0 credit placeholder “course”) in addition to your capstone elective in order for things to slot in correctly on your DegreeWorks.  Please email me ASAP if you need an override into ENVS 499!

To access the application to graduate:
Log into your MyVCU Portal.  Click on eServices–> Student–> Student Records–> Apply to Graduate.  If you are graduating with a double major, dual degree, or certificate (like the Certificate in Sustainable Innovation), please complete an application for each major.

Regarding transfer credits that haven’t been sent to VCU:
If you need to transfer any credits from other institutions to VCU (if you took a summer course at a community college, for example), please take care of this as soon as possible.  Transcripts should be sent to: VCU Transfer Center, 900 Park Avenue Box 842532, Richmond, VA 23284-2532. 

Regarding the VCU Life Sciences Foreign Language Requirement:
If you successfully completed three levels of one foreign language in high school, you qualify to have the VCU Life Sciences foreign language requirement waived.  Please go to this page and follow all instructions under the “High School Foreign Language Waiver Information” heading if you qualify for this waiver but your foreign language requirement has not yet been waived on DegreeWorks.

COVID-19 Update 3/23/20:

VCU Life Sciences will no longer be holding a departmental commencement ceremony for spring 2020 graduates. We will be inviting all spring and summer graduates to participate in our fall ceremony. Please see below for updated information from the VCU Commencement office:

“Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health officials, the university’s Commencement exercises will no longer be held as planned on May 8-9. All 2020 graduates and their guests are now invited to participate in the university’s Commencement ceremony on Dec. 12, 2020. The university is planning additional opportunities to recognize May graduates and the individuals who supported our graduates through the years. More information is forthcoming.” 

For the latest information, graduating students and their guests are encouraged to visit the university’s COVID-19 website and VCU Health’s COVID-19 website, both available from the and homepages. For questions, please email

Q: Will the spread of the COVID-19 virus impact the university’s commencement exercises?

A: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other public health officials, the university’s Commencement exercises will no longer be held as planned on May 8-9. 

Q: Are the spring college and school ceremonies also cancelled?

A: Yes. This decision includes all school, college and special ceremonies. If there are any alternative plans to recognize graduates, they will be shared by the sponsoring school or office.

Q: How will the university celebrate May 2020 graduates?

A: All 2020 graduates and their guests are now invited to participate in the university’s Commencement ceremony on Dec. 12, 2020. The university is planning additional opportunities to recognize May graduates and the individuals who supported our graduates through the years. More information is forthcoming. 

Q: What details can be shared about the December Commencement ceremony?

A: Planned for Dec. 12, 2020, VCU Commencement will bring graduates from all schools and colleges together to celebrate their academic achievements. The biannual ceremony will feature the president of the university and a keynote speaker. More details about VCU Commencement and other school and college ceremonies will be forthcoming.

Q: Does the cancellation of Commencement exercises affect my degree conferral or diploma?

A: No. The cancellation of Commencement exercises will not affect degree conferral or diploma for graduating students. The official conferral date for May 2020 degrees is May 16. Degrees will post to your record on Tuesday, May 26. Degrees will not appear on academic transcripts until this date. Degrees will only show for those students who have satisfied all degree requirements and receive final approval. Students should check their academic transcript via eServices to ensure your degree has been posted before requesting official transcripts. 

Diplomas will be mailed beginning June 22, to the address provided during graduation checkout. To receive your diploma, you must meet all financial obligations to the university. Diplomas will not be released for those students who have not met their financial obligations. Please contact the Office of Records and Registration at (804) 827-1673 or once those obligations have been met.

Q: Will students have the opportunity to order academic regalia (caps, gowns, hoods, cords, tassels, etc.)?

A: Students will be able to purchase their academic regalia and other Commencement items. The university is working with its partners to finalize details. More information is forthcoming. 

