Natural Sciences

Human impact on the natural world is the central issue of our time.

Science Fundamentals followed by Specialized Courses

We emphasize a strong mastery of scientific fundamentals. Students acquire their fundamental scientific background during their first two years, and then select from a variety of specialized upper-level courses.

An in-depth education in environmental science, natural science, or sustainable practices, in an intimate setting with small classes and personal attention from professors, immersed in the rich environment of Vermont.

Environmental Science, B.S.

About the degree

A degree in Environmental Sciences provides graduates essential training to become environmental consultants, scientists, and regulators. By employing the significant experience of the department’s faculty in the fields of research, consultation, and governmental regulation, students graduated with a solid foundation to become environmental leaders.

The Environmental Science Program focuses on providing students with a solid foundation in biology, ecology, chemistry, environmental toxicology, geology, and physics. Students may then choose from a wide variety of upper-level courses to further extend their knowledge according to their interests.

These primarily include further education in biology, ecology, chemistry, and sustainable food systems. Students may also acquire skills in GIS (geographical information systems), environmental site assessment, and OSHA Safety procedures.

Required courses

Core: (59-62 Credits)

In addition to the following, students majoring in Environmental Science are required to complete MAT 1020 and MAT 2021 for their Mathematics General Education requirement.

 

Additional Courses: (16 credits)


Choose from among any 3000-4000 level science courses.  Exceptions allowing up to 4 credits from 1000-2000 level science courses, or non-science courses, to be counted for program credit will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Specialization: Environmental Pollution and Physical Environmental Monitoring (recommended)

Specialization: Conservation/Biodiversity/Environmental Assessment (recommeded)

Natural Sciences, B.S.

About the degree

The natural world is a complex and dynamic system. A Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences provides students with a diverse foundation of scientific knowledge from which many choose to specialize through graduate studies, professional programs, teaching, and scientific employment.

Our Natural Science Program first focuses on providing students with a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics.

Students may then choose from a wide variety of upper-level courses to further extend their knowledge according to their interests, with a greater level of flexibility than is offered in our other majors.

Required courses

Core: (42 Credits)


Students must complete at least 4 credits of SCI 4900 with a maximum of 3 credits per term.

Additional Courses: (28 credits)


Twenty-eight credits from Natural Science, of which twenty-four must be at 3000 or 4000 level. Up to eight credits may be taken from Atmospheric Sciences at 3000 or 4000 level.

Sustainability Studies, B.S.

About the degree

The goal of Sustainability is ensuring a better world for future generations, environmentally, economically, and socially. A graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability Studies is broadly prepared for future employment in areas including renewable energy, sustainable food production, and many other sustainable living practices that contribute to this goal.

The degree also provides a significant foundation in environmental science. Given our locality in a state with vibrant renewable energy and sustainable agriculture communities, our Sustainability Studies program is ideally located to provide many opportunities for real world experience.

Required courses

Core: (43 Credits)

Students majoring in Sustainability Studies are required to take MAT 1020 or MAT 1060 and MAT 2021 for their Mathematics General Education requirements.  Students are strongly advised to complete a minor of their choice.

Students must complete at least 4 credits of SCI 4900 with a maximum of 3 credits per term.

Electives: (19 credits)

Licensure in Secondary Education