University of Vermont

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Service Learning

Service Learning

Service Learning involves performing service that is of equal benefit to both students and the community, analyzing the experience through reflection and discussion to allow the participants to identify and absorb what they have learned, and evaluating the experience to judge the effectiveness for both students and the community.

CDAECommunity Development and Applied Economics (CDAE)

Service Learning is, in large part, what it's all about in the CDAE Department. Partnering with community members in Vermont, Honduras, Belize, St. Lucia, Dominica, and other areas, allows CDAE students to get hands-on, applied experience while still enrolled in their collegiate studies. Seeing project implementation on the ground-level gives students experience and perspective that cannot be found in the traditional classroom setting. For more information, please click here.


ENSCEnvironmental Sciences

The hallmark of an environmental sciences education is its emphasis on hands-on internships, research, and service-learning projects. UVM's students contribute to society by working on environmental issues before leaving campus. For example, in ENSC 201: Recovery and Restoration of Altered Ecosystems, students tackle recovery of a damaged ecosystem, such as a forest, stream or wetland. They develop a restoration plan based on their field work and acquire skills that will prepare them for on-the-job experiences after graduation. For more information, please click here.


Nutrition and Food Science

The department offers course options that incorporate field experience, research, or community practicum. Students do not need to come with a pre-determined idea of where they would like to be placed. They are welcome to make an appointment with Marcia, who can provide support. To view a list of course options, please click here.



Plant and Soil Science

The department offers course options that incorporate field techniques, environmentally oriented study of the colloidal chemistry of soil, soil water movement, and a studio course synthesizing work from fields of landscape ecology and landscape design. To view a list of course options, please click here.



The following are some of the courses that incorporate service-learning:

  • CDAE 102 "Sustainable Community Development" (Spring 2013)
  • CDAE 159 "Consumer Assistance Program" (Fall 2012)
  • CDAE 168 "Marketing: Community Entrepreneurs" (Fall 2012)
  • CDAE 171 "Community & International Economy Transformation" (Spring 2013)
  • CDAE 186/286 "Sustainable Development in Small Island States" (Fall 2012)
  • CDAE 195 "Media Production for Social Change" (Fall 2012)
  • ENSC 201 "Recovery and Restoration of Altered Ecosystems" (Spring 2013)
  • ENVS 187 "Campus Sustainability" (Spring 2013)
  • ENVS 204 "Creating Environmentally Sustainable Communities" (Spring 2013)
  • ENVS 295 "Adaptation to Climate Change" (Spring 2013)
  • ENVS 295 "Sustainability Education" (Fall 2012)
  • NFS 073 "Farm to Table" (Spring 2013)
  • NFS 295 "Hunger and Food Insecurity" (Spring 2010)
  • PSS 195 "Agroforestry and Agroecology in Nicaragua" (cross listed with ENVS 195) (Summer 2012)
  • PSS 212 "Advanced Agroecology" (cross listed with ENVS 212) (Fall 2012)
  • PSS 264 "Chemistry of Soil and Water" (Spring 2013)


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