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Environmental Program Handbook

“The Colorado College Environmental Program faculty and students contribute to an enhanced understanding of environmental issues in the American West and beyond through scholarly work in the classroom and field.  To meet this objective, we seek a fundamental understanding of environmental processes, systems analysis, systems thinking, and the political and economic issues inherent in environmental management.”

Effective February 2012


The Colorado College Environmental Program prepares majors to understand their connection to the environment, acquire the skills to explore scientific and human interrelationships in the global ecosystem, and pursue interdisciplinary approaches to problem solving. We offer two majors in the program: Environmental Science and Environmental Policy.  In addition, we offer disciplinary tracks in Environmental Science: Integrated, Chemistry, and Physics. We also offer a thematic Environmental Issues minor.

Graduates of the Colorado College Environmental Program…

  1. Will have a rigorous intellectual foundation in cross-disciplinary environmental issues, leading to advanced study in environmental science and/or policy.
  2. Will have demonstrated competence in reading and critically evaluating environmental literature (science, policy, economics, ethics, etc.) in understanding environmental problems as complex systems.
  3. Will have demonstrated effective oral and written communication skills.
  4. Will have the necessary quantitative and qualitative reasoning skills to critically analyze current research on environmental issues from scientific, political, economic, and/or societal perspectives.
  5. Will have demonstrated practical lab and field experience beyond the classroom through scientific or socioeconomic research.
  6. Will have demonstrated the capacity to understand how local and regional environmental processes interact globally with environmental systems.

This student handbook will answer many questions Environmental Program majors have concerning requirements, suggested courses, research, meetings, and the numerous opportunities in the program.  For complete guidance, please meet with your advisor, watch the bulletin boards, attend the majors’ meetings, attend seminars, and check your Worner Center mailbox and e-mail. 

Ultimately it is your responsibility to know all departmental and college requirements and regulations. Please carefully review the following materials several times throughout your college career, and please ask if any information or policy is unclear. 

The Environmental Program includes coursework in Environmental Science and Policy.  The Environmental Science major includes an integrated major with an interdisciplinary focus, as well as disciplinary tracks in Environmental Physics and Environmental Chemistry.  The Environmental Policy major offers an integrated environmental major with emphasis on Political Science and Economics.  All majors include three common interdisciplinary “capstone sequence” courses:  Environmental Inquiry, Environmental Management and Environmental Synthesis.

Scheduling courses for both majors requires careful planning with your major advisor.  If you are considering majoring in Environmental Science or Policy, speak with any of the program faculty listed below.

Environmental Program Faculty Advisors

Director, Miro Kummel, Environmental Program

Environmental Science

Miroslav Kummel (, Environmental Program

Rebecca Barnes (, Environmental Program

Lynne Gratz (, Environmental Program

Howard Drossman (, Education

Eric Leonard (, Geology

Henry Fricke (, Geology

Marc Snyder (, Biology

Shane Heschel (, Biology

Barbara Whitten  (, Physics

Shane Burns (, Physics

Jane McDougall (, Mathematics

Mike Siddoway (, Mathematics

Mike Taber (, Education

Environmental Policy

Phillip Kannan (, Environmental Program 

Jean Lee (, Environmental Program

Eric Perramond (, Southwest Studies and Environmental Program

Marion Hourdequin (, Philosophy

Andrew Price-Smith (, Political Science

Corina McKendry (, Political Science

Wade Roberts (, Sociology

Environmental Issues Thematic Minor

Shane Burns (, Physics

Marion Hourdequin (, Philosophy

Additional Environmental Faculty:

Mark Smith (, Economics 

David Mason (, English

Susan Ashley (, History 

David Brown, (, Math 

Jonathan Lee (, John Riker (, Rick Furtak (, Philosophy

Jeff Noblett (, Geology

Scheduling Courses for an Environmental Program Major

In most cases the system will allow you to sign up for a course if you do not have the listed prerequisites.  The instructor may check to make sure you have all prerequisites, and ask you to take another class if you have not taken them before the block begins.  Having the appropriate prerequisites is very important in EV courses. You must plan ahead to be prepared.  The EV Director usually knows the block schedule before the registration process begins.  Check with the program office (Tutt Sci 130A) or website for copies of the upcoming academic schedule.

