What You’ll Learn
Environmental science is an interdisciplinary major that draws upon the fields of biology, chemistry, and geology for a comprehensive understanding of environmental problems and their solutions. In the bachelor’s in environmental science program at Vermont State, you’ll take coursework in all these areas to build your knowledge and practical experience with the theories, tools, and research techniques of each field.
You’ll deepen your understanding and apply core scientific concepts by selecting two courses each from the areas of environmental science, sustainability, and ecology.
Internships and independent research opportunities will complement your coursework and build your practical research skills for environmental science jobs. Along the way, you will find plenty of opportunities to expand your career vision, build your professional network, and develop as a scientist through departmental colloquia featuring visiting researchers.
Outside the Classroom, In the Community
As a student at Vermont State, you’ll have the opportunity to discover and explore in the lab and the field, both during coursework and through numerous research opportunities.
You might participate in a faculty-led research project during a paid summer internship. Alternatively, you can secure internships with research organizations around the state, the country, and the world.
You can even plan your own independent research under faculty supervision and make a unique contribution to the field. Recent student projects have explored areas like:
- Establishing a discharge gauge in the Castleton River
- Monitoring nutrient export in the Castleton River
- Characterizing dissolved organic matter via fluorescence
- Surveying salamander populations in various habitats
- Determining the effects of household cleaners on aquatic organism mortality
Prepare for job in environmental science with access to facilities that will familiarize you with scientific equipment, develop your technical skills as a scientist, and provide rich areas for exploration.
Depending on the campus, you’ll find well-appointed teaching and research laboratories, special facilities like the artificial stream lab and Castleton Greenhouse, computer workstations with GIS software, and expansive outdoor spaces like the Babcock Nature Preserve for research and study.