Environmental Studies at UVM

ENVS Individual-Design Program Resources

Each ENVS major develops their own plan of environmentally-related study after taking the introductory core courses (001 and 002). This individual-design program (IDP) includes intermediate and advanced level courses drawn from ENVS and other disciplines of interest. The courses ought to gather around a theme that is broad enough to offer both breadth and depth in particular topics, while remaining cohesive. Students develop their IDP’s in ENVS 101 Academic Planning Workshop with oversight from the instructor. The IDP can change through to graduation if interests evolve, with guidance from an advisor.

To help students identify courses to include in their IDP’s, we have gathered environmentally-related courses into six thematically-clustered course lists (formerly designated “concentrations”) The themes and courses listed are offered as suggestions and as reference tools to direct students toward courses relevant to their interests. Students can choose courses from any one or more lists. With advisor approval, students may choose courses off-list.

Please note: courses are never guaranteed. They come and go depending on departmental decisions and budgets, faculty appointments and interests, and sabbaticals and other leaves. We encourage students to carefully consider and plan for course prerequisites, be resourceful, plan responsibly, and be well informed about the courses they intend to take.

  • Conservation and Stewardship Courses - Scientific and management approaches for landscape protection and stewardship with a focus on field observation, conservation planning and policy. Courses on this list emphasize interdisciplinary grounding in the environmental and conservation sciences. Courses on this list are drawn from these departments: Anthropology (ANTH); BioCore (BCOR); Environmental Science (ENSC); Geography (GEOG); Natural Resources (NR); Plant Biology (PBIO); Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (PRT); Plant and Soil Science (PSS); Wildlife and Fisheries Biology (WFB).
     
  • Food, Land and Community Courses - Ecological aspects of agricultural landscapes, food production and distribution with a focus on scientific and social analysis in food and agriculture aspects of environmental planning and community development. Courses on this list emphasize interdisciplinary grounding in agroecology and sustainable food systems. Courses on this list are drawn from these departments: Anthropology (ANTH); Arts and Sciences (AS); Community Development and Applied Ecology (CDAE); Geography (GEOG); Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFS); Natural Resources (NR); Plant Biology (PBIO); Plant and Soil Science (PSS).
     
  • Environmental Policy and Development Courses - The role of social, political, and economic forces in environmental policy and economic development with a focus on problem analysis, systems thinking, and social evaluation. Courses on this list emphasize interdisciplinary grounding in the environmental social sciences. Courses on this list are drawn from these departments: Anthropology (ANTH); Community Development and Applied Ecology (CDAE); Economics (EC); Geography (GEOG); Natural Resources (NR); Political Science (POLS); Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (PRT).
     
  • Nature, Culture and Justice Courses - Nature-culture concerns reflecting social values and justice issues with a focus on environmental communication, expression, and advocacy. Courses on this list emphasize interdisciplinary grounding in the environmental humanities, including the creative arts, environmental ethics, and environmental education and activism. Courses on this list are drawn from these departments: Anthropology (ANTH); Geography (GEOG); History (HST); Parks, Recreation, and Tourism (PRT); Sociology (SOC).
     
  • Sustainability Studies Courses - Sustainable ecological and social processes that inform human choices in relation to energy, transportation, climate and waste, with a focus on applying sustainability principles to environmental problem-solving. Courses on this list emphasize interdisciplinary grounding in systems thinking and environmental science. Courses on this list are drawn from these departments: Business Administration (BSAD); Community Development and Applied Ecology (CDAE); Civil and Environmental Engineering (CE); Economics (EC); Environmental Science (ENSC); Geography (GEOG); Natural Resources (NR); Political Science (POLS); Plant and Soil Science (PSS); Sociology (SOC).
     
  • Environment, Health and Healing Courses - The connection between environmental health and human health impacts of degraded and toxic soils, water, food, and air with a focus on problem analysis, systems thinking, and social evaluation. Courses on this list emphasize interdisciplinary grounding in environmental health sciences and social sciences. Courses on this list are drawn from these departments: Anthropology (ANTH); Geography (GEOG); Health (HLTH); Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFS); Plant Biology (PBIO); Public Health (PH); Pharmacology (PHRM); Sociology (SOC).