University of Vermont

Official 2009-2010 Catalogue Site

2009-10 Online Catalogue

Environmental Studies

Contact Information

University of Vermont
Environmental Program
153 South Prospect St.
Burlington, VT 05401

Phone: (802) 656-4055
Fax: (802) 656-8015

Web Site Link out of catalogue site.


Environmental Studies is a University-wide undergraduate environmental curricular option offered cooperatively by four colleges and professional schools and coordinated by faculty with full or partial appointments in the Environmental Program. This option is one of UVM's most distinctive and popular academic programs - unique nationally in its breadth and interdisciplinary nature.

Students entering UVM may apply for admission to Environmental Studies through several of the undergraduate divisions. Choice of the appropriate college or school will depend on the individual's interests, career and educational objectives.

The Environmental Program involves students and faculty from throughout the University, as well as community professionals, recognizing that study of the environment must draw upon all academic disciplines and professional fields. The activities of the Program include undergraduate education, research, and community service programs dedicated to the study and improvement of the cultural and natural environments essential to the quality of life on earth.

The Program serves a wide range of environmental interests, with its primary mission being undergraduate education, and its primary focus the individual student. Working closely with the faculty, each student plans an individualized program that combines a broad, comprehensive understanding of the environment with depth in a specific concentration of study. Major concentrations can be in the natural sciences, the humanities, the social sciences, or broadly interdisciplinary around a specific focus.

Many graduates continue their education in graduate or professional schools; others work in public and private sectors in highly diverse fields throughout Vermont, the nation, and in countries around the globe.

Students enrolled in Early Childhood, Elementary Education and Physical Education may complete the major concentration in Environmental Studies as a fulfillment of the liberal arts and sciences major requirement. Environmental Studies is not a Vermont State Department of Education approved endorsement area for Secondary Education.

Program offices and a Student Services Center are located in The Bittersweet Building, where students are encouraged to visit with the staff and faculty regarding their academic plans, to gain assistance with research or action projects, and to seek information about academic programs, internships, international study opportunities, graduate studies, and future careers.