Plan on taking all the required courses for the major.  If you are transferring courses from another institution (e.g., study abroad program), you must petition the EV program faculty for credit after you have completed the course(s). Keep in mind that poor planning does not justify exemption from taking all required courses for the major.  

Bypass Exams for Introductory Courses

Some introductory courses can be replaced with AP or IB credit from high school.  Many individual science departments have placement exams for introductory courses as well.  Placing out of Chemistry 107 for example gives you a prerequisite for taking EV212 but does not give you a block of credit on your transcript.  Other courses in the major that may receive AP or IB credit include MA126 Calculus, MA117 Statistics, EC151 Microeconomics, and EC152 Macroeconomics. In order to receive replacement for pre-requisites or credit for major courses, you must petition the EV faculty for approval. 

Petitioning the EV Faculty for Course Credit

Students wishing to petition the EV Faculty for course credit must submit a list of courses, a rationale for receiving the credit, and course syllabi (and occasionally examples of relevant work, such as papers) as part of the petition. Your major advisor must first approve the petition. Your advisor will then submit your petition to the EV Program faculty at their next scheduled meeting for a formal vote. 

Study and Research at Other Institutions

Students wishing to study abroad must follow the CC study abroad guidelines.  Students need to obtain the signature of their EV advisor and the EV Director as part of the study abroad application process.  There are no upfront guarantees for EV credit prior to the start of the study abroad program. All majors must petition the EV faculty for any credit upon completion of the program.  Students are encouraged to attend CC approved programs for environmentally related coursework.

Off-campus research projects completed in such programs as the Woods Hole Ecosystems Center, the ACM Costa Rica:  Field Research in the Environment, Social Sciences & Humanities, a Hughes Undergraduate Research Program (HURP) grant-supported research at another institution, or other approved research experience at a laboratory or field station may be used for the research on which a senior thesis is based. Students should be aware, however, that sometimes research supervision in these programs is inadequate and they could end their off-campus program without having obtained suitable data for a senior thesis. Students must submit their research prospectus to their research advisor prior to off-campus research experience. When the student returns to CC after finishing the off-campus research, the primary thesis advisor will judge whether the results of the student’s off-campus research project is worthy of a senior thesis. Students are additionally cautioned that the actual writing of the senior thesis based on off-campus research must be done by working closely with the CC EV Program faculty member who has agreed to be the student’s primary research advisor. In this case the primary thesis advisor supervises the data analysis and writing of the thesis, rather than supervising the actual research.

Senior Thesis Information and Guidelines

Independent research is a valuable part of your Colorado College education, requiring significant planning and effort for its successful completion. You have three options available as the Capstone experience for Environmental Program seniors:  Senior Thesis (EV 499), Senior Paper (EV 420), or Environmental Synthesis (EV 421).  In all cases you will be expected to collect and synthesize data on an environmental issue or system, complete a comprehensive written report, and present your final results to the department either in class or in the Environmental Seminar (EV 490). You must have a GPA in the Environmental Program major of 3.3 to be eligible to do a thesis.

Thesis Timeline

Date Action
Blocks 5-6, Junior Year Students are encouraged to meet with prospective advisors among the Environmental Program faculty and develop three researchable topics and identify project logistics and time-line, including potential funding sources for conducting the research.  Students can identify prospective advisors according to their research interests listed on the EV Program web site and/or attending the all-juniors meeting in Block 5. Students should begin applying for funding if they intend to do summer research: REU, Student Faculty Collaborative Research grants, Venture grants, etc.
Third Monday of Block 7  The declaration of intent is due (for EV499).  This is not a formal form, but a statement from you declaring your intent to produce a senior thesis.  You should include several paragraphs containing the prospective title for your thesis, the type of research to be done, any budgetary issues, including where your funds are coming from (Note:  the Environmental Program does not fund student thesis work, including lab supplies.  You must have other sources for your expenses.), and your projected hypothesis.  Also included must be the names and signatures of your two readers.  If you expect to be using the EV labs, you must also have the signature of the EV Technical Director.  
 First Friday, Block 8 (Optional)  Any student wishing to conduct their thesis over the summer should submit their thesis prospectus by the first Friday of Block 8 of their Junior year. EV Thesis faculty, Technical Director, and EV Program Director will meet during the second week of block 8 to approve thesis prospectus submissions.  Students going abroad in Fall of Senior Year and wishing to use the abroad experience as part of their thesis must submit a thesis prospectus by first Friday of Block 8, junior year.
 Second Monday of Block 1, Senior year

Final deadline for formal submission of research prospectus.  The prospectus form can be found on the EV web-site.  The prospectus form and accompanying pages of information must be submitted to the EV Staff Assistant no later than 3:00PM on the second Monday of Block 1 of your Senior year.  Late submissions will not be accepted.

