Environmental Studies at UVM

The ENVS Major - an overview by UVM college/school

 

The Environmental Program offers a major in Environmental Studies (ENVS) that can be pursued in four different units:

Students can choose which college best suits their broad educational needs and then pursue the ENVS major from within that college/school. While major requirements differ slightly between units, the ENVS core curriculum is the same. Following the introductory courses and working with advisors, each student creates a plan for a major concentration of course work in their focus area of choice. This learning plan culminates with one of the senior capstones: thesis/project/creative arts project, advanced internship, or advanced courses. Note: Students in CESS complete a "major concentration" in ENVS and are not required to complete an ENVS capstone.
 


The ENVS Major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) offers a curriculum emphasizing the natural and social sciences as they apply to environmental problem-solving. ENVS majors must meet the college distribution requirements, which emphasize knowledge in science, humanities and fine arts; skills in communication, information technology, quantitative and critical thinking; and values of citizenship and social responsibility, environmental stewardship and personal growth. As a college of diverse programs, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is known for its committed advisors and strong sense of community.

Completion of ENVS major core courses: 001, 002, 151, and 9 credit Senior Capstone; plus 30 credit hours of approved environmentally-related courses at the 100 or higher level, including 3.0 credit hours at the 200 level, with at least one course (from ENVS course offerings or other disciplines) in each of these areas:
- natural sciences
- humanities
- social sciences
- international studies (may be fulfilled by study abroad experience)

All to total a minimum of 50 credit hours as part of the credits toward a Bachelor of Sciences (BS) degree.

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The ENVS Major in the College of Arts and Sciences

As the oldest division of the University of Vermont and the largest college on campus, The College of Arts and Sciences offers a broad liberal arts education spanning the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and fine arts. Students choosing the ENVS major in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the college distribution requirements which emphasize a broad range of knowledge in traditional fields. They must also complete a minor in another subject area. The College of Arts and Sciences academic programs aim to acquaint students with the intellectual, cultural and aesthetic heritage of our complex world.

Completion of ENVS major core courses: 001, 002, 151, and 9-credit Senior Capstone; plus 18 credit hours of approved environmentally-related courses at the 100 or higher level, including 3.0 credit hours at the 200 level, with at least one course (from ENVS course offerings or other disciplines) in each of these areas:
- natural sciences
- humanities
- social sciences
- international studies (may be fulfilled by study abroad experience)

All to total a minimum of 38 credit hours as part of the credits toward a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.

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The Major in ENVS in the College of Education and Social Services

The College of Education and Social Services offers a curriculum emphasizing the education philosophy and practical teaching methods as they apply to environmental education. Students choosing the ENVS major concentration must meet the college distribution requirements, which provide a broad general education background useful for teaching all age levels. The College of Education and Social Services prepares students for professional work in education, social work, and human services, with the aim of creating a more humane and just society that fosters respect for ethnic and cultural diversity, and maximizes quality of life.

The major concentration in ENVS is only available to CESS students majoring in Early Childhood, Early Childhood Special Education, and Physical Education students. Environmental Studies is not a Vermont State approved endorsement area. Students who are completing a minor in Environmental Studies will not be eligible for a second endorsement in this area.

Completion of ENVS major core courses: 001, 002, plus 294 Environmental Education (3 credits)

Plus an Individual-Design Program:
19.0 credit hours of approved environmentally-related courses at the 100 or higher level, including 3 hours at the 200 level, with at least one course in each of these areas:
- natural sciences
- humanities
- social sciences
- international studies (may be fulfilled by study abroad experience)

All to total 30 credit hours for a Major Concentration in ENVS as part of the credits toward a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

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The ENVS Major in the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources

The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources offers a curriculum emphasizing the natural and social sciences as they apply to environmental problem-solving. ENVS majors take eight required core courses alongside majors in Forestry, Wildlife, Recreation Management, Environmental Science, and Natural Resources. The Rubenstein School is engaged in an exciting project to expand and “green” its building with all the latest sustainable energy ideas. As a learning community, the School places high value on school social relations and innovative environmental thinking.

Completion of ENVS major core courses: 001, 002, 151, and 9 credit Senior Capstone; plus 30 credit hours of approved environmentally-related courses at the 100 or higher level, including 3.0 credit hours at the 200 level, with at least one course (from ENVS course offerings or other disciplines) in each of these areas:
- natural sciences
- humanities
- social sciences
- international studies (may be fulfilled by study abroad experience)

All to total a minimum of 50 credit hours as part of the credits toward a Bachelor of Sciences (BS) degree.

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