The Rubenstein School Environmental Sciences major combines a natural science-based core curriculum with field and lab-based environmental coursework designed to engage students in tackling real-world environmental problems. Blending a strong science foundation with hands-on instruction, research, internships, and study abroad opportunities provides students with the knowledge and professional skills needed to identify and respond to complex environmental challenges.
Students gain the knowledge and professional skills needed to address climate change, improve water quality, advance sustainable design, facilitate species conservation, and more. Graduates will receive a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences and will be prepared to use foundational knowledge from diverse fields, critical thinking, and integrative analyses to sustainably manage social-ecological systems and how they interact in air, on land, and in water.
Environmental Sciences was historically offered as a cross-college program. Students enrolled Spring 2022 and prior completed or will complete their degree through one of three colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. The Environmental Sciences Program is now exclusively offered through the Rubenstein School. It remains an interdisciplinary degree and students continue to learn from faculty across UVM.