Info for new ENVS majors

If you are a first year student, your assigned advisor is Allison Norden. She is located on the 1st floor of Hibbs Hall and can be reached at

Lindsay Freeman is the only advisor for sophomore, junior, and senior ENVS majors.  She also advises for the ENVS minor. You can email her at (preferred) or at (messages to both accounts go directly to her- please don’t send your email to both accounts).  If your question/concern is complicated, you may be asked to schedule an in-person or phone appointment to go over your concern in detail.  Lindsay will also be holding walk in hours throughout the semester in her office (Trani Life Sciences Building room 107).  Walk in hours are for quick meetings (~10 minutes per student) and are first come, first served. 

Lindsay’s walk in advising schedule as well as important dates for the spring 2020 semester are posted below.


Add/drop deadline and first day of class
Please be aware that the last day to add or drop classes from your schedule is Sunday, Jan. 19th.  Since classes start Monday, Jan. 13th, you will have had the chance to attend all of your spring classes at least once at that point. These dates are included on the VCU Calendar for Spring 2020.

How to drop a class
Sign in to your MyVCU Portal.  Go to Eservices→ Student→ Registration→ Add or drop classes.  Select Spring 2020.  Find the course(s) and select “Web Drop” on the drop down menu next to the course(s) you want to drop.  Scroll down on the page and click “submit changes”.  Remember to double check your schedule afterwards and make 100% sure that you successfully dropped the course!

Having trouble using eservices or DegreeWorks?  Some helpful resources and tutorials are below!
Registration Dates by Credit
How to Register tutorial
Schedule Planner tutorial
Degree Works tutorial

VCU Student Resources
Make sure to take advantage of VCU’s Student Resources during your time at VCU!  The Campus Learning CenterCareer ServicesCounseling Services, and The Office of Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity are particularly helpful resources for many of our students.  Especially if you are taking biology, chemistry, or math coursework next semester, I strongly recommend that you go to SI Sessionstutoring, and academic coaching throughout the entire semester.  VCU also has a Writing Center if you need some extra help writing or proofreading papers, as well as a Math Help Center.

High school foreign language waiver
Please read about the high school foreign language waiver here:

Blackboard & Textbooks
Courses will often not show up on Blackboard until closer to the first day of classes, whereas eservices, DegreeWorks, and your transcript should refresh every night and stay up to date.  You should speak to your professors about the issue if a course is not showing up on Blackboard by the first week of class.  Professors generally will go over their course syllabus on the first day of class (not everyone will provide it to their students through Blackboard prior to the beginning of the semester).

To view the textbooks needed for your courses:
Sign on to your MyVCU Portal.  Click on eservices–> student–> registration–> order textbooks.  Click “Go to the Barnes & Noble @ VCU Monroe Park Campus” link.  At that point, a page should open with a list of your courses and the books that have been assigned to them.  If that doesn’t work, you can look up each of your courses individually by searching the course and section.  You can order your books directly from Barnes & Noble at this point, or just copy/paste information about the books you need and buy or rent them through another website of your choice.  If a book is not yet assigned for one or more of your courses, you may want to email the instructor directly to see if a book is needed (but if they haven’t *officially* assigned a book, chances are no other students will have it on the first day of class and it’s nothing to stress about).