You should discuss this form with your two thesis readers so they can adequately defend your thesis to the faculty.  If you do not discuss your thesis with the readers, they may not understand your thesis work and it might not be accepted.

 Second Week of Block 1 During the second (or third) week of Block 1 the EV Thesis Faculty, Program Director and the EV Technical Director will meet to discuss the prospectuses and approve those that meet acceptable criteria.  Students submitting the prospectus form will be notified within 48 hours of this meeting if their thesis was approved.
Thesis Blocks Students will typically need two blocks in their senior year in addition to summer research to complete a thesis. Students should schedule these such that their advisor will be available to meet with them and provide feedback throughout the process. 
Senior Seminars Senior seminars will typically occur throughout the winter and spring. Thesis students will present their work to the department in 15 minute oral presentations with 5 minutes for questions. Students must give oral presentations to be considered for honors. 
Last Day of Block 7, Senior Year Final thesis submission due. Students must submit the thesis to the library through DigitalCC. In addition, students must deliver a final print copy to the EV program office with a title page signed by both readers. 



  • A significant change in the thesis project during the senior year will require submission of a new prospectus to the EV Thesis Faculty for approval.  The thesis advisor and EV Technical Director must approve all budget changes. 
  • Students must schedule use of lab and field equipment with the EV Technical Director. You will be held responsible for any damaged or missing equipment.
  • The final document requires two signatures, the faculty thesis readers. 

Environmental Science and Policy Thesis Rubric


Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4


no clear rationale or a weak rationale for the project 

some rationale presented, begins to motivate the work 

provides and discusses a suitable rationale 

persuasive and creative rationale 

Dealing with Complexity in Framing Topic 

frames complex questions as simple ones

invests question with some complexity, may over-simplify or over-extend 

reasonable balance between focus and complexity 

frames the topic with a full appreciation of its complexity while retaining appropriate focus 


approach not clear what was done or why, or an inappropriate method

approach is generally appropriate and properly executed 

clearly described and justified, well-chosen and appropriate, and well-executed 

creative and sophisticated methods

Scholarly Context 

author does not demonstrate awareness of the scholarly literature, may over-rely on too few sources 

author demonstrates a reasonable awareness of the literature 


author demonstrates broad awareness and situates own work within the literature 

author does these things and makes a contribution to the field, or identifies a new direction for investigation 


does not take a clear or defensible position or draw a clear conclusion 

clearly describes, or begins to support/test/extend/ critique a position that is already in the literature 

thoroughly and effectively supports, tests, extends, or critiques a position that is already in the literature

develops a clear and defensible position of his/her own, draws a significant conclusion 


weak, invalid, or no argument, perhaps a simple assertion  

some arguments valid and well supported, some not 

main arguments valid, systematic, and well supported  

arguments both well supported and genuinely compared to conflicting explanations 

Use of Data/

draws on little or no evidence, mostly relies on assertions or opinions, or evidence not clearly presented 

some appropriate use of evidence but uneven

feasible evidence appropriately selected and not over-interpreted 

fully exploits the richness of the data and/or evidence/ideas, and is sufficiently persuasive 

Insight, Seeing Patterns and Connections 

treats related ideas or data as unrelated, or draws weak or simplistic connections 

begins to establish connections and perceive implications of the material

brings together related data or ideas in productive ways, thoroughly discusses implications of material 

develops insightful connections and patterns that require intellectual creativity 

