All students must meet the Degree and University Requirements.

All students must meet the Catamount Core Curriculum Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Major Requirements

Students who are pursuing the B.A. in Environmental Studies are required to take at least 84 credits of coursework in the College of Arts and Sciences.

At least 31 credits in major courses, including:

Course offerings for Environmental Studies vary frequently and often include Special Topics, Topics In, and Honors College courses. Before registration each semester, a list of eligible courses is posted as a See Also list in the Schedule of Courses (Classic Version). Many of those courses will not show up immediately in students’ degree audits. The courses listed in this table are always eligible and should automatically be applied in degree audits.
Students should consult the Environmental Studies Program advising guidance each semester for information on how specific courses on the See Also list can be applied to major requirements. Please consult an ENVS advisor for approval of environment-related courses to count toward the major.
ENVS 1500Intro to Environmental Studies4
ADDITIONAL INTRODUCTORY COURSE. 1 course/3-4 credits chosen from eligible courses, which regularly include:3-4
ALE 1210, ALE 1370, ANTH 1100, BIOL 1205, CDAE 1020, CDAE 1040, CDAE 1060, DNCE 1550, ECON 1280, ENGL 1205, ENGL 1702, ENSC 1490, ENVS 1010, ENVS 1020, ENVS 1510, ENVS 1990, FOR 1010, FOR 1210, GEOG 1200, GEOG 1760, GEOG 1780, GEOL 1020, GEOL 1400, HST 1370, NFS 1073, PBIO 1060, PHIL 1635, PHIL 1630, PRT 1100, REL 1700, SEP 1610, WFB 1740
ENVIRONMENTAL HUMANITIES. 1 additional course/3 credits chosen from eligible courses, which regularly include:3
ENVS numbered 2200 to 2299
ARTS 2600, CDAE 2130, CDAE 2140, CLAS 2581, DNCE 2520, GSWS 2811, GEOG 2774, HST 2510, PHIL 2630, REL 2700, SEP 2650
ENVIRONMENTAL NATURAL SCIENCES. 1 additional course/3 credits chosen from eligible courses, which regularly include:3
ENVS numbered 2600 to 2699
ALE 2120, ALE 2170, ALE 2560, ALE 2370, ALE 2540, ALE 2610, ALE 2620, ASCI 2700, ASCI 2600, BCOR 2100, BIOL 2105, CHEM 2990, CEE 2120, ENSC 2490, FOR 2110, FOR 2120, GEOG 2230, GEOG 2250, GEOL 3410, GEOL 3515, GEOL 2405, NR 2030, PBIO 2090, PBIO 2170, PBIO 2330, PBIO 2770, SEP 2020, SEP 2880, WFB 2300, WFB 2410, WFB 2740
ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIAL SCIENCES. 1 additional course/3 credits chosen from eligible courses, which regularly include:3
ENVS numbered 2400 to 2499
ANTH 2930, ANTH 2110, ANTH 2152, CDAE 2680, ECON 2800, FS 2010/NFS 2113, FS 2030/NFS 2114, GEOG 2760, GEOG 2790, GEOG 2780, POLS 2460, POLS 2560, POLS 2610, SEP 2070, SEP 2410, SEP 2530, SEP 2810, SOC 2460, SOC 2405, SOC 2450
3 additional credits from the following:3
ENVS 2980
Topics In: Field Studies
ENVS 2982
Restoration Cultures
ENVS 2985
Composting Ecology & Mgmt
ALE 2371
Landscape Design Studio
ALE 3380
Ecological Landscape Design
POLS 4310
VT Legislative Research Srvc
SEP 4080
Birding to Change the World
Internship: ENVS 2991, ENVS 3991
Independent Study: ENVS 3993
Undergraduate Research: ENVS 3995
Teaching Assistantship: ENVS 4994
Honors: ENVS 4996
Since new offerings are being developed, please consult an ENVS advisor for approval of environment-related study abroad courses or additional internship, service learning, or other field-based courses not listed above.
Students should meet with an academic advisor during their second year to map a plan of study for completing their Advanced Electives.
ADVANCED LEVEL. 6 credits.6
3-6 additional credits chosen from eligible courses, which regularly include: ALE 3120, ALE 3380, CDAE 3070, CDAE 3370, ENVS 4500, ECON 3800, GEOG 3760, GEOG 3780, HST 4110, HST 4510, NR 3010, NR 3370, POLS 4310, SEP 3904, SEP 3930, SEP 3950, SEP 4080, SOC 3450
Up to 3 additional credits of ENVS 4996
OPEN LEVEL. 6 additional credits at any level chosen from eligible courses and experiences, which regularly include everything listed in this table except ENVS 4996.6


Introductory and intermediate courses for various subject areas may be necessary to reach some of the courses that can be applied to the major.

Other Information

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), only one course may overlap between a major and a minor or between two CAS majors.

Courses for the major and/or its pre/co-requisites that are cross-listed in the catalog or schedule of courses under another course prefix may be taken under that other prefix and still count for these requirements.

With the approval of the chair/director, courses that applied to the major in previous years but have since been deactivated may be applied to this year’s major requirements if they are reactivated.

For a Bachelor of Arts degree, no more than 45 credits in courses with the same departmental prefix may be used toward completion of the 120 credits required for graduation.

At least half of the credits used to complete major requirements must be taken at the University of Vermont.