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The University of Vermont's Environmental Studies program, known nationally for its interdisciplinary approach, serves a wide range of environmental interests. The program engages students in local and international internships and immerses them in the work of the environment. Their coursework is sometimes carried out in far-flung reaches of the world and always intimately exposes them to faculty in such varied pursuits as environmental law and policy, restoration ecology, and ecofeminism.

Required courses combine the perspectives of the sciences, social studies, and humanities in local, national, and global contexts. Working closely with the faculty, each student plans a personalized program of coursework that combines a broad, comprehensive understanding of the environment with depth in a particular area of interest. These areas can include the natural sciences, the humanities, the social sciences, or be broadly interdisciplinary around a specific focus.

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Research and Beyond the Classroom

Many students earn credits through internships or projects in the community or beyond; most spend a semester overseas; and all do a nine-credit senior capstone. Vermont's landscape, accessibility, government, and non-profit organizations give students unrivaled chances to engage in research and then develop and promote policy initiatives.

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


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


  • Activists
  • Biological/Field technicians
  • College professors
  • Environmental consultants
  • Ecologists
  • Environmental analysts
  • Environmental educators
  • Environmental lawyers
  • Environmental planners
  • Farmers/Farm & Greenhouse managers
  • High/Middle School science teachers
  • Landscape architects
  • Naturalists
  • Program directors/Project managers
  • Researchers
  • State legislators
  • Therapists
  • Wilderness instructors
  • Writers
  • Many more!

Where alumni work

  • Architectural firms
  • Cities & municipalities
  • Colleges & universities
  • Energy corporations
  • Environmental nonprofits
  • Farms
  • High/Middle schools
  • Land trusts
  • Law firms
  • Media production companies
  • Natural areas
  • Outdoor education schools
  • Resorts
  • State environmental & natural resource agencies
  • Tourism companies
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • U.S. National Park Service
  • Utilities
  • Waste management companies
  • Many other places...

Graduate Schools

  • University of Vermont Rubenstein School
  • Middlebury College
  • South Oregon University
  • SUNY Albany
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Michigan
  • Virginia Tech
  • Yale University

Related Information

Learn more about the program

Contact Environmental Program Student Services Coordinator:

Ibit Wright