The grass is always greener on our side of the fence.

The sun on your back, dirt in your hands, a book in the grass... this is summer at UVM.  The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will be offering more than 50 courses this summer, including opportunities to earn credit by working on our farms, studying plant biology, soil science, nutrition and brewing beer, food systems and farm to table, community development, strategic writing, communication, and so much more!  

Do an internship, catch up, get ahead.  Come learn in the shadows of the Green Mountains, refresh by the lake, find a swimming hole, and explore all that Vermont has to offer while studying in the summer. 

With 30% discount on tuition, weekly residential hall rental, and flexible meal plans, summer offers you an economical chance to study at the University of Vermont this summer.

Registration begins on March 2, 2018!  Go to for more information.


Summer courses offered by department:


CALS 085 Computer Applications (hybrid)

Use of computer operating systems programming languages, electronic communications, word processing, spreadsheet modeling and graphics, and internet software related to the agricultural and life sciences.

CALS 183 Communication Methods (online)

Introduction to informational and persuasive public speaking. Developing individual and group oral communication skills through giving and critically analyzing presentations.

Community Development and Applied Economics and Public Administration

CDAE 002 D2:SU:World Food Population and Development

Agricultural development emphasizing natural and economic phenomena and the effect of food supplies on population trends and policies.

CDAE 024 Fundamentals of Public Communication (online)

This course provides students with the foundation for understanding communication components, processes, contexts, and applications and introduces research and theory through critique and case study.

CDAE 102 Sustainable Community Development (online)

Introduction to perspectives and methods used to develop healthy communities that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable with rural and urban, U.S. and international examples. Prerequisites: CDAE 061 or equivalent; CDAE majors/minors only; or Instructor permission.

CDAE 120 Strategic Writing for Public Communication (online)

Students learn to write standard messages and documents including e-mail, memos, letters to the editor, fundraising letters, news releases, brochures, and feature stories. Prerequisites: CDAE 024, ENGS 001, or ENGS 050; Public Communication majors/minors only.

CDAE 127 Consumers, Markets, and Public Policy (online)

Analysis of consumer choices through the examination of consumer behavior theories, current marketplace issues and public policy. Prerequisite: One of the following: CDAE 024, CDAE 015, ENGS 001, ENGS 050, or permission.

CDAE 129 Communication Law (online)

Legal issues in mass media, including: freedom of speech; libel; invasion of privacy; obscenity and indecency; copyright and trademark. Prerequisite: CDAE 024.

CDAE 157 Consumer Law and Policy (online)

Law as an expression of public policy to protect consumers in the marketplace. Emphasis on laws prohibiting deceptive advertising and marketing practices. Prerequisites: ENGS 001, ENGS 057, CDAE 024, or CDAE 061; Sophomore standing. 

CDAE 168 SU: Marketing:Com Entreprenuers (online)

Marketing concepts and methods and their applications for community entrepreneurs. Focus on development of marketing plan and its use in guiding business operations. Prerequisite: CDAE 061 or permission.

CDAE 191 Independent Study

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.

CDAE 295 Community Based Learning

CDAE 296 Field Experience/Internship

Professionally-oriented field experience under joint supervision by faculty and business or community representative. Total credit toward graduation in CDAE 196 and CDAE 296 cannot exceed 15 credits.

CDAE 351 Research Methods (hybrid)

Developing research projects with the scientific methods; evaluating alternative literature review, sampling, surveying, and analytic methods; and reporting the results. Prerequisite: Three hours of Statistics.

CDAE 395 Intro to Nonprofit Management (online)

CDAE 395 Community Based Learning 

PA 206 Intro Cont Public Affairs (hybrid)

Contemporary policy issues including government and the economy, the role of leadership, ethical and moral issues in public policy, and other contemporary issues impacting society. Prerequisites: CDAE 100 level course.

PA 303 Research and Evaluation Methods (hybrid)

Conceptualization, collection and analysis of primary and secondary data; interpretation, and communication of results of applied research and/or evaluation studies for decision makers. Separate lab required. required.

PA 323 Non-Profit Administration (online)

PA 380 Internship

Supervised administrative experience culminating in a written report.

PA 395 Women in Leadership (hybrid)




BCOR 11 Exploring Biology

Exploring biology from cells to organisms. Topics include origins of life, ancestral organisms, uni- and multi- cellular energetics, evolution of respiration and metabolism, and the genetic code. Credit not given for both BCOR 011 and BIOL 001. Pre/co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment or credit in CHEM 031 or CHEM 032.

BCOR 12 Exploring Biology

Exploring biology from cells to organisms. Topics include origins of life, ancestral organisms, uni- and multi- cellular energetics, evolution of respiration and metabolism, and the genetic code. Credit not given for both BCOR 011 and BIOL 001. Pre/co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment or credit in CHEM 031 or CHEM 032. 