Spring 2020 Commencement is the weekend of Saturday, May 9th, 2020. 
Graduates have the opportunity to celebrate their achievement at two ceremonies: the university-wide ceremony and their school or department’s ceremony.  At departmental ceremonies, graduates will be recognized individually and will walk across the stage.  At the university-wide ceremony, graduates are recognized collectively by school, with the exception of Ph.D. and Ed.D. candidates, who will be recognized individually.

University-wide ceremony (please RSVP here by early May)
Saturday, May 9th, 2020 at 10:00 am
Greater Richmond Convention Center

VCU’s university-wide Commencement ceremony brings graduates from all schools and colleges together to celebrate their academic achievements. The annual ceremony features the president of the university. This event is open to the public. Tickets are not required and seating for guests is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at [TBD].

VCU Life Sciences Ceremony
Friday, May 8th, 2020 at 6:00pm (graduates must arrive by 5:30pm)
VCU W.E. Singleton Center for the Performing Arts, Concert Hall
922 Park Ave., Richmond, Va. 23284

Tickets may be required for guests.  If tickets are required, Amie Knapp ( will contact all pending graduates via email with more information about ticketing in April.

Please refer to the VCU Commencement Website for additional information (the website should be up to date by sometime in March). You may also contact the Graduation/ Degree Audits Office with questions at (804) 828-1917 from 8 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Spring 2020 Advising Updates

ENVS majors/minors: Please schedule advising meetings by clicking here.  Prospective ENVS majors/ minors should email to set up an appointment with Lindsay Freeman.

Walk in advising will begin on Tuesday, January 7th  Walk ins are first come, first served and are meant for quick advising check ins (10-15 mins).  If you need to meet for longer than 10 minutes, it is best to schedule a full advising appointment.  Walk in advising as well as advising appointments for ENVS majors are held in room 107 of the Trani Life Sciences Building.  The walk in schedule is posted below.

Spring classes start on January 13th, 2020

The last day to add or drop spring 2020 courses is Sunday, January 19th.

The last day to withdraw from spring 2020 courses is Friday, March 20th.  Read about withdrawals at VCU (including information about tuition refunds) here.





















Questions? Please email undergraduate academic advisor Lindsay Freeman at

Everything you need to know about Spring 2020 add/drop week!

Spring 2020 classes start on Monday, January 13th and the last day to add or drop spring 2020 courses is Sunday, January 19th!  Schedules must be finalized by this date.  Students without holds on their account can add or web drop courses through eServices until 11:59pm.

If you need to drop a class but have a hold on your record that prevents you from doing so: You can drop a class in person at the Student Services Center (Harris Hall, 1st floor) before they close at 4:30pm on Friday, January 17th.  Please arrive early, as there will be a line.  Please note that you will not be able to add courses to your schedule if there is a registration hold on your account.

Not sure if you have a hold on your account?  To check, go to eservices–> student–> registration–> view holds.

To web drop a class through your MyVCU Portal:  Go to eservices–> student-> registration–> add or drop classes–> spring 2020.  Select “web drop” from the drop down menu next to the class you’d like to drop.  Hit the “submit” button.

After making changes to your schedulealways double check your new schedule to make sure it’s correct.  To view your schedule, go to eservices–> student–> registration–> “student detail schedule” (list view) or “week at a glance” (calendar view- make sure to look at a week in which classes meet everyday- January 13th through 17th for example- so all of your classes are correctly listed).

Please note the you will not automatically be dropped from a course due to nonattendance or nonpayment  You must drop the course(s) on your own following the instructions above in order to remove them from your schedule and to avoid being billed for the credits.   Please be aware that to be considered a “full time student”, you must be registered for at least 12 credits.

ENVS walk in hours and advising appointments are held in Lindsay’s office, room 107 of the Trani Life Sciences Building.  Walk in hours for the week of January 13th are listed below.  Starting the week of January 20th, Lindsay’s walk in hours will be held on Tuesdays from 10am-noon and Wednesdays from 1-3pm for the remainder of the spring semester unless otherwise noted.  There will be no walk in hours the week of March 9th.

