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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.


Because Environmental Sciences is a broad, interdisciplinary field, after two years of exploratory study, students choose a concentration they are most passionate about to deepen their expertise.

The Environmental Sciences faculty has outlined several concentration options for students to choose from based on pressing environmental issues, student interest, and needs in the job market. Students can, in consultation with their academic advisor, create an independently designed concentration if their interests lie outside the current concentration list.

  • Agriculture and the Environment: Impacts of agriculture on the environment and strategies for minimizing environmental degradation.
  • Conservation Biology and Biodiversity: Endangered species and ecosystems and strategies for conserving the diversity of Earth's life forms.
  • Ecological Design: Use of ecological systems to improve environmental quality.
  • Environmental Analysis and Assessment: Techniques for measuring environmental impacts and managing environmental data. 
  • Environmental Biology: Ecological and molecular analysis of endangered populations, phenomena affecting biological diversity, interrelationship of organisms and their environments, and conservation genetics. 
  • Environmental Geology: Groundwater, earth hazards, historical climate change, and landscape evolution.
  • Environmental Health: Exploration of the link between toxins, pollution, and human health.
  • Global Environmental and Climate Change: Analysis of the controls on Earth's climate and ecosystem responses to change.
  • Water Resources: Global water supply and human impacts on surface waters.
  • Self-design: Are you interested in an environmental topic that is not captured in these focus tracks? No problem, work with your adviser to design your own trajectory!

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Beyond the classroom

Bringing together the practical and theoretical through real-world, hands-on experience.

The Environmental Sciences program stresses hands-on experience to test out your career objectives, broaden your worldview, build your resume, and help you gain professional experience. Students get hands-on opportunities outside the classroom through field labs, research with faculty, impactful internships, and studying abroad.

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Graduate employment rate


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


  • Biologist
  • Conservation Planning Scientist
  • Ecologist
  • Educator
  • Energy Consultant
  • Environmental Chemist
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Environmental Manager
  • Environmental Resource Specialist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Technician
  • GIS Specialist
  • Hydrologic Scientist
  • Policy Advisor
  • Research Scientist
  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Water Resources Specialist

Where alumni work

  • Corporate Sustainability Programs
  • Energy and Solar Companies
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • Environmental Engineering Firms
  • Green Building and Design Industry
  • Law Firms
  • Municipal Watershed Programs
  • Nonprofit Education and Conservation Organizations
  • State Agencies of Agriculture
  • State Attorney Generals' Offices
  • State Departments of Natural Resources/Environmental Conservation
  • State Departments of Transportation
  • State Energy Programs
  • Sustainability Consulting Firms
  • Tribal Water Resources Departments
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Forest Service

Graduate Schools

  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Syracuse University
  • Tufts University
  • Yale University

Related Information

Accelerated Master's Program

As an undergraduate student you can begin working toward an advanced degree in the Rubenstein School before graduating with your B.S.

Learn more about the Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) in Natural Resources >>