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Lake Champlain sunset
NR 1 students on boardwalk of bog
Student standing next to Sun Common car
College students teaching young children
Students wading in swamp
Students identify ferns in woods
Students sampling from boat
Students at the Statehouse
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As of summer 2022 the Natural Resources major has a new name: Sustainability, Ecology and Policy. The program curriculum combines coursework from disciplines within and outside the Rubenstein School to produce an individualized major focused on an ecological theme or human/environment relationship. Updates to our program materials and website are in progress, please contact Program Director Clare Ginger with any questions:

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Students may choose to concentrate their studies in one of three natural resources concentrations.

Resource Ecology

Resource Ecology explores the biology and ecology of plants and animals in both aquatic and terrestrial systems and allows students to select courses around specific individual interests. Students can concentrate their studies on areas such as conservation biology, ecosystem analysis, or ecological dimensions of environmental quality.
8 Semester Plan for Resource Ecology (PDF)

Resource Planning

Resource Planning explores interactions among individuals, communities, and society with nature, resources, and the environment. It allows students to select courses around specific individual interests such as natural resource planning; community, policy and economic dimensions of resource planning; and international dimensions of resource planning.
8 Semester Plan for Resource Planning (PDF)

Integrated Natural Resources

The Integrated Natural Resources (INR) option provides a broad natural resources education, giving students considerable flexibility in selecting courses. It is for students who have strong interests in natural resources and the environment, clear academic direction, and the motivation to develop a well-focused, personally meaningful course of study. Students in INR have developed concentrations in environmental education, sustainable resource management, resource conservation, international resource issues, and spatial analysis of natural resources.


Research and Beyond the Classroom

Learn more about internship, career, service-learning, research, and study abroad opportunities through our 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.


  • Natural resource managers
  • Lawyers
  • Ecologists
  • Environmental educators
  • Information specialists
  • Environmental consultants
  • Peace Corps workers
  • Policy advisors

Where alumni work

  • Non-profit environmental & social organizations
  • Private consulting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Land conservation organizations

Related Information

Learn more about the program

Contact Natural Resources Program Director:

Clare GingerAssociate Professor Clare Ginger