Upcoming Walk in hours
Tues 1/14 10am-noon
Wed 1/15 1-3pm
Fri 1/17 10am-noon & 1-3pm (ADD/DROP DEADLINE IS TODAY)

Requests for override consideration for ENVS or ENVZ courses must be received by Friday, January 17th at 4pm (email  There is no guarantee that your request will be granted, but I will do my best.  If a course you are interested in is currently full and you aren’t able to get an override, I recommend that you check eservices several times per day to see if a seat has opened in the course you are looking for.  Please note that I am unable to issue overrides into non-ENVS courses.

Finally, if you miss the add/drop deadline for any reason, email Lindsay as soon as possible with a brief explanation of the situation.

Looking for non-major courses to add to your fall schedule?

Wilder School Elective Options

The Wilder School is removing restrictions for certain Criminal Justice classes and making prerequisite exceptions for some HSEP classes. There are several Urban & Regional Studies classes available that would be great for lower and upper level elective options,too!

If you are interested in an override for one of the HSEP classes listed below, please email with your V# and course request. All Criminal Justice override requests can be done by going to

ANTH 491 – Anthropological Anatomy

ANTH 491 – Anthropological Anatomy is a new course offering open to all students that will provide the following outcomes:

  • Ability to recognize and name anatomical structures in the human body,
  • Provide fluency with anatomical terms of reference (applicable to healthcare applications),
  • Understanding of 3D relationships of structures in anatomy,
  • Awareness of the relationship between form and function in species adaptations,
  • Understanding of the functional anatomy of locomotion, manual dexterity, the nervous system, reproduction and language in human evolution.

Prerequisites:  ANTH 210 OR BIOL/BIOZ 101 OR 151 OR 152 AND UNIV 200

(Course also satisfies Health or Upper-level science requirement for SCIENCE majors)

Email Dr. Crawley at cdcrawle@vcu to request an OVERRIDE. (Include your full name and V-number in the email.)

UNIV 391: Intro to Career Planning & Management

This coming Fall, Jorge Piocuda, an Assistant Director with Career Services, will be teaching a UNIV 391 course titled “Intro to Career Planning and Management.” The course covers the career gamut for the student, from identifying one’s personal values to career exploration, to the more tangible aspects of a career, such as how to craft a resume and cover letter as well as how to effectively interview.

The UNIV391 course is for sophomores and above; if freshmen students are interested in the course, please direct them to the UNIV291 version of the course, as that one is freshmen only.

  • UNIV391 009: Introduction to Career Planning & Management
  • CRN: 36606
  • Wednesday 10:00am-10:50 – Trani Life Sciences Building, room 0255

For more information, please contact Jorge Piocuda at

Upper-Level Sociology Elective Open to Non-Majors

SOCY 391-007-36374 Understanding Capitalism

TR 9:30-10:15am Jesse Goldstein

This upper-level elective will explore capitalism; the ways it works and the ways it doesn’t work, who it works for and who it works against. What is capitalism in the first place? What does it mean to identify an abstract and abstracting social logic as a real force that patterns much of our shared existence? Our investigation will span from global to local, from large-scale flows of wealth and commodities around the planet, to the intimate and mundane realities of everyday life. We will cover the history of this economic system, from its development out of non-capitalist worlds through periods of growth and decline – including the most recent financial crisis. Topics will include, neoliberalism, historical materialism, racial capitalism, colonialism, labor migration, feminization of the labor force, wage labor, technological advance and the digital economy, incarceration and militarization, care-work and unpaid labor, capitalist heteropatriarchy. Class assignments will entail a mixture of hands on ethnographic research, reading and critical analysis.

Interested students should email Jesse Goldstein (

Lessons for Non-Music Majors to Learn Bass Guitar and/or Acoustic Guitar

Beginning in the Fall 2017 semester, the Department of Music will offer lessons to learn bass guitar and acoustic guitar through popular music. These are one credit applied lessons – APPL 200 section 031 Applied Lessons: Bass Guitar (CRN: 36773) and APPL 200 section 032 Applied Lessons: Acoustic Guitar (CRN: 36774).

