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The Rubenstein School has a reputation for excellence in the study of the environment and natural resources. Hands-on learning, outstanding faculty, an innovative curriculum, and state-of-the-art research come together in our extraordinary outdoor laboratory and on-campus facilities. We provide a personalized experieince for our approximately 1000 undergraduate students. 

What you'll find in the Rubenstein School

Five undergraduate majors and minors. Rubenstein Students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences; Forestry; Parks, Recreation and Tourism; Sustainability, Ecology and Policy; and Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. Learn more about these programs as well as our five minors via the links in the sidebar.

Faculty that 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. Meet our faculty >>

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. Learn more about the core curriculum >>

Resources ensuring your academic and career success. Our Student Services team is made up of Professional Advisors that specialize in student wellbeing, career development, internship and research placement, off-campus study, and community building. Each Rubenstein student is assigned an adivsor and has open access to the team's skills and resources. Meet our Student Services team >>

Rubenstein School majors at a glance

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 Student Services team at

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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)