Withdrawal Information & Deadline- Fall 2017

The last day to withdraw from fall 2017 classes is Friday, November 3rd.

If you are not doing well in one or more of your courses but would like to avoid a withdrawal, I recommend that you visit the Campus Learning Center as soon as possible for academic coachingtutoring, and SI sessions if you aren’t already doing so- especially for math, chemistry, and biology courses.  The Writing Center is another helpful VCU resource.

Please follow the instructions below if you are thinking about withdrawing from a class:

1. Before withdrawing from a class you are doing poorly in, you should read your course syllabus carefully and talk to your instructor about the situation- maybe there’s still a chance you can pull up your grade.  You should also read more about VCU’s withdrawal policy on this page.

If withdrawing from a course will drop you down to “part time” status (below 12 credits) and you have financial aid concerns related to the withdrawal, please speak to a representative in the Student Services Center about this (go in person rather than emailing/calling if possible).  I do not have access to your Financial Aid information.

2. Check to see if there is a hold on your record.
To check for holds on your account, log on to eservices.  Go to Student→ Student Account→ View holds.  Look under the “processes affected” column on that page.  If “registration” will be affected, follow the “if you do have a hold on your record” instructions below to withdraw from a class.

  • If you do not have a hold on your record, you can withdraw from classes through eservices until 11:59pm on Friday, November 3rd.To web withdraw from a class, go to Student→ Registration→ Add or drop classes.  Select Fall 2017→ find the course(s) and select “Web Withdraw” on the drop down menu next to the course(s) you want to withdraw from.  Scroll down on the page and click “submit changes”.  Remember to double check your schedule afterwards and make 100% sure that you successfully withdrew from the course!
  • If you do have a hold on your record, you must go to the Student Services Desk in Harris Hall and ask someone at the desk to withdraw you from the class(es) of your choice. This must be taken care of before 4:30pm on November 3rd (sooner is better!).

3. If for some reason you miss the withdrawal deadline, email me immediately.  I may or may not be able to help, but the sooner you let me know about the mistake, the better.

Finally, please come meet with me to discuss a potential withdrawal, especially if it will affect your progress within the environmental studies major.  You can make an appointment here or come to my walk in hours, which are held on Wednesdays from 1-3pm and Thursdays from 2-4pm.   I will also be holding special walk in hours for withdrawal concerns on Friday, Nov. 3rd from 10am-noon and 1-3:30pm.  I am located in room 107 of the Trani Life Sciences Building.

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 wsadvisor@vcu.edu with your V# and course request. All Criminal Justice override requests can be done by going to http://go.vcu.edu/crjs-overrides.

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 jepiocuda@vcu.edu.

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 (jgoldstein2@vcu.edu).

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: http://arts.vcu.edu/music/students/override-request/. 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@vcu.edu.

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 music@vcu.edu.

Student Orgs for ENVS Majors & Minors

This page is under construction- Please stay tuned for updated student orgs and links

Please consider joining one or more of the following VCU Student Organizations this year!

Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) at VCU

Green Unity at VCU

Environmental Coalition at VCU

Epsilon Eta (NEW for fall 2020! A professional and honor fraternity at VCU that is specifically environmentally focused)

0-Waste RVA

109 World at VCU

The Wildlife Journal Club

ECO Fashion


ETC: Environmental Technology and Collaboration

Sustainability, Accessibility, and Partnership (SAP)

Non-VCU Organizations in Richmond:

Environment Virginia

James River Association

Richmond Audubon Society

Sierra Club- Falls of the James Group

Virginia League of Conservation Voters

Virginia Outdoors Foundation

Suicide Prevention Month at VCU

See below email and attachments from University Counseling Services:

National Suicide Prevention Week for 2015 is set for September 7th through the 13th. According to the American Association of Suicidology, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States and the 2nd leading cause of death among 15-24 year olds. Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die. They just want to end the pain they are experiencing.

When suicidal intent or risk is detected early, lives can be saved.

University Counseling Services, The Wellness Resource Center and Residential Life and Housing will the hosting our 2nd “extremely popular” ALIVE FAIR on Thursday, September 10, 2015 from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. We will be under the “Big White Tent” on the Commons Plaza. We will end Suicide Prevention month with our 2nd Annual Memorial Walk on Friday, October 2, 2015

I am attaching power point announcements for all of our upcoming events.

Please encourage students, faculty and staff to participate in our Suicide Prevention events this month.  Together we can reduce the number of lives shaken by a needless and tragic death!


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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 envsadvising@vcu.edu.

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 bioadvising@vcu.edu.

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 academiccalendars.vcu.edu.

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 ENVSadvising@vcu.edu if you have any questions!