Usage, Grammar and Spelling 

significantly impairs readability 

frequent or serious errors

some minor errors 

virtually no errors 


needs significant reorganization  

structure is of inconsistent quality, may have choppy transitions and/or redundancies or disconnections 

structure supports the argument, clearly ordered sections fit together well

structure enhances the argument, strong sections and seamless flow 

Clarity, Style, 
Readability (as appropriate to disciplines)  

gets in the way of reading for content 

beginning to be comfortable with appropriate conventions, style is inconsistent or uneven 

effective prose style, follows relevant scholarly conventions, emergence of voice 

mastery of the genre, including elegant style, established voice  

The option of undertaking a senior thesis must be initiated by the student and approved by an EV Program faculty member (primary research advisor), who will supervise the student's research and senior thesis.  If the research is performed at another institution under direction of an off-campus advisor, the student must still have an on-campus advisor and reader.  In addition, another faculty member (who may be in another CC department if the area of research falls under the other faculty member's area of expertise) must agree to act as a secondary advisor. Faculty members may decline to be thesis advisors because of other commitments. The primary and secondary research advisors comprise the thesis committee. The thesis committee will establish the format and requirements of the research and thesis, read and suggest revisions in the thesis, and can recommend whether the thesis is of sufficient quality to qualify for Graduation With Distinction. 

Ideally, the decision to write a senior thesis should be made in the fall of the Junior year, so that the spring of the Junior year may be devoted to a survey of the literature and planning for the research. The research itself should begin by the following summer. Work on the writing of the research must begin by the fall of the Senior year. The senior thesis is based on original research done by the student. A literature review, although a necessary part of a senior thesis, is not in itself considered to be a thesis.

To best complete your senior research project, you must (1) develop a comprehensive research proposal to be submitted to your faculty advisor and project mentor; (2) complete the data collection and analysis well in advance of your final thesis block; and (3) present your completed research to the entire department (EV490). 

Planning Your Senior Research

To help you plan your senior thesis or independent study project, EV juniors should meet with the EV faculty to learn about available research projects, research opportunities outside the college, and available student grants (e.g., Venture Grants, REU fellowships). By the late Spring of your junior year, a student should have a project organized and a summer research plan completed. 

The first week of Block 8, students intending to write a senior thesis should submit a research proposal to the EV faculty. This proposal must include:

  1. A summary of the research problem, describing its scientific merit and relevance to the EV major. 
  2. The hypothesis tested by your research. What specific problem will your work address? 
  3. A work plan for field, lab, or library research, including site selection, field observations, lab analyses, and required materials.
  4. A work schedule for the timely completion of all field observations, lab measurements, and statistical analyses.  

The proposal must be submitted in order to complete a senior thesis or independent study project. All research proposals must be reviewed and accepted by the EV faculty in order to receive credit for EV 499 (no exceptions).  

Funding Your Senior Research

Travel and other research expenses can be significant, and students are encouraged to seek internal or external funding to cover these costs. Many students apply to the CC Venture Grant program in order to fund their senior research. If you are preparing an application, submit Venture Grant proposals to the appropriate faculty advisor at least two weeks prior to the proposal deadline. This will provide adequate time to review and revise your application. In addition to travel costs, you must accurately budget for laboratory or field consumables required to complete the research.  Please contact the EV Technical Director for updated prices on laboratory consumables. Though the EV Program sometimes has restricted funds available for summer research projects, the program does not have funds budgeted specifically to support senior thesis travel or lab supplies.

Other funding sources include Student Faculty Collaborative Research grants awarded through the Dean's Office, which fund summer research with CC faculty, and the Grant Lyddon Foundation for EV student-faculty collaborations.

Completing Your Senior Thesis or Independent Research

Students in Environmental Science generally require a minimum of two blocks to complete their thesis research project. The first block (EV 307 or EV 407) may include laboratory measurements, final field observations, and statistical analyses.  The second block (EV 499) primarily entails writing, and you will turn in the final thesis no later than the last day of classes for Block 7

For the successful completion of your lab and field-work, you might require EV equipment.  All equipment must be checked out prior to use and immediately returned in good condition. Please do not take materials from the field storage closet or laboratories without communicating (1) who you are; (2) what you have taken; (3) where you have taken it; and (4) when it will be returned. Please do not take tools or other hardware for personal projects. You must contact the Technical Director to check out any materials.

Students are financially liable for portable field and lab equipment, such as GPS units, digital cameras, tree corers, and measurement tapes. If the equipment is clearly abused or lost, the student must pay the replacement cost. 

Students must also comply with the EV lab policies and be instructed in lab safety before starting a laboratory research project. This includes the Mobile Lab, air monitoring station, or any other EV facility. Lab safety instruction in Chemistry or other EV courses does not fulfill this requirement; the student must meet with the EV Technical Director to review lab policies. Repeated violation of EV lab policies will result in the loss of lab privileges. The student must then make new arrangements to fulfill their senior requirements. Research must be coordinated with lab use by other students and courses. If possible, please avoid lab use during Blocks 5 and 8, where heavy course use is expected.  

