Independent Study Requirements

There are six ENVS courses that may be used to fulfill the Undergraduate ENVS Major Independent Study Requirement (at least 4 credit hours required).  See options below. All courses are permission-only and require a signed application form to enroll. Normally taken in the Senior year.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINES

APPLICATION FOR ENROLLING IN AN INDEPENDENT STUDY:

1. Courses are open only via interview and application with instructor.
2. For ENVS 494, 498, 499 an ENVS Independent Study contract form, signed by faculty instructor, is required for enrollment. Forms are available in the ENVS Department, Math & Science E510. See Internship Program information below for ENVS 497.
3. Students are responsible for enrolling in the correct number of credit hours, as approved in their contract form, for the semester.

DEADLINES FOR ENROLLMENT:

FALL semster: Last day of classes in the previous spring semester

SPRING semester: Last day of classes in the previous fall semester

ENVS 497 Internship approval deadline is June 1.

QUESTIONS regarding enrollment? Please contact the ENVS Undergraduate Coordinator Katie Green (katie.green@emory.edu)

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1) Service Learning Course (ENVS 491)

Generally offered each spring, this course allows students to combine classroom learning on a topic with community engagement with a local organization. The instructor and class topic vary each year. Find details in the course atlas and contact the Internship Coordinator (contact info below) for a details and a permission number to enroll.

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2) Individual Research (ENVS 494)

In this individual research class, student research projects are developed and completed with one-to-one ENVS faculty guidance. This course is intended for students who have not taken ENVS 299, ENVS 399 or similar individual research classes. Interview with and permission of instructor and completed ENVS Individual Study contract form, signed by faculty instructor, are required for enrollment. ENVS majors only. Fulfills Independent Study Requirement for ENVS majors (4 credit hours required).

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3) Honors Research (ENVS 495)

See Honors Program for more information on eligibility and application requirements.

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4) Internships (ENVS 497R)

ENVS recommends environmentally-based internships for those students who want to gain hands-on, practical experience in their area of interest. Internships can be paid or unpaid, local or international; they can last just a few weeks in the summer or extend over an entire semester. They can be approved for academic credit or just utilized as a means of adding to a skill set. In order to promote professionalization experiences, internships should be off the Emory campus and unrelated to Emory organizations. At least half of all internship hours should be completed in person, in the organizational setting (not through distance contact via telephone or internet).

Completing both an internship and the classroom component fulfills this requirement. Internship credit is only available to ENVS majors. It is wise to consult with the Internship Coordinator before applying for the ENVS credit, to ensure that the internship is a good fit for this option. You must apply for ENVS credit prior to beginning the internship.

Click Here for Comprehensive Details About Internship Experience (application, checklists, finding an internship, examples of internship opportunities)

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5) Individual Directed Reading (ENVS 498)

This course allows students to work individually with a faculty member to explore subjects of mutual interest on specific topics not normally offered in courses at Emory. A completed ENVS Independent Study contract form, signed by the faculty instructor, is required for enrollment. Students are responsible for enrolling in the correct number of credit hours, as approved in their contract form, for the semester. With permission of faculty instructor, students may register for a writing intensive section. ENVS Majors only. May be used to fulfill ENVS Independent Study requirement (4 credit hours required).

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6) Advanced Independent Research (ENVS 499)

PRE-REQUISITE: ENVS 399

Advanced independent research conducted under the direction of an ENVS faculty member.

ENVS Majors only.

Note: With approval from faculty instructor, students may register for a writing-intensive section (ENVS 499RWR). Pre-req: ENVS 399.

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