Environmental Studies

The Center for Environmental Studies offers an A.B. and an Sc.B. in Environmental Studies. Both degrees are directed toward students who intend to work toward improving the quality of the environment. The A.B. degree is appropriate for students interested in social science or policy approaches to environmental problem-solving and who want to pursue post-graduate or professional experience in various fields of environmental management or education. Fluency in some basic sciences is essential to this degree. The ScB degree is appropriate for students who are interested in post-graduate or professional experience in the natural sciences as a way of understanding environmental processes. All concentrators are strongly encouraged to perform some environmentally-related public service during their time at Brown. Service may include work as a teaching assistant in a relevant course, volunteer work with an environmental non-profit group or an environmental agency, or significant work with a student environmental group. Students interested in the AB should consult with the primary concentration advisor, Prof. Kurt Teichert, while students with an interest in the ScB should consult with Prof. Dov Sax.

Standard program Environmental Studies and Environmental Science:

The Center for Environmental Studies administers two concentrations, one offering an A.B. degree in Environmental Studies (requires 14-15 courses) and the other a Sc.B. degree in Environmental Science (requires 19-20 courses). Beginning 2014-2015 the Center will be offering a new curriculum (For previous curriculum please consult the Bulletin Archive for prior Academic Years). The new curriculum provides a more structured set of course offerings arranged into four tracks:

  1. Air, Climate & Energy
  2. Conservation Science & Policy
  3. Land, Water & Food Security
  4. Sustainability in Development

Requirements for the A.B. in Environmental Studies:

Core Requirements
ECON 0110Principles of Economics 11
ENVS 0490Environmental Science in a Changing World 21
ENVS 1509 - Introduction to Environmental Social Sciences (Course under development)1
GEOL 0240Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet1
or BIOL 0210 Diversity of Life
Track Specific Requirements 5
Track 1 - Air, Climate, and Energy
Climate:
Weather and Climate
Physics:
Foundations of Mechanics
Energy Technology: Choose 1
Renewable Energy Technologies
The Science and Technology of Energy
Policy: choose 1
Environmental Law and Policy
Power, Justice, and Climate Change
ENVS 1615 - Environmental Policy Process
Globalization and the Environment
Energy Policy and Politics
Sustainable Infrastructure: Choose 1
Environmental Stewardship
Sustainable Design in the Built Environment
Track 2 - Conservation Science and Policy
Ecology:
Principles of Ecology
Conservation:
Conservation Biology
Marine Conservation: choose 1
Coastal Ecology and Conservation
Marine Conservation Science and Policy
Policy: choose 1
International Environmental Law and Policy
Environmental Law and Policy
ENVS 1615 - Environmenal Policy Process
Statistics: Choose 1
Essential Statistics
Statistical Inference I
Statistical Analysis of Biological Data
Introduction to Econometrics
Statistical Methods for the Natural and Social Environmental Sciences
Track 3 - Land, Water & Food Security
Climate:
Weather and Climate
Biology: choose 1
Plants, Food, and People
Diversity of Life
Principles of Ecology
Coastal Ecology and Conservation
Environmental History: choose 1
From Locke to Deep Ecology: Property Rights and Environmental Policy
Environmental History
Policy: choose 1
International Environmental Law and Policy
Environmental Economics and Policy
Environmental Law and Policy
Marine Conservation Science and Policy
ENVS 1615 - Environmental Policy Process
Tools: Choose 1
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Applications
Global Environmental Remote Sensing
Principles and Methods of Geographic Information Systems
Track 4 - Sustainability in Development
Environment and Development: choose 2
Environmental Stewardship
Urban Economics
Power, Justice, and Climate Change
Health, Hunger and the Household in Developing Countries
Urban Agriculture: The Importance of Localized Food Systems
Globalization and the Environment
Policy: choose 2
International Environmental Law and Policy
Environmental Economics and Policy
Environmental Law and Policy
Marine Conservation Science and Policy
ENVS 1615 - Environmental Policy Process
Analysis Tools: Choose 1
Introduction to Econometrics 3
Ethnographic Research Methods
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Statistical Methods for the Natural and Social Environmental Sciences
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Applications
Introductory Statistics for Social Research
Focus Groups for Market and Social Research
Electives3
Acceptale courses include any ENVS course, any course listed on one or more of the lists for the tracks, and any prerequisites lised for one of these courses
Methods Course
ENVS 1920Analysis and Resolution of Environmental Problems/Case Studies1
Capstone1-2
This requirement can be met with a two-semester thesis (ENVS 1970 and ENVS 1971), one or two semester practicum (ENVS 1970 and/or ENVS 1971), one-semester research project (ENVS 1970 or WNVS 1971), or an approved capstone course. Approved capstone courses are project-based senior seminars.
Total Credits14-15
1

