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Environmental Studies Theses
Students in ENVS 190 develop a report that explores an environmental problem or issue in great depth. It includes a detailed review of the scientific literature and evaluation of the information leading to conclusions and recommendations that address the problem or issue.
Thesis subjects are chosen by the student, approved by the instructor, and can be from myriad perspectives addressed in the ENVS curriculum including scientific, social, political, economic, and cultural.
Learning Objectives of Senior Thesis
ENVS 190 is designed to achieve, or assist students in achieving, the following program learning obbjectives. Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:
- Assess environmental problems and solutions by applying scientific concepts
- Identify, understand, and critically evaluate competing perspectives on environmental issues
- Develop research, writing, and critical thinking skills and the ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively
- Build a persuasive argument and present it effecrively in both written and oral presentations and discussion
- Integrate knowledge, research, and interpretation with substantially greater sophistication than commonly expected.
Revised November, 2020:
To request enrollment in Thesis for Spring 2021 please email the Faculty of Record, Dr. Julian Fulton
It is recommended that you have recently met with your ENVS Academic Advisor prior to requesting enrollment in ENVS 190 to confirm your readiness for Thesis.
Additional instructions regarding Thesis will be sent via SacSend messages at a later time.
Spring 2020 Theses
Fall 2019 Theses
Spring 2019 Theses
- Predictors of Honey Bee Colony Collapse Disorder in the Central Valley - Henry Rabas
- The Importance and Persistence of Abalone (Haliotis spp.) along the California Coast - Kalli Fenk
- The Effects of Birth Control Hormones on Fish Populations - Catherine Tuck
- The Effects of UVR filters on Human and Environmental Toxcity - Connor Wilson
- THE EFFECTS CANNABIS - Azalia Rivera
- Haiti Erosion and Deforestation - Aidan McIntyre
- Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products Emerging Contaminants in Potable - Adeyemi Walker-Thomas
- THE VALUE OF RIPARIAN HABITAT TO BUFFER EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL VALLEY- Abbygayle Britton
- Caught in the Crossfire of Controversy: The Future of the American - Tosha Duncan
- An Assessment of the International Status of the Burrowing Owl (Athene cunicularia) - Rose Sanchez
- Companion planting as an understory restoration - Moiz Mir
- The Recent California Population Decline of the American Pika (Ochotona princeps) and Conservation Proposals - Marisol Retiz
Fall 2018 Theses
- Microplastic Pollution in the Ocean Affecting Marine Life and its Potential Risk to Human Health -Lucia Arreola
- IRON MOUNTAIN THE HISTORY AND COMPLICATIONS IN METAL ORE MINING, REMEDIATION AND RECLAMATION OF A NATIONAL SUPERFUND SITE - Frank William Mammano
- Karenia brevis Adverse Impacts on Human Health and Larger Marine Related Animal Mortality from Red Tides - Vickie Vang
- An Analysis of Anthropogenic Effects and Conservation Project on Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) in the Mexican Pacific Coast - Alberto Ruelas Aguilar
- Water Conservation from Faucets to Food - Laura I. Surges
- Effects of Estrogenic Compounds on Fish Populations in Fresh Water Aquatic Systems - Tyler Saechao
- California’s Mountain Meadows The Effects of Historic and Modern Grazing and Adaptive Management and Restoration Strategies - Andrea Archer
- A Critical Analysis of Offshore Oil & Gas Exploration in the Arctic - Shannon Dalessandri
- The Near-Extinction of the Southern Sea Otters, (Enhydra lutris nereis) along California's Coast - Abby Estebat
- Conservation of Western Pond Turtles (Actinemys marmorata) on the Lower American River - Milo William Kovet Sr.
- The Effects of Trophy Hunting of African lions (Panthera leo) on their Population in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, While Comparing Threats with Kenya’s Lion Population - Tonya Manley