Seats are limited and an override can be requested from the Department of Music site: An additional applied lesson fee is required for non-music majors. Course will satisfy experiential arts requirement or open electives. Ability to read music is a requirement.

For more information, please contact the Music Department at

Music Classes for Non-Music Majors

Do you have a non-music major that wants to participate in music at VCU? Tell them to check out this flyer for on-the-stage and in-the-classroom courses open to non-music majors. This is a great opportunity for musically-inclined students to fulfill their experiential arts requirement!

For more information, please contact the Music Department at

Back to School Announcements!


Before add/drop ends at 11:59 pm on Wednesday, August 26th, I want to remind you of several things that may impact your course schedule this semester.  This information could potentially impact your fall 2015 schedule as well as your graduation date.  If you have any follow up questions, feel free to come to walk-in hours next week or email me at

Changes to Scheduled Walk-In Hours:
Walk-ins on 8/24 will be held from 3:30-5 pm instead of from 1-3 pm. All other walk-in hours for next week will continue as scheduled. I will not be in the office again until Monday afternoon, but will be responding to emails in the meantime.

Regarding Advising Appointments:
Please make appointments with me through UC Me- it’s much easier for both of us than emailing back and forth for an appointment time!  Just log onto your MyVCU Portal and click on “advising appointments” to see my availability.  You can view my schedule and make appointments up to two weeks in advance, and must book your appointment by 4pm the day prior to the appointment. 

 Appointment FAQs:

  1. What if I need to meet before add/drop, was not able to get an appointment on UC Me, and cannot make it to any of the walk-in times?  If this is the case, email me (let me know your situation) and I will do my best to fit you in at another time.  If you would like to meet about something that is not time-sensitive, please wait until there is an appointment available through UC Me or come to walk-in hours rather than emailing me to schedule an appointment (I will be much less busy after next week).
  2. Why aren’t there any available appointment slots for a particular week?  This means I am all booked up for that week.  Check the following week for availability. Availability may increase if an appointment is cancelled.
  3. How do I make an appointment if you are not my assigned advisor?   Scroll down on the “advising appointments” page, and click on the “Considering an Environmental Studies Major?” option in order to schedule your appointment.
  4. What if I schedule an appointment but end up needing to cancel?  If this is the case, please either cancel the appointment through UC Me or email me to let me know you need to cancel. As long as you do this before 4pm the day before our appointment, it will free up my schedule so another student can reserve an appointment at this time. Even if you end up having to cancel at the last minute, letting me know that you don’t plan to come is always very appreciated:)

Info about Fall 2015 Courses, ENVS Requirements, and Waivers:

1. ENVS 105 OR URSP 204 are prerequisites for ENVS 335/ENVZ 335 and ENVS 332, but you do not need to take the ENVZ 105 or URSZ 204 lab. These requirements still show up on your Degree Works because the bulletin has not officially been changed, but we will waive this lab requirement if you choose not to take the lab. 

2. We can substitute ENVS 201 for the LFSC 301 requirement on DegreeWorks in many cases, but it depends on what other courses you have taken towards other requirements (for example, ENVS 201 can’t fulfill both the LFSC 301 requirement and the “approved ENVS elective” requirement).

Please take note that this fall is the last time ENVS 201 AND LFSC 301 will be offered between now and next fall. Therefore, if you plan to graduate anytime before fall 2015 and have not taken either of these classes, you must register for one of these courses this fall.   If you are in this situation and still need to get into one of these classes, email me ASAP!  

3. ENVS 330/BIOL 332 is another course that will not be offered again until Fall 2016.  If you plan to graduate any time before December 2016 and have not taken this course, let me know ASAP so we can try to get you into this class before add/drop ends.

4. Extra upper level (300+) ENVS and BIOL courses can usually be substituted for the SOCY/POLI 320 requirement in DegreeWorks, although you can still take the 320 course to meet this requirement if you’d like.  Your “approved ENVS elective” will not double-slot to fulfill this requirement.  An additional course is required; it just doesn’t specifically need to be SOCY/POLI 320.