Students with AP scores of 4 or 5 in Macroeconomics plus a 4 or 5 in Microeconomics may place out of ECON 0110. Students who place out of ECON 0110 must substitute this course with an additional environmental elective.

2

Concentrators with an AP score of 5 in Environmental Science may waive out of ENVS 0490. Students who place out of ENVS 0490 must substitute an additional environmental elective.

3

 Students pursuing the Sc.B. must take ECON 1620.

Requirements for the Sc.B. in Environmental Science:

Requires ALL 14-15 course requirements as listed in the A.B. Program14-15
Additional Track­ specific requirements for the Sc.B.5
Track 1 - Air, Climate, and Energy
Math: (both required)
Introductory Calculus, Part I 1
Introductory Calculus, Part II 1
Environmental Economics:
Environmental Economics and Policy
Advanced Climate: choose 1
Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics
Ocean Circulation and Climate
Thermal/Chem.: choose 1
Thermodynamics
Environmental Geochemistry
Track 2 - Conservation Science and Policy
Math:
Introductory Calculus, Part I 1
Evolution:
Evolutionary Biology
Organismal Diversity: choose 1
Invertebrate Zoology
The Evolution of Plant Diversity
BIOL 0460 - Insect Biology
Env. Econ:
Environmental Economics and Policy
Tools: choose 1
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Applications
Global Environmental Remote Sensing
Track 3 - Land, Water & Food Security
Math:
Introductory Calculus, Part I 1
Chemistry:
Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure
Earth/Life Systems: choose 3
Conservation Biology
Biogeography
Terrestrial Biogeochemistry and the Functioning of Ecosystems
SES-Terrestrial Ecosystem Analysis 1
SES-Aquatic Ecosystem Analysis 2
Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet
Estuarine Oceanography
Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles
Environmental Geochemistry
Introduction to Atmospheric Dynamics
Instrumental Analysis with Environmental Applications
Track 4 - Sustainability in Development
Sociology and Politics: choose 1
Demographics and Development
Introduction to International Politics
Globalization and the Environment
Critical Perspectives on Development: choose 1:
Inequality and Development and Health, Humanitarianism and Human Rights
Sophomore Seminar in Sociology of Development (SOC 1871D)
Economic Perspectives: choose 2
Intermediate Microeconomics
Economic Development
Health, Hunger and the Household in Developing Countries
Economic Growth
Environmental Issues in Development Economics
Climate:
Weather and Climate
Total Credits19-20
1

Students with an AP exam of 4 0r 5 on Calc AB may place out of MATH 0090.  Students with an AP exam score of 4 or 5 on Calc BC may place out of MATH 0090 and MATH 0100.  Students who place out of these courses must substitute an additional environmental elective.

Honors

Candidates for honors must have a minimum GPA of 3.3 in their concentration courses at the end of their 6th semester, and must have completed a successful thesis or practicum proposal. Students may apply during the first month of their 7th semester. Honors will be conferred upon the successful completion of the thesis or practicum.