University of Vermont

Official 2004-2005 Catalogue Site

2004-05 Online Catalogue

Environmental Sciences [CAS] (Bachelor of Science)


The basic Environmental Sciences major in the College of Arts and Sciences provides students with a modern environmental science degree in the context of a liberal arts college. It is tailored for students who want an interdisciplinary science degree that is centered around environmental issues. It emphasizes basic approaches to understanding the environment and environmental problems. Students completing this major will have the scientific background necessary to compete in the job market for environmental science, or to continue with advanced studies in a graduate degree program. This major emphasizes flexible course choices at the upper level, guided by co-advisors from different departments who work with each student individually.

During the first two years, the major draws on a core curriculum of basic science courses in biology, chemistry, and mathematics. This core is designed so that students can easily flow between other science majors, such as Biology, Geology, and Chemistry. At the upper division level, students work closely with faculty advisors to develop a set of science courses that will meet their particular needs and career goals.

Learning through experience and advising are integral parts of this major. To experience environmental research first hand, an independent research project or honor thesis is completed in the senior year. Co-advisors help with research and also with choices of courses and career plans.

At the upper division level, students can be general in their choice of courses or three areas of concentration allow students to specialize their training.

Environmental Biology - ecological and molecular analysis of endangered populations, conservation biology, conservation genetics, and ecology.

Environmental Geology - earth science, geomorphology, and the analysis of ground water.

Environmental Chemistry - analytical methods for measuring and monitoring air, ground, and water pollutants.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Introductory biology (BCOR 011/BCOR 012 or BIOL 001 B/BIOL 002 B is preferred, but BIOL 001 A/BIOL 002 A is accepted); CHEM 031/CHEM 032 (or CHEM 035/CHEM 036); MATH 19/MATH 20 (or MATH 21); CHEM 0421, CHEM 141, or CHEM 143; ENVS 001 or ENVS 002; one course among the list of technology-based courses (STAT 141 or STAT 211; CHEM 121 or CHEM 221; BIOL 205 or BIOL 267; GEOL 255; CE 150); 12-15 credits in a broad selection or in a concentration chosen with co-advisors to include at least one semester of research or honors. Concentrations include environmental biology, environmental geology, environmental chemistry.

  1. CHEM 42 is not allowed for either the chemistry or biology concentration.