Enviromental Studies, Independent Study, Research and Department Honors

Student conducting plankton samples.

Plankton sampling

Students majoring in environmental science or environmental studies are encouraged to pursue independent study and independent research. Students who pursue independent research and meet other criteria described in this document may be awarded departmental honors at graduation.

View a list of Student Independent Research Topics

The procedures for pursuing independent study and independent research are presented below, along with the criteria for being awarded departmental honors at graduation.

This policy applies only to sophomores, juniors, and seniors. First year students who wish to pursue independent study or research should see the college policy on "Independent Study and Research for Freshman" in the College Bulletin.

Up to two courses in independent study and/or research may count towards the focus cluster, as long as they also meet the focus cluster criteria, established by the Department. Students also have the option of completing a research experience for transcript notation.