Students in the minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies take a capstone course that allows them to develop a research paper that also qualifies for immersion credit.  The course also provides a detailed overview of the major concepts in environmental and sustainability studies.  The capstone paper can be used in subsequent applications to graduate school.  The following is a list of some of the titles of previous papers.

Conservation and Natural Resources

  • Natural Hybridization as a Tool to Protect Biodiversity in the Wild
  • Pursuing the Perpetual in a Temporal World: An Analysis of Conservation Easement Law and Implementation in the United States
  • Does the Pacific Ocean Hold the Answer to California’s Water Woes? An Analysis of Drought Strategies in Northern and Southern California cities
  • A Breath of Fresh Air: Case Studies of Hypoxia and Regional Environmental Governance
  • A Fishy Epidemic: Sea Lice and Disease Mitigation in Salmon Aquaculture


Business and Organizations

  • Greening In Wisdom: Denominational Differences and Sustainability in 36 Christian Colleges
  • Regulation of Endocrine Disrupters in Cosmetics: The Price of Beauty
  • Grool(s)!: Why Green Schools are Great and Cool
  • Knights in Green Armor: Technology Giants and Environmental Initiatives that Protect Them
  • Why Do Hospitals Go Green? An Analysis of the Impact of Hospital Type on the Motivations Behind Green Initiatives
  • What do you Mean by “Business as Usual”? A Comparative Analysis of Corporate Sustainability Models
  • Ecotourism in Developing Countries: A Sustainable Alternative or a False Hope?


Development and Justice

  • From Victimhood to Empowerment: The Material and Social Benefits of Female Participation in Climate Adaptation
  • Inequalities rising with the waves: global perspectives on climate justice
  • The City that Care Forgot: Environmental Injustice and Corruption in New Orleans Landfills



  • Renewable Portfolio Standards: How they survive rollback attempts in red states
  • The Power of Rules: Regulation of Electrical Grids (and the Renewable Energy Transition)
  • Sunny Horizons from Dreary Politics: How looking past net metering resolves utility vs. solar policy conflict
  • Analyzing Variance in Solar Policy Outcomes in the Southeast U.S.


Food and Agriculture

  • Blue States, Red States, Green Food: Sustainable Dining on University and College Campuses
  • Expanding the Constitutionality Arguments against Ag-Gag Law
  • Strengthen the Beat without the Meat: A Comparison of Plant-Based Diets on Heart Health
  • Assessing the Green Revolution: An Evaluation of Consequences and Alternatives
  • Products and Food: Industry Differences in Triple Bottom Line Practices
  • Growing Grassroots Gardens: The Impact of Organizational Structure on Implementation and Integration of Community Gardens
  • Footprinting Food: Toward a Regionally Based LCA
  • Addressing Agricultural Pesticide Use in Developing Asian Nations
  • NAFTA and Mexico: The Harms of Industrial Agricultural Development in Pork and Corn Sectors


Media and the Arts

  • Gender, Technology, Culture, and Environmental Messaging in Studio Ghibli and Disney Animated Film
  • Sustainability in the Film-Making Industry
  • Why So Serious?: Using Humor as a Tool in Environmental Films
  • Cautionary Tales: Comparing Themes in Eco-Apocalyptic Film
  • Framing Public Perceptions: Political Biases and Exclusion in
  • Environmental Media Coverage
  • Greening of Live Music – Conservation, Content and Concerts



  • Wheels to a Green World: An Analysis of Successful Biking Programs in the US
  • Are We There Yet? The Relationship between Public Transit, Sustainable Development and Social Equity
  • Work smarter, not harder: relating level of economic development to smart transportation technology
  • Bridging Cities: Comparing Infrastructure Development in Industrializing Asian Megacities