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The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources has a reputation for excellence in the study of the environment and natural resources. We are proud to be one of the nation's premier environmental programs. Hands-on learning, outstanding faculty, an innovative curriculum and state-of-the-art research come together in our extraordinary outdoor laboratory—the state of Vermont. Your experience will be personalized in our close community of about 800 undergraduate students.  
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Our faculty love to teach. Rubenstein School faculty are dedicated to undergraduate teaching. You will share the classroom with teacher-researchers solving today's biggest environmental problems.
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The Rubenstein School offers an innovative four-year core curriculum. The four-year sequence integrating ecology, human perspectives, ecosystem management, natural resource policy, and environmental assessment applies your knowledge of natural and social science to solving real-world problems.
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Rubenstein School graduates succeed. Our career counselor & internship coordinator in our Office of Experiential Learning works directly with our students from the time they arrive at the University. Most of our graduates are employed in positions that tap their specific education in natural resources. They work as environmental consultants, foresters, naturalists, wildlife biologists, ski area managers, land-use planners, teachers, researchers, natural resource policy analysts, and more. If you want a broad-based education and an environmental career that can lead to positive change in the world, join us.
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Why study the environment at UVM?

NOTE: As of Fall 2022, UVM is streamlining pathways for studying the Environment. The Environmental Studies major (available in the Rubenstein School for students who enrolled in Spring 2022 and prior) will be offered exclusively in the College of Arts and Sciences for incoming students as of Fall 2022. 

Studying the Environment at UVM will help to prepare you for a wide range of careers in science, natural and cultural resource planning, conservation and management, and ecological design and sustainability.

The University of Vermont long ago recognized the importance of providing educational opportunities in natural resource conservation and management. Efforts were initiated with forestry courses in 1888. High quality undergraduate instruction and advising in environmental and natural resources disciplines are our highest priorities. The emphasis on excellence in undergraduate natural resource programming is strengthened by a strong interdisciplinary core curriculum. Distinctions among disciplines are de-emphasized while the elements of a strong professional education are retained.

We welcome your inquiries and visits. Contact the Rubenstein School Dean's Office at or (802) 656-2911.

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Minors >>

  • Forestry
  • Geospatial Technologies
  • Sports Management
  • Parks, Recreation and Tourism
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Environmental Studies (Exclusively offered in the College of Arts & Sciences for incoming students as of Fall 2022)


Accelerated Master's Program (AMP)