If you love the outdoors, science and creating solutions, we hope you'll consider pursuing a B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences at UVM. If you've considered an education where classroom encounters with world-renowned environmental scientists are heightened by hands-on field and service-learning opportunities, then this major may offer your perfect college experience.
A common concern of students who are considering the environmental sciences major is that of knowing whether to pursue the program through the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) or the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Indeed, the distinctions between the major offered through these three schools is subtle, and a student can usually shift between the three with little difficulty. In an attempt to demystify the differences between the programs, consider these principles:
Students can elect to pursue the environmental sciences major through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Arts and Sciences, or The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. A common set of foundation courses (biology, chemistry, mathematics, and geology or plant and soil science) and core environmental sciences (ENSC) courses is a uniting experience between environmental sciences students in the three schools. Students then choose to concentrate in one of nine focus areas; this is where studies begin to branch out and differ.
Environmental sciences students choose to concentrate in one of these nine focus areas (clicking on the focus area will take you to its course requirements, as offered in the "Resources" section of this site):
Advising is an important part of the environmental sciences program. We are wholly committed to assisting students with their plans for education and after. Majors are assigned a faculty advisor within the school of enrollment, and the relationships grow from there. From orientation events, picnics and meetings, students and advisors take the journey together.