Be experimental

A campus near a lake
Student measuring stream
Eric Pulgiese conducts study of Rubenstein School EcoMachine
Students work on the Aiken Center green roof
Isabel Molina collects sample from Aiken green roof tipping buckets
Students working with terrariums in greenhouse
Student conducting water study in rubber raft
Student works in lab
Aiken Center

The interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences major combines a natural science-based core curriculum with hands-on experience needed to identify, analyze, and solve environmental problems arising from human activity. 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.

With the School's emphasis on such cutting-edge areas as ecological design, restoration of damaged ecosystems, and management of resilient ecosystems, Environmental Sciences graduates are equipped with the latest tools to steward our forests, waters, and landscapes.

Environmental Sciences at UVM | 8 Semester Program Plan (PDF) | Focus Track Course List | Learning Outcomes | Minors | Resources for Current Students

 

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. They may work in offices, laboratories, and out in the field.

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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4 Year Plan for Career Success

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.

Graduate employment rate

92%

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

Careers

  • 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:

Associate Professor Jennifer Pontius