The University of Vermont's Environmental Studies program, known nationally for its interdisciplinary approach, serves a wide range of environmental interests. The program engages students in local and international internships and immerses them in the work of the environment. Their coursework is sometimes carried out in far-flung reaches of the world and always intimately exposes them to faculty in such varied pursuits as environmental law and policy, restoration ecology, and ecofeminism.
Required courses combine the perspectives of the sciences, social studies, and humanities in local, national, and global contexts. Working closely with the faculty, each student plans a personalized program of coursework 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 students earn credits through internships or projects in the community or beyond; most spend a semester overseas; and all do a nine-credit senior capstone.
Vermont's landscape, accessibility, government, and non-profit organizations give students unrivaled chances to engage in research and then develop and promote policy initiatives.
First year students in the Rubenstein School majoring in Natural Resources/Resource Planning or in Environmental Studies are eligible to apply for the UVM-VLS 3+2 program in response to a call for applications issued during the spring semester. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The Program provides an opportunity for qualified and motivated students to earn a UVM undergraduate and a VLS graduate law degree in 5 years.
Applications will be submitted in April of a student’s first year of study at the University of Vermont and evaluated after spring semester grades are posted. Eligibility requirements include completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours in two semesters of full-time study with a minimum of a 3.4 GPA. Interested students may email RSENR Program Coordinator Clare Ginger with the subject line UVM-VLS 3+2.
Many graduates pursue graduate or professional degrees; others enter employment in public and private sectors as consultants, educators, ecologists, planners, analysts, field or laboratory researchers, writers and activists. Common choices include environmental education, biodiversity and endangered species, natural areas management, environmental policy and law, mediation, landscape restoration, wetlands protection, land conservation and land use planning, sustainable development, women's studies, ecotourism, and environmental communication.
Connect with our Experiential Learning Office for more information on internships and careers. Read about what Environmental Studies alumni are doing.