5. If you took the Math Placement Test and either placed into MATH 200 or completed MATH 200, you do not need to take MATH 151- this is something we can waive.  However, if you place into MATH 200 and are interested in going to grad school, it is in your best interest to go ahead and take it. Keep in mind that you will still need to take STAT 210 and STAT 314.

6. We strongly recommend that Environmental Studies majors take ECON 325 during the spring semester (when a section is taught by ENVS faculty).   If you are currently registered for this class, consider replacing it with something else.  Those of you who plan to graduate this fall should not drop this course as it is a graduation requirement that cannot be substituted or waived.

7. Fulfilling a biology minor in addition to your ENVS major does not require many extra classes because most of the requirements overlap with those of the ENVS major (you already have to take BIOL/Z, 151, BIOL/Z 152, BIOL 317, and ENVS330/BIOL 332 for the Environmental Studies major).  If you switch to the new bio minor bulletin (2015-2016), it just requires two additional bio classes (most of which we can sub in for the ENVS elective and the 320 requirement) and one lab (most ENVS students choose ecology lab).  To formally declare the minor, you will need to turn in a Change of Major Form to the Biology Advising Office in room 118 of the Life Sciences Building. If you are on the old bio bulletin and would like to switch to the new requirements, please email

I will be going through everyone’s DegreeWorks in the next few months and submitting all necessary waivers that I notice need to be done, but if you are planning to graduate this fall and have not yet discussed your pending waivers with an advisor, please email me.  If you have questions about what classes/requirements you can substitute or waive, please don’t hesitate to ask.

High School Foreign Language Waiver:
If you took 3 or more years of the same foreign language in high school, you do not need to take any foreign language at VCU in order to graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Studies.  The foreign language requirement can be waived by completing and turning in the high school foreign language waiver to the Office of Student Services for the College of Humanities and Sciences, which recently relocated to the first floor of Founders Hall at 827 W. Franklin St, Room 102. Transfer Students must include an official copy of your high school transcript in a sealed envelope, or have one sent directly to the Office of Student Services, P.O. Box 842507, Richmond, VA 23284­-2507. 

Back to School Announcements for Environmental Studies Majors



As you probably know, Richmond is hosting the UCI Road World Championships this September, which will be impact VCU’s academic calendar for the fall semester. Click here for details.

One important change that you need to be aware of is that the first day of classes on the Monroe Park Campus, Wednesday August 19, 2015, will follow a Monday class schedule. Normal class schedules resume on Thursday, August 20. Classes scheduled for Wednesdays during the semester will meet for the first time on August 26, 2015. MCV Campus students should follow their departmental schedule. For more information visit

Add-Drop Week Schedule

The deadline to add/drop classes is Wednesday, August 26th at 11:59pm.  

If you have not finalized your schedule at this point, please do so ASAP and email me or make an appointment if you have any questions about what you should be taking. For those of you waiting for certain classes to open up, I recommend that you check eservices as often as possible between now and the 26th to improve your chances of getting into the courses you need.

You can now make appointments with me through UC Me! Just log onto your MyVCU Portal and click on “advising appointments” to see available appointment time slots. If I am not showing up as your assigned advisor, scroll down on the “advising appointments” page, and click on the “Considering an Environmental Studies Major?” option in order to schedule your appointment. You can schedule appointments up to two weeks in advance, and must book your appointment by 4pm the day prior to the appointment.  If you anticipate needing to meet for more than 45 minutes, please book two time slots in a row. If absolutely none of the available time slots work for you, email me and I will try to fit you in at another time.

ENVS Advising Walk In Hours- REVISED Walk-ins are first come, first serve, and will be held in room 107 of the Life Sciences Building.  Walk-in advising is for students with quick questions about scheduling/ fall registration (10-15 minute time slots).

Therefore, If you need a full 30-45 minute advising appointment, please do not expect to have all of your questions/concerns addressed during walk-ins. Book an appointment with me instead! 

Please email me at if you have any questions!