Be adventurous

Examining a large tree fungus
Working in the lab
Engaging classroom lectures
Fieldwork lakeside
A campus near a lake
Working in the forest
Kayaking on Lake Champlain

Burlington borders one of the largest freshwater lakes in the nation, stands between the Green Mountain range to the east and the Adirondacks to the west, and offers a variety of habitat that serves as a living laboratory for students who love science and the outdoors. As an environmental science student at UVM you'll experience close collaboration with world-renowned environmental scientists who connect you with hands-on field and service-learning opportunities.

A common concern of students considering the environmental sciences major is 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). Learn more about this program and the degree choices on the environmental sciences website.


Agriculture & the Environment: the impacts of agriculture on the environment and strategies for minimizing environmental degradation

Conservation Biology and Biodiversity: Endangered species and ecosystems, and strategies for conserving the diversity of Earth's life forms

Ecological Design: Use of ecological systems to improve environmental quality

Environmental Analysis and Assessment: Techniques for measuring environmental impacts and managing environmental data

Environmental Biology: Ecological and molecular analysis of endangered populations, phenomena affecting biological diversity, the interrelationship of organisms and their environments, and conservation genetics

Environmental Chemistry: Analytical methods for measuring and monitoring air, ground, and water pollutants

Environmental Geology: Earth science, geomorphology, and the analysis of ground water

Global Environmental and Climate Change: Environmental processes in air, soil, and water

Water Resources: Global water supply and human impacts on surface waters


  • Natural resource specialist
  • Environmental assessor
  • Conservation planner
  • Environmental technician
  • Environmental chemist

Where alumni work

  • Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Atlantic Environmental Services
  • 3 Rivers Wet Weather

Graduate Schools

  • Tufts University
  • Yale University
  • Cornell University
  • University of Michigan
  • Syracuse University