Applied Environmental Science (BS)

Green Mountain College

Date Posted: Oct. 15, 2018
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree


Green Mountain College’s Applied Environmental Science (AES) major combines GMC’s strong science program with the College’s sustainability mission to create a rigorous, academic program grounded in real-world experience.

Graduates will be well positioned for professions that address problems of environmental protection and remediation in industry, the non-profit sector, or the government as well as for ongoing study at the graduate level. In addition to receiving a broad training in biology, chemistry, math and geology, students will earn a minor in a science discipline of their choosing. They will also be introduced to local, regional and national environmental scenarios and will be challenged to seek internships, experiences and projects related to their special interests.

AES majors develop life-long skills in problem solving, data collection and information processing. They experience nature in the beautiful Vermont countryside, learning to preserve its natural beauty while wrestling with the problems that challenge it such as invasive species, air and water pollution and soil erosion. The program encourages a liberal arts approach to issues of environmental science by requiring study in economics of the environment, environmental ethics and global information systems (GIS). Skills in collaborative problem solving, creative thinking, interpretation, and analysis are encouraged throughout.

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