The Natural Resources curriculum combines coursework from disciplines within and outside the Rubenstein School to produce an individualized major focused on an ecological theme or human/environment relationship. Students may choose to concentrate their studies in one of three natural resources concentrations: Resource Ecology or Resource Planning, or to develop an individualized program of study in Integrated Natural Resources. Explore the three concentrations:
The Resource Ecology option explores the biology and ecology of plants and animals in both aquatic and terrestrial systems and allows students to select courses around specific individual interests. Students can concentrate their studies on areas such as conservation biology, ecosystem analysis, or ecological dimensions of environmental quality.
The Resource Planning option explores interactions among individuals, communities, and society with nature, resources, and the environment. It allows students to select courses around specific individual interests such as natural resource planning and community, policy and economic dimensions of resource planning, and international dimensions of resource planning.
First year students in the Rubenstein School majoring in Natural Resources/Resource Planning or in Environmental Studies are eligible to apply for the UVM/Vermont Law School “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.
The Integrated Natural Resources (INR) option provides a broad natural resources education, giving students considerable flexibility in selecting courses. It is for students who have strong interests in natural resources and the environment, clear academic direction, and the motivation to develop a well-focused, personally meaningful course of study. Students in INR have developed concentrations in environmental education, sustainable resource management, resource conservation,iInternational resource issues, and spatial analysis of natural resources.
Natural resources majors are highly employable upon graduation. Careers range from working in a private consulting firm, for government and various non-governmental organizations to the U.S. Forest Service or a legal profession. Graduates of this program are well prepared to pursue graduate degrees as well. Specific examples might include: foresters, conservationists, wildlife biologists or ecologists, information specialists, environmental educators, Peace Corps workers, policy advisors, land restoration specialists, environmental consultants and more. Connect with our Experiential Learning Office for more information on internships and careers.