Senior Thesis

Students are encouraged to conduct research with professors in the program and to have conversations with prospective faculty advisers about their research ideas. A senior thesis is normally a two-semester project, often involving work during the summer after your junior year (or before). To do a thesis, students register for Senior Thesis (ENVS 4951 and ENVS 4952) during the senior year, and work with their faculty thesis adviser to submit a course contract by the drop/add date each semester. Students with a GPA of 3.4 in major and 3.3 overall, at the beginning of their senior year, qualify for the Senior Honors Thesis (ENVS 4961 and 4962). To do an honors thesis students provide a course contract and a thesis proposal (1-3 pages) to the Environmental Studies Associate Director, Tara Pisani Gareau, between the end of your junior year and the drop-add date in the fall semester. In the spring of senior year the completed honors thesis, signed by the faculty research adviser, is due to the Environmental Studies faculty committee by April 20. Theses that meet these requirements would normally meet the Program Honors requirements. Honors will be awarded upon successful completion of a thesis based on the proposed research project as evaluated by the faculty thesis adviser, approval of the thesis. and the candidate’s academic record by the Environmental Studies faculty committee.

Students can also write a senior thesis under the Arts and Sciences Honors and Scholar of the College programs.