Environmental Studies Major

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.

Why Rubenstein's environmental studies program?

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 as a classroom

Vermont's landscape, accessibility, government, and non-profit organizations give students unrivaled chances to engage in research and then develop and promote policy initiatives.

Where do environmental studies majors work after graduation?

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 a sampling of environmental studies alum job titles.

Academic Program

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  • Rubenstein general undergraduate degree requirements
  • Environmental Studies degree requirements
  • All students who enroll in the Environmental Studies major in The Rubenstein School must fulfill the following requirements for graduation:

    1. Completion of The Rubenstein School's core curriculum.
    2. Completion of The Rubenstein School's general education requirements.
    3. Completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours of courses.
    4. Completion of the Environmental Studies major core courses:
      • ENVS 1, Introduction to Environmental Studies (4 cr.)
      • ENVS 2, International Environmental Studies (4 cr.)
      • ENVS 151, Intermediate Environmental Studies (3 cr.)
      • Senior Capstone (9 cr.)
    5. Completion of individually-designed program: Thirty credits of approved environmentally-related courses at the 100- or 200-level, including three credits at the 200-level, with at least one environmentally-related course in each of these areas: natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, and international studies (may be fulfilled by a Study Abroad experience). These courses are in addition to The Rubenstein School's core and general education requirements.

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