Prospective Students

Important Notice 


ETP is undergoing revisions and will not be accepting applications next year (2019) for the class of 2021.  If you are interested in majoring in the kind of environmental studies represented by ETP, please consider applying to the major in Global Environments and Sustainability ( ) 


Major Options for both second- and first-year students: 

Global Environments and Sustainability,

Environmental Sciences,

Interdisciplinary major,

Please email Melissa Slogan ( with questions. 

The Environmental Thought and Practice interdisciplinary major requires four prerequisites, three core classes, and seven electives. Before enrolling in the major students must meet the College's natural sciences and social sciences area requirements.


ETP BA Graduate Activities and Honors

Law schools:  Stanford, Yale, Northwestern, Georgetown, U. Va., U. of Texas, George Mason, University of Vermont, UMBC, University of South Carolina, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, UMBC.

Graduate schools: University of Pennsylvania, University of Notre Dame, Columbia University, Princeton University, Penn State University, University of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt University, Duke University, Harvard University, Yale University Forestry and Environmental Studies, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources, Louisiana State University, Tennessee Tech, Bainbridge Graduate Institute, Carnegie Mellon, Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul, Virginia Tech, U. Va. Environmental Sciences, U. Va. Urban and Environmental Planning, U. Va. Landscape Architecture, UC Berkeley School of Information, Allegheny Mountain School, University of Cincinnati, Johns Hopkins, University of Montana, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, UVA McIntire School of Commerce.

NGOs:  Natural Resources Defense Council, Habitat for Humanity, Public Interest Resource Group, Morven Farm, Friends of the Earth, Trout Unlimited, Red Cross, Mosaic Community Lifestyle Realty, Better World Betty, Alliance for Community Choice in Transportation, Resources for the Future, Inspiration Corporation, Clean Air Cool Planet, Phnom Tamao Rescue Center, James River Association, Center for Clean Air Policy, the Green Mountain Club, Sierra Club, Southern Environmental Law Center, Piedmont Environmental Council, Center for Science in the Public Interest, Environmental Law Foundation, Alliance for Climate Education, Clean Coalition, Right to Play, Enseña Peru, Jeannette’s Pier (the only LEED platinum certified, state-operated fishing pier in the US), WV Food and Farm Coalition, Eleison Group, South Carolina Environmental Law Project, National Fish and Wildlife Federation, Sourwood Farm, San Diego Habitat Conservancy, Children’s Environmental Health Network, Defenders of Wildlife, South Carolina Environmental Law Project, Environment America, San Diego Habitat Conservancy, Turtle Island Preserve, Center for Watershed Protection.

Private sector:  Happy Rickshaw, Deloitte Consulting, Kirkland and Ellis, Beveridge and Diamond, O’Melveny and Myers, AtSite Inc., Booz Allen Hamilton, Weston Solutions, Huntington Ingalls, Gensler, Perrin Quarles and Associates, Onyx Group, Marstel-Day, ICF International, Olin Landscape Architecture, Braungart Consulting, Aramark, PNC Financial Services, ChangeLab Solutions, ScottMadden Inc., Snow Valley Cycling, Phillies Bridge Farm Project, Urban Green Energy, the Cadmus Group, Columbia University, Compass Lexecon, Penngood, Jermain Dunnagan & Owens, SRA International, Sanford Cohen and Associates, Cornerstone Research, Fung Global Institute, Chemonics International, Navigant, Sustainable Silicon Valley, Magnises, Microstrategy, Solution Foundry, Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt, MyClubEco, LLC, Nelson Byrd Woltz, Aquia Episcopal Church, Flagstone Pantry, TraditionEnergy, MicroVest Capital Management, Jones Day, Jefferson Vineyards, Woods Rogers, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, JDM Associates, Virginia Air and Space Center, South Carolina Democratic Party, Cape Eleuthera Institute, Southern California Edison, FTI Consulting, Ramboll-Environ, Christian Science Monitor, Civic Solar.

Public entities: Americorps, National Park Service, Peace Corps, Va. General Assembly, Fish and Wildlife Service, EPA, Loudon County Board of Supervisors, US Department of Justice, US Senate, US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, Western District Court of Virginia, Eastern District Court of Virginia, Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, DC Circuit Court of Appeals, Alaska Supreme Court, Fulbright Program, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, NOAA National Weather Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, UVA Institute for Environmental Negotiation, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Greene County School District, UNEP’s SEED Initiative, Kamehameha Schools, North Caroline Department of Environment and Natural Resources, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Whitney Achievement Elementary School, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Cook County Circuit Court, US AID, US Department of Energy, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Maryland Court of Special Appeals, County of Henrico, US Department of Defense, University of Virginia Office of the Architect, Teach for America, Arlington County, US Department of Health and Human Services, US Coast Guard, Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.

Selected honors:  Many Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society members; Fulbright awards (Bolivia and Canada); first prize, Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition; Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship; Wallace Poole Prize; Wilbur A. Nelson Award; Most Outstanding Philosophy Student of the Year, University of Virginia; Raven Society; NASA Awards Scholarship; Henry David Thoreau Foundation Scholar; Rachel Carson Scholar Award; Jefferson Public Citizen Award; Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award; Presidential Management Fellows program; Echols and Jefferson scholars; Teaching Fellow, Monmouth School, Monmouth, Wales; Martha Derthick Prize.


The major is designed for students with a strong interest in the theory and practice of environmental issues. Each spring a maximum of 15 students will be selected for the program from a pool of applicants. Students will be chosen on the basis of prior academic performance, faculty recommendation, and an essay explaining the student's interest in the field. The program will provide students with a background for continued study in graduate and professional schools or careers in business, government, NGOs, or advocacy groups

Students should apply in the spring of their second year. ETP students are often enrolled in other degree programs at UVA, but ETP majors must demonstrate that they can fulfill the major's requirements in a timely fashion.

Students interested in becoming ETP majors should submit:

  1. a completed ETP application form

  2. a letter of recommendation from a faculty member (other than the ETP Director)

  3. a 300-400 word essay addressing why you are interested in becoming an ETP major

  4. an official transcript 

The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM, Friday, March 2, 2018. All application materials should be emailed to Melissa Slogan at