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 in this concentration will:
- Understand environmental issues through a variety of disciplines, including the biological and geological sciences, economics, public policy, and education
- Acquire critical skills in statistical, qualitative, and quantitative research methods
- Develop fluency in speaking and writing about the environment
- Design a focus area around a critical environmental issue or scientific problem
- Complete an integrative senior project
Honors and CapstonesView Honors website
All concentrators, whether completing an AB or an ScB, must undertake a Senior Capstone, which consists of a two-semester Senior Thesis, a one-semester research experience, or an Honors Thesis. At the conclusion of the sixth semester, students who have a grade point average of at least 3.3 in the concentration may apply for Honors. Applications should be made before the end of the seventh semester. To be approved for Honors a student must identify two thesis readers in addition to the student’s primary faculty advisor. Please see program's website for a complete description of admission procedures and program requirements.
This concentration allows you to address the following Liberal Learning goals:
- Expand your reading skills
- Collaborate fully
- Engage with your community
- Experience scientific inquiry
- Evaluate human behavior
- Work on your speaking and writing
The majority of graduates with an Sc.B. or A.B. in Environmental Studies are now active in environmental professions or are furthering their studies of environmental fields. Many have pursued graduate degrees in law, public policy, business administration, education, and public health, as well as doctoral degrees in fields ranging from economics to oceanography and pathology. Visit the Environmental Studies website for more information.
Dept. Undergraduate Group
- Bridgette Black
- Danielle Breakell