Natural Sciences

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

Science Fundamentals followed by Specialized Courses

Worried about the environment? Passionate about solving environmental problems? Lyndon’s Department of Natural Sciences is excited to announce its new Integrated Sciences Semester for incoming students, beginning in Fall ’16.  Instead of taking separate introductory science classes in their first semester, new science students will immediately form a problem-solving team with faculty to begin addressing some of the most important environmental issues facing us today, from keeping our water supplies clean to coping with climate change.

A special immersion schedule allows us to spend entire days working in the field and in the lab, and permits travel to sites hours away from campus for real-world experience from the beginning.

Students completing the Integrated Sciences Semester will earn sixteen credits of required introductory classes in biology, chemistry, geology, and environmental science, and will be eligible to start taking more advanced coursework in their second semester at Lyndon.

Lyndon’s Natural Science Department provides 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.

Medical Career Tracks with a Degree in Natural Sciences

A medical or health career gives you job security, opportunity, and excellent pay.

With a major in Natural Sciences at Lyndon State, you can prepare for medical careers.

Natural Sciences, B.S.
• Pre-Dental
• Pre-Med
• Pre-MedTech

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)

Minimum required credits for the program: 75

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)

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.

The Sustainability Studies degree is NEBHE eligible (tuition discount) in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. But we go better than that with our stackable awards.

Required courses

Core: (47 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.

Electives: (19 credits)

Choose at least 19 additional credits of courses from ATM, BIO, CHE, ENV, GEY, PHY, or SCI.

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