Department of Earth, Environmental & Planetary Sciences

Undergraduate Courses

DEEPS courses are uniquely suited to providing in-depth, hands-on learning opportunities about the natural world. Everything students discuss in class exists just outside the classroom.

Our faculty offer courses sharing their expertise and enthusiasm for earth, environmental, and planetary sciences with DEEPS concentrators and non-concentrators alike. These courses can be an enjoyable and meaningful part of a liberal arts education at Brown, in part thanks to the Department's strong focus on developing students' communication and critical thinking skills.

Course Offerings for Spring 2022   All EEPS Courses

WRIT Courses

Learning to write well is crucial to a career in the sciences. We advise students to take at least one, and preferably many writing-designated courses. 

Concentrations in the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Planetary Sciences do not allow submissions of written work to be used in place of WRIT courses. Brown requires all undergraduates to complete at least one WRIT course by the end of their 4th semester, and a second WRIT course during their 5th-7th semesters.

EEPS WRIT Courses

  • GEOL 0030, Climate and Climate Change
  • GEOL 0160F, Patterns in Nature and Society
  • GEOL 0160G, Energy Resources
  • GEOL 0160I, Monsters of the Abyss
  • GEOL 0240, Evolution of a Habitable Planet
  • GEOL 1130, Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles
  • GEOL 1150, Limnology
  • GEOL 1240, Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
  • GEOL 1350, Weather and Climate
  • GEOL 1450, Structural Geology
  • GEOL 1615, The Environmental Policy Process

WRIT Courses for Concentrators

  • GEOL 0240, Evolution of a Habitable Planet
  • GEOL 1130, Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles
  • GEOL 1150, Limnology
  • GEOL 1240, Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
  • GEOL 1350, Weather and Climate
  • GEOL 1450, Structural Geology
  • GEOL 1615, The Environmental Policy Process

RPP Courses

We recognize that the fields of earth, environmental, and planetary science are historically built on a small subset of privileged voices. Race, Power and Privilege (RPP) courses examine issues of structural inequality, racial formations and/or disparities and systems of power within a complex, pluralistic world. 

  • EEPS 0160M, Natural Disasters
  • EEPS 1615, The Environment Policy Process
  • EEPS 1745, Planetary System Design
  • EEPS 1960L, Foundational Readings in the Earth Sciences

Visit the Diversity & Inclusion section for information about the department's mission to cultivate an inclusive learning environment.