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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:

  1. Assess environmental problems and solutions by applying scientific concepts
  2. Identify, understand, and critically evaluate competing perspectives on environmental issues
  3. Develop research, writing, and critical thinking skills and the ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively
  4. Build a persuasive argument and present it effecrively in both written and oral presentations and discussion
  5. Integrate knowledge, research, and interpretation with substantially greater sophistication than commonly expected.


Revised April 27, 2022 - Enroll in Fall 2022 ENVS 190 Thesis

-If you have a passing grade for ENVS 112 from a previous semester, and it has posted to your student record (please check), then you should be able to register for ENVS 190 yourself.


-If you are currently enrolled in Spring 2022 ENVS 112, please wait until your grade posts and then try to enroll in ENVS 190.


- If are trying to enroll in Fall 2022 ENVS 112 concurrently with Fall 2022 ENVS 190 then you should email the Instructor, Dr. Michelle Stevens at for Instructor Permission. Be sure to include your name and student ID number.

Note: ENVS 190 does not have an enrollment cap so you need not be concerned about the class filling and being unable to "get in" (if you are eligible to enroll).

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