An evolutionary perspective to exploring biology. Topics include: patterns of inheritance, Darwinian evolution, evolution of biodiversity, ecology of organisms, human effects on biological systems. Credit not given for both BCOR 012 and BIOL 002. Pre/co-requisite: Concurrent enrollment or credit in CHEM 031 or CHEM 032.

Nutrition and Food Sciences

NFS 043 Fundamentals of Nutrition (online)

The study of standard guidelines to select foods that maximize human health and the functions of the essential nutrients needed to sustain human life. Prerequisites: High school chemistry and biology.

NFS 053 Basic Concepts of Foods (hybrid)

Study of the scientific aspects of food with emphasis on reasons for procedures used and phenomena occurring in food preparation.

NFS 063 D2:Obesity: Weight Control & Fit (online)

Introduction to the causes, consequences, and treatment of obesity, and modification of eating and exercise behaviors in weight control.

NFS 095 The Science of Energy Balance (hybrid)

Introduction to the concepts related to energy utilization in nutritional science, and the application of these concepts to our daily lives. Students will learn the components of energy balance (intake and expenditure), the role of macronutrients and micronutrients, the use of nutrition labeling information related to energy balance, and how to apply all of this information to maintain a healthy body weight.

NFS 143 Nutrition in the Life Cycle (online)

Nutritional needs of people throughout the life cycle. Physiological and environmental factors which affect nutritional status. Designed for Nutrition majors. Prerequisite: NFS 043.

NFS 203 Food Microbiology

Desirable and undesirable activities of bacteria in foods. Mechanisms of food-borne infection and intoxication. Laboratory methods to enumerate and identify microorganisms associated with food. Prerequisite: NFS 153 or Instructor permission. Co-requisite: NFS 213.

NFS 213 Food Microbiology lab

Introduces microbiological techniques such as Gram Stain, Streak for Isolation, dilutions, aseptic technique as well as means of identifying the microbial content of food products. Prerequisites: NFS 153, NFS 154, or Instructor permission. Co-requisite: NFS 203.

NFS 243 Advanced Nutrition (online)

Study of nutrients and their specific functions in metabolic process integrating cellular physiology, biochemistry, and nutrition. Prerequisites: NFS 043; PBIO 185; ANPS 019; Junior standing.

NFS 253 Food Regulation (online)

Comprehensive examination of U.S. food laws and regulations and their relationships to the safety of the U.S. food supply. Focus on how food-related laws and regulations are enacted and enforced, through detailed examination of selected food regulation topics. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. 

Plant Biology

PBIO 095 SU: Plants on the Move (online)

The course covers the scientific underpinnings of what happens when plants get moved around the globe due to increased trade and human movement and how these plants are affecting a variety of ecosystems both locally in the Northeast around the world. Students in the course will learn to identify the worst weeds in the Northeast, where they originated from and what local, state and federal policies are in place to protect against them and will become familiar with policies and management practices about invasive plants in different societies around the world.

PBIO 177 Biology of Fungi

Collect, identify and study major fungal groups, especially basidiomycetes (mushrooms, rusts and smuts), ascomycetes (cup fungi, yeasts and mildews), and affiliated taxa. Extensive field and lab work, with thematic lectures. Prerequiste: A college-level biology course or permission of Instructor.

PBIO 223 Fundamentals of Field Science

Pattern and process in natural systems. Weekly discussion of unifying questions in science. Field labs teach sampling and analysis of vegetation, soils, and animals. Prerequisite: Graduate standing or several university courses in earth sciences, life sciences, and chemistry.

PBIO 295 Biometry for Field Scientists (hybrid)

PBIO 311 Field Naturalist Practicum

Landscape analysis; planning and designing field projects; integrated problem solving. Prerequisite: Enrollment in the Field Naturalist program. Variable hours up to three.

PBIO 369, Field Botany for NR Profession

Identification of flowering plants and ferns; survey of prominent Vermont plant families; natural communities, ecological determinants of plant distribution, especially soils; preparation of herbarium specimens. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing; Instructor Permission.

Plant and Soil Science

PSS 096 Herb Growing Design and Use (online)

Learn basics of designing, planting, care, and harvest of herbs in a home garden

PSS 137 Landscape Design Fundamentals

Studio course to learn techniques of landscape design and analysis, develop graphic communication skills for representing the landscape, and apply sustainable design principles to a site. Prerequisites: Junior standing; at least one course in drawing, design, or mapping, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: CDAE 137, ENVS 137, NR 137.

PSS 154 Composting Ecology and Management

Examines ecological, physical and chemical principles, the practical management of the composting process, and benefits of using compost in plant and soil ecosystems. Prerequisite: Three credits in basic biological or ecological science or Instructor permission.

PSS 161 SU: Fundamentals of Soil Science

Biological, chemical, and physical properties of the dynamic soil system as related to plant growth and environmental problems. Prerequisite: Inorganic chemistry or permission.

PSS 311 Introduction to Agroecology (hybrid)

Examines the ecological foundations of Agroecology, largely from a biophysical perspective. Over the course of three sequential modules, students will explore the fundamental principles of ecology and their application to agricultural systems and landscapes.