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Environmental First Year Program

College of Natural Resources

The Environmental First Year Program (ENVFY) encourages students to explore environmental options at NC State, from global environmental change to sustainable materials and everything in between. By building on these relationships and gaining hands-on experiences outside the classroom, students leave the program excited to pursue pathways in fields related to environmental conservation and sustainability. Students develop working relationships with faculty who are not only experts in their fields but passionate about the environment and supporting students.

All incoming first-year students in participating majors will be automatically enrolled in the Environmental First Year Program. This includes participation in ENV 100 and ENV 101 courses.

The ENVFY Experience

The first semester opens up doors to courses, majors, minors and focal areas across the university to help students understand their career options and boost their success at NC State. In the second semester, students will enjoy access to continued advising and opportunities to participate in student-led, co-curricular activities.

Surrounded by a community of environmentally-focused faculty, staff and students, ENVFY participants grow both as individuals and scholars. The community provides social and professional development opportunities, as well as academic support through dedicated academic and faculty advisors. Each cohort is full of students excited to roll up their sleeves and get to work on some of our greatest environmental challenges.

Working Together

Students who are passionate about solving today’s environmental issues will discover a cohort of like-minded peers in the Environmental First Year Program. By bringing together students with similar interests but varying majors, ENVFY encourages students to consider real-world challenges and the different approaches taken by related disciplines.

As they work together, students may be surprised to find that complex environmental problems can benefit from interdisciplinary knowledge, and in the process they will develop critical and creative thinking skills that will prepare them for a career after graduation. For students who have a strong passion for the environment, ENVFY provides the opportunity to discover the breadth of environmental majors, minors and careers they may not have considered.