University of Vermont

2013-2014 Catalogue

Environmental Sciences [CALS] (Bachelor of Science)


The environment is a common theme in the courses offered at UVM. CALS partners with the Rubenstein School of the Environment and Natural Resources and the College of Arts and Sciences to offer two interdisciplinary majors: Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies, described in “Studying the Environment at UVM” in this catalogue.

General Requirements

Specific Requirements

Environmental Sciences majors through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences must fulfill the following requirements for graduation:

  1. General CALS distribution requirements.
  2. Core distribution requirements for the major (which also fill CALS distribution requirements): CDAE 002; CDAE 208; PSS 010 or PSS 021; BCOR 102; MMG 101.
  3. Environmental Science minimal basic science/quantitative courses (which also fill college core requirements): BCOR 011 and BCOR 012; CHEM 031,CHEM 032, CHEM 042*; GEOL 055 or PSS 161**; MATH 019, MATH 020; NR 140 or STAT 141.
  4. Environmental Sciences foundation courses: ENSC 001, ENSC 130, ENSC 160, ENSC 201, ENSC 202.
  5. Concentration requirement, fourteen to seventeen credits in one of the following Focus Areas: Agriculture and the Environment, Conservation Biology and Biodiversity, Ecological Design, Environmental Analysis and Assessment, Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Geology, Environmental Resources, Water Resources. Up-to-date course requirements for each Focus Area are available from the student’s advisor or the department, or by going to the Focus Areas Link out of catalogue site. section of the Environmental Sciences website. Students may petition to develop a Self- Designed curriculum track. For more information, contact Dr. Donald Ross
* Students should consider taking CHEM 141 / CHEM 142.
** PSS 161 is required for many PSS courses in several curricular concentrations; most students should take this course.