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Concentration Requirements for the A.B. and Sc.B. degrees in Environmental Studies

Updated March 2013

Concentration advising is an important part of the process of designing a concentration and selecting courses. Students should develop their concentration in consultation with the faculty and with the approval of a concentration advisor. If you intend to concentrate in ENVS please complete the form at this link - http://tinyurl.com/envs-quest

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Standard program for the A.B. degree in Environmental Studies:

BASIC PREREQUISITES
Competence in mathematics sufficient to take courses approved for the concentration.1
CORE REQUIREMENTS
ENVS0110 Humans, Nature, and the Environment: Addressing Environmental Change in the 21st Century2
ENVS0490 Environmental Science in a Changing World2
Select three intermediate level social science or humanities courses appropriate to the student's focus, for example:3
ENVS0410 Environmental Stewardship
ENVS1350 Environmental Economics and Policy
ENVS1410 Environmental Law and Policy
ENVS1555 Urban Agriculture: The Importance of Localized Food Systems
PHP1070 The Burden of Disease in Developing Countries
RELS0260 Religion Gone Wild: Spirituality and the Environment
Select two intermediate level environmental science courses appropriate to the student's focus, for example:3
BIOL0420 Principles of Ecology
BIOL0440 Plant Organism
BIOL1470 Conservation Biology
ENVS0455 Coastal Ecology and Conservation
GEOL0030 Climate and Climate Change
GEOL0240 Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet
GEOL1350 Weather and Climate
A course in statistics and/or qualitative methods based on your focus
FOCUS
Select (5) focal courses
CAPSTONE OPTIONS4, 5
One (1) or two (2) semester thesis research, register for ENVS1970 (fall semester) and/or ENVS1971 (spring semester) Independent Study
One (1) or two (2) semester environmental practicum. Register for ENVS1970 (fall semester) and/or ENVS1971 (spring semester)
Environmentally related senior seminar or course
See footnotes 4 & 5 below for details
ENVS 1970/1971 Independent Study
TOTAL NUMBER OF COURSES
8 Core + 5 Focus + 1 or 2 Capstone = 14-15 courses

1

AP credits can be used to meet competency requirements in MATH and can be used to reduce the number of required courses.

2

Substitution for ENVS0110 or ENVS0490 requires approval of the concentration advisor. A score of 5 on the AP exam can be used to satisfy ENVS0110 or ENVS0490 with permission of the concentration advisor.

3

Other intermediate level science and non-science courses may be substituted with the approval of the concentration advisor.

4

Thesis Research:This may be a one or two semester project, done under the supervision of a faculty member. All students choosing this option must register for ENVS1970 (fall) and/or ENVS1971 (spring). The research may be done individually, or, with prior approval, in teams. Students who undertake a one-year project may be eligible to graduate with honors. Students who apply for honors in ENVS, in addition to handing in a written thesis, must also present an oral defense.

Environmental Practicum:the practicum is a supervised, unpaid project undertaken (at least 150 hours) during the academic year in pursuit of practical experience. The project necessitates pre-approval and supervision by a faculty member and a sponsoring environmental agency, organization or firm. The practicum must include substantial research and writing components. It must be related to the student's focus and result in a final project that is accepted by the supervising organization, the faculty advisor, and concentration advisor. The practicum may be done individually, or, with prior approval, in teams. A final report must be produced. All students choosing this option must register for ENVS1970 (fall) and/or ENVS1971 (spring).

Capstone Course: A list of approved capstone courses will be provided on the CES website. Click on The Undergraduate Capstone Requirement under CAPSTONES/THESIS. Students choosing this option must take the capstone course during their senior year. This provides the opportunity to assimilate knowledge from previous coursework. Instructors may assign special assignments for students taking a course for capstone credit.

5

See the CES website for guidelines and deadlines for honors and non-honors independent thesis research - http://envstudies.brown.edu/theses/undergrad.html

Standard program for the Sc.B. degree in Environmental Science

BASIC REQUIREMENTS
Competence in mathematics and chemistry
MATH0090 Introductory Calculus, Part I1
MATH0100 Introductory Calculus, Part II1
CHEM0330 Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure
CORE REQUIREMENTS
ENVS0110 Humans, Nature, and the Environment: Addressing Environmental Change in the 21st Century2
ENVS0490 Environmental Science in a Changing World2
Select two intermediate level non-science courses appropriate to the student's focus, for example:3
ENVS0410 Environmental Stewardship
ENVS1350 Environmental Economics and Policy
ENVS1410 Environmental Law and Policy
ENVS1555 Urban Agriculture: The Importance of Localized Food Systems
PHP1070 The Burden of Disease in Developing Countries
RELS0260 Religion Gone Wild: Spirituality and the Environment
Select three intermediate level environmental science courses appropriate to the student's focus, for example:4
BIOL0420 Principles of Ecology
BIOL0440 Plant Organism
BIOL0800 Principles of Physiology
ENVS0455 Coastal Ecology and Conservation
GEOL0220 Physical Processes in Geology
GEOL0240 Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet
A course in statistics, for example:
FOCUS
Six focus courses beyond the introductory level
5 of the 6 (or 7) must be science courses
3 of the 6 (or 7) must be at the 1000-level
At least one (1) course must have laboratory or field-based component
CAPSTONE OPTIONS5,6
One (1) or two (2) semester thesis research. Register for ENVS1970 and/or ENVS1971 Independent Study
One (1) or two (2) semester environmental practicum. Register for ENVS1970 (fall semester) and/or ENVS1971 (spring semester)
Environmentally related senior seminar or course
See footnotes 5 & 6 below for details
ENVS 1970/1971 Independent Study
TOTAL NUMBER OF COURSES
3 Rqts + 8 Core + 7 Focus + 1 or 2 Capstone = 19-20 courses

1

Advanced placement credit for MATH0090 and MATH0100 can be used to meet the math competency requirement and reduce the number of required courses.

2

Substitution of ENVS0110 or ENVS0490 requires approval of the concentration advisor. A score of 5 on AP exam may be used to satisfy ENVS0110 or ENVS0490 with permission of the concentration advisor.

3

Students are strongly encouraged to take Environmental Economics and an environmental policy course.

4

Other intermediate level science and non-science courses may be substituted with the approval of the concentration advisor.

5

Thesis Research:This may be a one or two semester project, done under the supervision of a faculty member. All students choosing this options must register for ENVS1970 (fall) and/or ENVS1971 (spring). The research may be done individually, or in teams - prior approval needed. Students who undertake a one-year project may be eligible to graduate with honors. Those who apply for honors in ENVS, in addition to handing in a written thesis, must also present an oral defense.

Environmental Practicum:The practicum is a supervised, unpaid project undertaken (at least 150 hours) during the academic year in pursuit of practical experience. The project necessitates pre-approval and supervision by a faculty member and a sponsoring environmental agency, organization or firm. The practicum must include substantial research and writing components. It must be related to the student's focus and result in a final project that is accepted by the supervising organization, the faculty advisor, and concentration advisor. The practicum may be done individually, or in teams - prior approval required. A final report must also be produced. All students choosing this option must register for ENVS1970 (fall) and/or ENVS1971 (spring).

Capstone Course:A list of approved capstone courses will be provided on the CES website. Click on The Undergraduate Capstone Requirement under CAPSTONES/THESIS. Students choosing this option must take the capstone course during their senior year. This provides the opportunity to assimilate knowledge from previous coursework. Instructors may assign special assignments for students taking a course for capstone credit.

6

See CES website for guidelines and deadlines for honors and non-honors capstone information - http://envstudies.brown.edu/thesis/undergrad.html