Be experimental

A campus near a lake
Students planting trees
Eric Pulgiese conducts study of Rubenstein School EcoMachine
Students work on the Aiken Center green roof
Student launches drone
Students working with terrariums in greenhouse
Student conducting water study in rubber raft
Kunal Palawat works in lab
Aiken Center

The University of Vermont's Environmental Sciences major combines a natural science-based core curriculum with hands-on experience needed to identify, analyze, and solve environmental problems. Instructors are active environmental research scientists. Classroom encounters with environmental scientists who are leaders in their field are heightened by hands-on field and service-learning opportunities.

In the Rubenstein School, emphasis on such cutting-edge areas as ecological design, geospatial technologies, restoration of damaged ecosystems, and management of resilient ecosystems equips Environmental Sciences graduates with the latest tools and skills to steward our forests, waters, and landscapes.

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Research and Beyond the Classroom

Blending hands-on field and laboratory instruction with real-world environmental internship, research, and study abroad opportunities, students acquire the skill set needed to tackle complex environmental problems.

Learn more about internship, career, service-learning, research, and study abroad opportunities through the Rubenstein School Office of Experiential Learning and our in-house Career Counselor & Internship Coordinator.

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Experiential Learning: Hallmark of the Rubenstein School

  • 100% of students take a service-learning course.
  • 97% of faculty conduct grant-funded research with many opportunities for student involvement.
  • 70% of students participate in an internship or research.
  • 30% of students study abroad.
  • Faculty teach more than 25 service-learning courses and close to 30 field lab courses each year.

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Graduate employment rate


of Rubenstein graduates are employed or continuing their education within 6 months of graduating.


  • Environmental scientists
  • Environmental consultants
  • Environmental researchers
  • Teachers

Where alumni work

  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Federal and state environmental agencies
  • Research universities

Related Information

Learn more about the program

Contact Environmental Sciences Program Director:

Jennifer PontiusAssociate Professor Jennifer Pontius