Student Resources and Opportunities

Student Profiles
Courtney Giles and Peter Isles on floating platform in Lake Champlain's Missisquoi Bay.


Missisquoi Bay’s Worst Algae Bloom Tied to Low Spring Snowmelt and Hot, Dry Summer Conditions

Several factors combined to drive the worst blue-green algae bloom in northeastern Lake Champlain’s Missisquoi Bay in recent history. Scientists attribute these unsightly and toxin-producing blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria, blooms to a changing climate and changing nutrient inputs from our intensifying land use practices. 

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Rubenstein School student Caitlin Drasher volunteers to help radio collar black bears in a study conducted by VT Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.


Wildlife Biology Major Caitlin Drasher Volunteers on Vermont Black Bear Study

Caitlin Drasher, undergraduate in the Wildlife and Fisheries Biology Program, from Manchester, Vermont, tells about her exciting volunteer work with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife working up close with Vermont’s black bears. She is interning with Vermont Fish and Wildlife this summer and continues to assist with the ...

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Rubenstein School undergraduate student Jessica Mailhot will use funding from her Ian A. Worley Award to combine her passion as an environmental scientist with her talent as an artist to model and express songbird abilities to adapt to climate change.


ENVS Ian A. Worley Award Celebrates Students’ Creative Thinking

For the second academic year, the UVM Environmental Program has awarded undergraduates a grant award to follow their dreams and to actively pursue environmental change. The Ian A. Worley Award fosters and celebrates creative and innovative approaches in confronting current and future environmental challenges.

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Undergraduate Programs

The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources has a reputation for excellence in the study of the environment and natural resources. We are proud to be one of the nation's premier environmental programs. Hands-on learning, outstanding faculty, an innovative curriculum, state-of-the-art research come together in our extraordinary outdoor laboratory—the state of Vermont. Your experience will be personalized in our close community of about 600 students. Meet some of our students >>

Faculty who love to teach. Rubenstein faculty are dedicated to undergraduate teaching. You will share the classroom with teacher-researchers solving today's biggest environmental problems. Our faculty >>

The Rubenstein School offers an innovative four-year core curriculum. The four-year sequence integrating ecology, human perspectives, ecosystem management, natural resource policy, and environmental assessment applies your knowledge of natural and social science to solving real-world problems. Core curriculum >>

The Rubenstein School graduates succeed. Our career services coordinator in our Office of Experiential Learning works directly with our students from the time they arrive at the University. Most of our graduates are employed in positions that tap their specific education in natural resources. They work as environmental consultants, foresters, naturalists, wildlife biologists, ski area managers, land-use planners, teachers, researchers, natural resource policy analysts, and more. If you want a broad-based education and an environmental career that can lead to positive change in the world, join us. Learn more about Experiential Learning >>

Why study the environment at UVM?

The University of Vermont long ago recognized the importance of providing educational opportunities in natural resource conservation and management. Efforts were initiated with forestry courses in 1888. High quality undergraduate instruction and advising in environmental and natural resources disciplines are our highest priorities. The emphasis on excellence in undergraduate natural resource programming is underscored by the School's administrative structure and a strong interdisciplinary core curriculum. Distinctions among disciplines are de-emphasized while the elements of a strong professional education are retained.