Beginning July 2023, Northern Vermont University will be part of Vermont State University.

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Northern Vermont University will join with Castleton University and Vermont Technical College to become Vermont State University on July 1, 2023.

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About Environmental Science at NVU-Johnson

Environmental science students at Northern Vermont University-Johnson choose between two concentrations:

Our program provides students with essential training to become environmental consultants, scientists, and regulators.

You’ll explore the impact humans have on the environment as well as the economic, social, and political implications of our actions. You’ll take courses in ecology, meteorology, biology, chemistry, physics, and geoscience, taught by experienced faculty who conduct research in those fields. Lectures, laboratory research, fieldwork, and internship opportunities round out the program, providing the knowledge and problem-solving skills to prepare you to study further at a top graduate school or to start a successful career.

Secondary Licensure

Students who earn a bachelor of science degree in environmental science at NVU-Johnson are eligible to pursue endorsement for secondary education teacher licensure. Learn more about licensure requirements here. 


Ashley Donahue (right) and professor (left) working in a river on a drainage science project.

Hands-on Learning

Our campus and surrounding forests, rivers, mountains, and swamps serve as an outdoor laboratory. During many courses, students are encouraged to step outside, grab their clipboards and study water quality, dig up soil samples, and discover alpine vegetation.

Eliza Doncaster

Career-Ready Experiences

Not only will you learn from textbooks and labs, but you’ll also gain career-ready experiences through internships. Popular internship sites include the Green Mountain Club, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, and Echo Lake and Aquarium Center.

Eliza Doncaster ’15 spent the summer before her senior year as an intern with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture tracking ticks and other disease-carrying insects in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

Learn more about Eliza’s internship.

Students in geology

Fall Speaker Series: Current Topics in Science

Each fall, the Department of Environmental and Health Sciences at Northern Vermont University-Johnson, hosts a popular speaker series featuring experts on topics in science for EHS students, faculty, campus community members, and the general public. The presentations are one of the many ways NVU-Johnson provides learning opportunities beyond the classroom to help students expand their knowledge and make connections with professionals in their field of study. Learn more.


A student wearing a hat and glasses works in a lab.

“Everyone in the science department gets great internships. Even if it’s not a job you think you could see yourself doing, it gives you experience, builds your resume and lets you know if you like that type of work.”

– Alec Jones ’20


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