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ENVS students may earn their Environmental Studies degree through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources or the College of Education and Social Services.

Students can choose which college best suits their broad educational needs, and then pursue the ENVS major from within that college/school. While major requirements differ slightly between units, the ENVS core curriculum is the same.

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B.S., Environmental Studies, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences 


The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) offers a curriculum emphasizing the life and social sciences as they apply to environmental problem-solving.  ENVS majors must meet the college distribution requirements, which emphasize skills in communication, quantitative and critical thinking, and values of citizenship and social responsibility, environmental stewardship and personal growth. CALS provides a flexible curriculum, enabling students to explore interests and prepare for a multifaceted career.
 

ENVS major requirements:

  • Completion of core courses ENVS 001, ENVS 002
  • Academic planning workshop
  • 9 credits of breadth requirements
  • 9 credit senior capstone
  • 21 credit hours of approved environmentally-related courses at the 100 or higher level, including 3 credit hours at the 200 level
  • Requirements to total a minimum of 48 credit hours as part of the credits toward a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree

Major Requirements and Courses

B.A., Environmental Studies, College of Arts and Sciences


The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) offers a broad liberal arts education spanning the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and fine arts. Students choosing the ENVS major in the College of Arts and Sciences must meet the college distribution requirements that emphasize a broad range of knowledge in traditional fields. They must also complete a minor in another subject area.


ENVS major requirements:

  • Completion of core courses ENVS 001, ENVS 002
  • Academic planning workshop
  • 9 credits of breadth requirements: 
  • 9-credit senior capstone
  • 12 credit hours of approved environmentally-related courses at the 100 or higher level, including 3 credit hours at the 200 level
  • Requirements to total a minimum of 39 credit hours as part of the credits toward a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.

Major Requirements and Courses

B.S., Environmental Studies, Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources


The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR) offers a curriculum emphasizing the natural and social sciences as they apply to environmental problem-solving. ENVS majors take eight required core courses alongside majors in Forestry; Wildlife and Fisheries Biology; Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism; Environmental Sciences; and Natural Resources. 


ENVS major requirements:

  • Completion of core courses ENVS 001, ENVS 002
  • Academic planning workshop
  • 9 credits of breadth requirements
  • 9 credit senior capstone
  • 21 credit hours of approved environmentally related courses at the 100 or higher level, including 3 credit hours at the 200 level
  • Requirements to total a minimum of 48 credit hours as part of the credits toward a Bachelor of Sciences (BS) degree.
     

Major Requirements and Courses

 

Beyond the classroom

We ask students to identify internships, service-learning courses, independent research, as well as off-campus and co-curricular activities that will shape their understanding of Environmental Studies and help build their resumes. Students in the Environmental Program have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in study abroad programs and internships, and earn credit for their major. 

Leaders of Global Change

Careers

  • Director of legislative, regulatory and urban affairs
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Wastewater and stormwater management
  • Communications professional

Where alumni work

  • U.S, Department of Energy
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Vermont Energy Investment Corporation
  • 1% for the Planet
  • Environmental Protection Agency

Graduate Schools

  • James Madison University
  • University of Michigan
  • Harvard University
  • University of Vermont

Related Information

Minors

The ENVS minor is available to students in all UVM colleges/schools.

Minor Requirements: 17 credits - ENVS 001, ENVS 002, and a minimum of 9 credits in 100-200 level environmentally-related courses.