Submitting the Senior Thesis

By the last day of Block 7, Senior year, a final, clean, and professional-looking original of the thesis, signed by the thesis committee (on a title page as shown in Appendix I of this handbook) must be turned in to the EV academic assistant. By signing, the thesis advisors have judged that the written thesis meets the standards of quality as set forth by the Environmental Program faculty. It is customary to give each advisor a copy of the thesis. 

The thesis format must comply with the guidelines established by the Tutt Library and the Environmental Program. The latest library guidelines can be viewed at:

Here the key issues are reviewed, but you should double-check these guidelines prior to writing your thesis. 

Theses should be double-spaced on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper. The margins should be: 1 inch at top, bottom, and right side, and 1-1/2 inches on the left side for binding purposes. The font size should be 12 pt. Times New Roman. Citations should be written out in full rather than enumerated (e.g., Jones, 1998), and the bibliography should follow the Harvard scientific style format. 

You must submit your thesis to the library through DigitalCC, as well as deliver an original printed copy to the Environmental Program. 

Each thesis must have a title page stating author, title, department, and graduation date (see Appendix I for a sample). Lengthy titles will be printed up to the colon or the first 65 characters (the maximum number of characters allowed by the bindery). Each copy of your thesis should be placed in a manila folder to protect it during processing. Every thesis must also have a Thesis Bindery Information Form attached to it, available at the Tutt Library or from the EV staff assistant.

Presenting Your Senior Thesis Research 

In addition to the written senior thesis, a student must make a high quality oral presentation of the thesis research and results. This presentation will be during the Environmental Program EV Day or senior seminars (see below). The presentation is prepared under the supervision of at least one EV faculty member who is also part of the thesis committee. Normally the oral presentation advisor is also the primary research advisor for the senior thesis, unless circumstances dictate otherwise. The student's oral presentation advisor will help the student fit the presentation into the time available for the seminars, make suggestions about organization and the preparation of slides, and help set the level of the talk appropriate for the CC audience. The talk must be a well-planned, rehearsed, understandable, and professional presentation of scholarly work. Students who do off-campus research as a basis for their senior thesis are cautioned that they must work closely with their CC presentation advisor to prepare their talk, even if they have orally presented the results previously as part of their off-campus research experience. This will help ensure the presentation meets the EV Program’s standards of quality.

Senior Seminar Requirement

As a graduation requirement, each senior must complete EV 490, Senior Seminar (0 credits). Majors must sign up EV490 for two consecutive semesters while in residence prior to graduation. 

EV Program Seminars

Throughout the academic year, there are EV sponsored seminars. These include major’s meetings, thesis presentations, Linnemann and Robert’s Lectures, State of the Rockies presentations and many other environmentally related presentations.  All majors signed up for EV490 must attend EV sponsored seminars in order to receive a “pass” for the seminar requirement. Seniors completing a thesis and graduating in December must present their research orally in either Block 3 or 4.  December seniors are not required to participate in EV Day (see below), but are strongly encouraged to do so if available.

EV Day - Block 8

Starting Block 8, 2009, the Environmental Program will have an “EV Day,” where students present their senior thesis and/or EV421 Projects.  Sophomores and juniors in EV are also encouraged to present research or internship experiences they may have completed during the previous year.  EV Day presentations will follow a similar format found in many professional society annual meetings. 

Senior paper presentations may be either presented in an oral session or in a poster session. Students striving for distinction in EV are strongly encouraged to present their research in an oral session.  Oral sessions are 15 minutes with 5 minutes for questions. Non-seniors and those not seeking distinction may present a poster during EV Day.  Posters are of professional quality and of approximately 36” x 42” in size. You will be given guidance and a template to help you create a poster; please see the EV Technical Director for details. 

Details regarding EV Day will be presented in the Block 6 major’s meeting. 

Environmental Program Senior Honor Awards

Three Environmental Program Honor Awards are presented each year at Honors Convocation.  Nominations are accepted from EV Faculty.

