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Environmental Science at Northern Vermont University

Are you passionate about addressing global warming, pollution, and alternative energy? Does the natural world inspire you? Environmental science is an interdisciplinary subject that involves studying biology, chemistry, physics, geology and social sciences. By combining an understanding of all of these areas, you are better able to understand the environment and solve problems from an integrated perspective. You can complete a bachelor of science degree in environmental science at either of our campuses.

Our science faculty have significant experience in scientific education, research, consultation, governmental regulation, and field methods. Our students graduate with a solid foundation to succeed in the growing job market of environmental scientists and specialists.

About the Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science at NVU-Lyndon

Our students are passionate about the environment — the science and the policies that impact the natural world around us. As a student in the B.S. in environmental science program at NVU-Lyndon, you’ll build a solid foundation in the natural sciences that will allow you to go on to a rewarding career as a researcher and leader. Guided and inspired by our faculty, who are experts in research, consultation, and governmental regulation, you will join our growing ranks of alumni who are making their impact felt far and wide on the field of environmental science.

The program immerses students in biology, ecology, chemistry, environmental toxicology, geology, and physics. Students then choose from a wide variety of upper-level courses to expand their knowledge of environmental pollution, physical environmental monitoring and assessment, conservation and biodiversity, and sustainable food systems. Students may also acquire skills in GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and OSHA safety procedures.

Integrated Sciences Semester

At NVU-Lyndon, your first semester in science will be an Integrated Science Immersion Program. In this introductory semester students hit the ground running, designing and conducting scientific experiments, field surveys, and excursions with fellow first-year science majors, all while completing introductory biology, chemistry, geology, and environmental science courses. If you care about the environment, learning to integrate science disciplines is critical to success. The NVU-Lyndon science faculty collaborate to bring the interconnectivity of biology, chemistry, and geology to provide you with a strong systems perspective on environmental issues that will provide a solid foundation for nearly any career direction you choose.

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

Environmental Science (B.S.) – Lyndon Campus


Each spring, the Natural Sciences Department hosts a weekly seminar series where visiting speakers present on science-related topics. Open to students and the public, the visiting speakers, experts in their fields, cover topics related to game and wildlife management, to laboratory research, medicine, ecology, and more. The series gives Lyndon science students the chance to hear about relevant contemporary issues, learn from experts, and develop intellectual and professional connections that contribute to their learning and career development.

Learn more about the series here.