Which college should I apply to?
Students may pursue the Environmental Sciences major through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), or the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources (RSENR). Coursework for the major is similar across all units; what differs is how each unit prepares students outside of their major. The decision about which school is best to pursue the major is typically based on the student’s desired focus within the major and other academic interests.
- College of Agriculture and Life Sciences provides a degree in which the student pursuing the environmental sciences major is engaged in the application and understanding of the environment within the context of sustainable food systems and agricultural literacy.
- College of Arts and Sciences values transdisciplinarity, exploration, and academic breadth, providing a strong foundation for the rigor and depth of the environmental science major. This backdrop provides a well rounded liberal arts education and makes makes our graduates well positioned to move within the ever-changing employment landscape.
- Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources provides a degree with an applied focus, ensuring that students are prepared to use foundational knowledge from diverse fields, critical thinking, and integrative analyses to sustainably manage social-ecological systems and address complex environmental problems.
What will I learn?
Environmental Science graduates are trained to:
- Apply their scientific knowledge with a range of methodologies and disciplinary perspectives through scientific inquiry, modeling and real-world experience in addressing pressing environmental issues;
- Employ a systems approach to analyze how human and ecological systems interact to influence processes in air, on land, and in water;
- Assess and articulate the scientific evidence surrounding key environmental issues and critically evaluate ongoing efforts to mitigate environmental problem;
- Design practical and effective solutions to real world problems in collaboration with community partners;
- Deepen their understanding of the concepts, processes, problems and solutions in a chosen concentration.
What will I do after I graduate?
UVM Environmental Sciences graduates go onto graduate school or find employment at many government agencies and consulting firms.