  • Outstanding Senior Academic Award in Environmental Science and Outstanding Senior Award in Environmental Policy. This award is provided to honor that student showing unusual academic excellence as well as a strong commitment to environmental science.
  • Distinguished Service Award in Environmental Program. This award is given to that senior (or sometimes junior) who has given exemplary service to the program and community and who also shows unusual promise to go on in the field.

Life Beyond Colorado College

EV students have been very successful in various endeavors following college, including employment in the private and non-profit sectors, graduate study, travel abroad, and many other pursuits. To consider the opportunities beyond Colorado College, you should discuss your interests with the EV faculty, visit the Career Center, and read the alumni news on the EV web page. The transition between structured academics (e.g., classes, dorms, events) and the “real world” can be challenging at first, and you’re strongly encouraged to use all available CC resources to chart your next direction, whether that be an organic farm in Italy or research at Los Alamos National Laboratory. 

Application to Graduate Schools

Graduate study offers many stimulating and important opportunities following college. Now is the time to explore your interests and learn the exciting, new directions in a particular field(s). You should also consider your motivation for future research and teaching in environmental science. Would you be better suited to a two-year master’s program or a five-year (or more) doctorate program?  Both have their advantages in the current marketplace. For example, a two-year engineering program might open more doors in the private sector than a six-year natural science program, but the latter is nearly required in the academic sector. 

What programs should you consider? Appendix II lists several excellent programs in Environmental Science, but you should also talk with your advisor and research various programs on the Internet. 

Graduate programs generally require applications to be submitted in early or late fall. When you have narrowed your interests, seek the best available program and correspond with the faculty who best match your interests. Ask about the academic program, their current research interests, and available funding (graduate students are expensive, considering their annual stipend, tuition, and benefits). If possible, visit the school before your application is submitted, so you can discuss the program and research with the faculty, graduate students, and postdocs.  Professional meetings (e.g., the American Geophysical Union, the Ecological Society of America, or the Geological Society of America) are also very useful for meeting many individuals in several academic programs. 

Carefully discuss your future advisor with the other graduate students so you can best gauge your graduate school experience. Are the current students happy with their decision? Would they repeat their graduate experience? Are there adequate resources to complete the research projects? Better to walk away from a program or nefarious advisor BEFORE you start the graduate program, so careful research is well-advised.  

Letters of Recommendation

Graduate programs, summer research programs, and prospective employers will likely ask you to submit letters of recommendation. As a courtesy to the EV faculty, please use the following guidelines:

  1. Select a faculty member who is very familiar with your work and its high quality. You might have had the faculty member in more than one course and completed independent research under their supervision. 
  2. Provide a written and signed request to the faculty member, including the proper forms, addresses, recipient names, and deadlines. Include a summary of the position and your qualification for it. 
  3. Submit the request at least two weeks prior to the deadline. Faculty members that are too busy will let you know you must ask someone else to write you a letter.  Late Winter and early Spring is a very busy time for letter requests so the sooner you ask the more likely a faculty member will not have too many other requests.
  4. Provide addressed, stamped envelopes for the completed forms. 

A thoughtful letter of recommendation requires significant consideration, so be sure to thank the faculty member for their limited time. 

The Graduate Record Exam

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) should be taken in the Fall prior to your graduate school admission, as the scores must be sent with the application package (more information is available at The GRE consists of both a general exam and a subject test depending on your field of specialization (Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, and Psychology). You are encouraged to take the two tests on separate days, and first check with your prospective graduate program whether the subject test is required. 

Additional Program Information

Senior Thesis and Graduation with Distinction in Environmental Program

The Environmental Program faculty recognize the educational benefits for any student of doing original research and presenting it in writing and orally. A Senior EV major who (1) completes a high quality senior thesis; (2) presents it orally at the Environmental Program EV Day or in senior seminars; and (3) has a high grade point average will receive Graduation With Distinction. All three requirements must be met for distinction. This honor will be recorded on the student’s official transcript and noted on the commencement program at graduation. If a student meets the senior thesis and presentation requirements but does not have a high enough grade point average, the successful completion of the senior thesis requirements will be included on the student’s transcript under EV 499 Senior Thesis.

Undergraduate Opportunities

The availability of research opportunities, internships, and careers in Environmental Science and Policy is constantly changing. Many individual positions are sent to the department every year, and you are encouraged to check the bulletin boards outside the faculty offices for new postings. 

