Environmental Studies at UVM

ENVS Concentrations

Six concentrations serve as advising guidelines for students with those interests. Each concentration offers a list of relevant courses. Course choices are not limited to those on the list. With advising support, you may design your own concentration and choose courses that interest and challenge you.

The six pre-designed concentrations and corresponding attached pdf's:

  • Ecology and Conservation - Scientific and management approaches for landscape protection and stewardship with a focus on field observation, conservation planning and policy; interdisciplinary grounding in the environmental and conservation sciences.
     
  • Food, Land and Community - Ecological aspects of agricultural landscapes, food production and distribution with a focus on scientific and social analysis in food and agriculture aspects of environmental planning and community development; interdisciplinary grounding in agroecology and sustainable food systems.
     
  • Environmental Policy and Development - The role of social, political, and economic forces in environmental policy and economic development with a focus on problem analysis, systems thinking, and social evaluation; interdisciplinary grounding in the environmental social sciences.
     
  • Nature, Culture and Justice - Nature-culture concerns reflecting social values and justice issues with a focus on environmental communication, expression, and advocacy; interdisciplinary grounding in the environmental humanities.  Tracks in the creative arts, environmental ethics, and environmental education and activism.
     
  • Sustainability Studies - Sustainable ecological and social processes that inform human choices in relation to energy, transportation, climate, waste, and food systems, with a focus on applying sustainability principles to environmental problem-solving; interdisciplinary grounding in systems thinking and ecological processes.
     
  • Environment and Health - The connection between environmental health and human health impacts of degraded and toxic soils, water, food, and air with a focus on problem analysis, systems thinking, and social evaluation; interdisciplinary grounding in environmental health sciences and social sciences.
     
  • Individually-Designed Concentration - Students can design an alternative concentration that reflects their particular interests and goals if these do not fit one of the existing concentrations; this requires an approved proposal signed off by the student's advisor.