Welcome to the Environmental Program at University
of Vermont. This broadly interdisciplinary program is a campus-wide
program serving students in four colleges across the university. Established
in 1972, the Environmental Program was developed to meet the need for
greater understanding of the ecological and cultural systems supporting
and impacting all life on earth. Our students and faculty come from
New England and beyond, and represent many perspectives and motivations
for studying the environment. We currently serve over 350 majors pursuing
interests as diverse as environmental education, international development,
sustainable agriculture, environmental law and policy, religion and
ecology, and landscape restoration.
The Environmental Program offers a major in Environmental
Studies (ENVS) that can be pursued in four different colleges, including The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Students can
choose which college best suits their broad educational needs and then
pursue the Environmental Studies major from within that college. While
major requirements differ slightly from college to college, the core
curriculum is the same. Following the introductory courses and working
closely with our advisors, each student creates a plan for an individually-designed
major concentration in their focus area(s) of choice. This learning plan
culminates in a final capstone project or thesis, usually carried out
in the senior year.
Environmental Studies students at UVM find they are
part of a vibrant and creative culture. We encourage community engagement
through internships and service learning and we support student activism
and political awareness. We promote environmental education at all levels
as well as artistic expression of environmental values. The faculty
are committed interdisciplinary thinkers drawing on the sciences, social
sciences, and humanities in their work. The Environmental Program community
is a lively hub of activity, addressing local and global issues with
equal concern. We believe in collaborative problem-solving and the power
of human imagination to create a more sustainable future. We think you
will find this Program a beacon of hope amidst the very challenging
environmental dilemmas that face humanity.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
(CALS) offers a curriculum emphasizing the natural and social sciences
as they apply to environmental problem-solving. ENVS majors must meet
the college distribution requirements, which emphasize knowledge in
science, humanities and fine arts; skills in communication, information
technology, quantitative and critical thinking; and values of citizenship
and social responsibility, environmental stewardship and personal growth.
As a college of diverse programs, the College of Agriculture and Life
Sciences is known for its committed advisors and strong sense of community.
Requirements for all ENVS majors
ENVS 001 Introduction to Environmental Studies (4 credits)
ENVS 002 International Environmental Studies (4 credits)
ENVS 151 Intermediate Environmental Studies (3 credits)
Senior Capstone (9 credits) - Choose one of three options:
- ENVS 201 Research Methods (3 credits) and ENVS 202/203 Senior Project and Thesis (6 credits minimum)
ENVS 202 Senior Internshp (6 credits) and a 200-level course
related to the student's ENVS concentration
- Three 3-credit 200-level courses related to the student's ENVS concentration.
The ENVS Major in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Completion of ENVS major core courses: 001, 002, 151, and 9 credit
Senior Capstone; plus 30 credit hours of approved environmentally-related courses
at the 100 or higher level, including 3.0 credit hours at the 200 level,
with at least one course (from ENVS course offerings or other disciplines) in each of these areas:
- natural sciences
- social sciences
- international studies (may be fulfilled by study abroad experience)
All to total a minimum of 50 credit hours.
Download a CALS ENVS major plan form.
The ENVS Minor
in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Completion of 17.0 credit hours in Environmental Studies including:
ENVS 001 and 002; 9 credit hours at the 100-level or above, including 3.0
at the 200-level. Note: One non-ENVS course at the appropriate
level may be substituted with the approval of the student's advisor
and the Environmental Program.
Download an ENVS minor plan form.
For more information about the Environmental Studies
major at The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, please go to http://www.uvm.edu/cals/.