EV Program Alcohol and Drug Policy

The Environmental Program follows the College’s alcohol and drug policy both on campus and field trips. According to the 2005 policy, “The unlawful use, possession, distribution, manufacture, or dispensing of illicit drugs or alcohol is prohibited on Colorado College property or as part of any of the college’s activities…Disciplinary sanctions for the violation of this policy by an employee may include, but are not limited to, reprimand, reassignment, demotion, suspension, or termination of employment. Disciplinary sanctions for students may include, but are not limited to, disciplinary warning, probation, suspension, or expulsion.” (2007 Pathfinder). 

This policy will be strictly enforced on EV Program field trips.  Students and employees are expected to conduct their activities in a socially responsible manner as representatives of Colorado College. If a student or students violate this policy, the instructor will return the individuals to campus by their own means of transportation. Students will be expected to follow federal, state, and local laws regarding alcohol and drug use, including their consequences if violated. 

EV Program Field Trip Policy

Field trips offer a unique learning experience in the Environmental Program, and students are expected to behave responsibly during each trip. Please leave a positive image of CC and EV at each campsite, hostel, or place the department visits (we want to be invited back). Please show respect to field speakers and guests, even though you may not necessarily agree with their ideas or positions. Some field trips may be physically demanding, so please inform your instructor if you have a physical limitation, food allergy, or any health concerns. 

The intensity of living together with faculty and other students can be challenging, and you are encouraged to recreate, study, and reflect during your time off.  Please show respect for other students and local residents despite the close quarters. Finally, a helping hand is always appreciated and will often be required; don’t hesitate to help with cooking, cleaning, and packing during your EV field trips. 

Course Evaluations

To improve the Environmental Science and Policy curriculum, students are strongly encouraged to provide evaluations of both courses and faculty. Instructors will ask for course evaluations at the end of the block, using your suggestions to improve course materials or structure. You may also receive a mailed request for an evaluation of a specific professor under third year or tenure and promotion review. Please take adequate time to provide thoughtful and candid answers to the review questions; any responses are greatly appreciated, however brief. 


Appendix I: Sample Thesis Title Page    

Have Migration Rates Affected Economic Growth in Portugal?


A Thesis

Presented to

The Faculty of the Environmental Program

The Colorado College


In Partial Fulfillment of the

Requirements for the Degree

Bachelor of Arts



Jane Doe

April 2009


Date _________________________

Approved by:


Primary Thesis Advisor (Name)


Secondary Thesis Advisor (Name)


Appendix II: Example Graduate Programs in Environmental Studies

The following is a partial list of Environmental Science graduate programs to get you started on a program search. Many similar lists are available on the Internet, such as a current compilation at Western Washington University by Virginia Stone:




Arizona State University


Center for Environmental Studies and

Institute for Sustainability





PO Box 873211
Arizona State University
Tempe AZ 85287-3211
(480) 965-2975


Boston University

The Center for Energy and Environmental Studies




675 Commonwealth Avenue, Rm. 141
Boston, MA 02215

(617) 353-3083


Brown University

Center for Environmental Studies




135 Angell St.

Providence, RI  02912



Columbia University


Earth and Environmental Sciences

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory




61 Rte. 9W
P.O. Box 1000
Palisades, NY 10964

(845) 365-8633


Colorado State University

Programs are offered in Forest Science, Atmospheric Science, Ecology, and many other fields 


Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
(970) 491-6909

Harvard University

Department of Public Health, Center for Global Health and the Environment, Environment and Natural Resources Program, many others


HSPH Landmark Center, Box 15677
401 Park Drive West
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 384-8822

Stanford University

Stanford Institute for the Environment





Encina Modular C, 429 Arguello Way
Stanford, CA 94305-6030
(650) 725-5778


University of California, Berkeley

Program in Environmental Law, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Energy and Resources Group


Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
137 Mulford Hall #3114
Berkeley, CA 94720-3114
(510) 643-7430

University of Colorado, Boulder

School of Law, Department of Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences


Environmental Studies Graduate Program
Campus Box 397
Boulder, Colorado 80309-0397
(303) 492-5478

Yale University

School of Forestry and Environmental Studies


205 Prospect Street
New Haven, CT  06511
(203) 432-5100

Duke University

School of Forestry and Nicholas School of Environment and Earth Sciences


Duke University
Durham, NC.  27708
(919) 684-8111