Environmental Sciences

As an Environmental Sciences major, you can:

  • Explore a variety of courses that can count towards your major or minor as core requirements, related courses, and electives.
  • Participate in an internship, field experience, or research experience abroad to satisfy your internship or research requirement and gain real-world experience.

Environmental Sciences students should consider when they would complete their Sophomore Seminar course and their Senior Capstone course and factor this into their plans for participating in an Education Abroad program. Students should meet with their academic advisor and discuss which semester might be best for them to go abroad. Flexibility regarding what courses Environmental Science students may be able to take abroad and in what term they can go may vary depending on their chosen plan or concentration within the major. Generally, students can take General Education requirements, electives, and courses that may satisfy concentration requirements.

Sustainable Systems: Courses that may satisfy concentration requirement that may be available abroad are Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Physics, Statistics, and Sociology courses.

Global Change: Courses that may satisfy concentration requirement that may be available abroad are Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Natural Resources, Physics, and Statistics courses.

Human Health: Courses that may satisfy concentration requirement that may be available abroad are Environmental Science and Molecular Cell Biology courses.

When planning an experience abroad, be sure to keep in mind your electives, any extra credits you may be able to use to your advantage, as well as current and upcoming terms in your course of study. For students who have a strict course sequence to follow each semester, a summer or winter program might be a good option.

How will #UConnChangeYourWorld

These programs are recommended based on your academic interests but students can explore additional approved program options via the Program Search.

Faculty Led:

Summer Global One Health in Ireland: Irish and US Perspectives

Dublin, Ireland

This program consists of a one week travel component in New England followed by a two week travel component in Ireland. Students learn more about the One Health concept and the interactions between animal, human, and environmental health, and how it is embraced in the two countries.

Summer Sustainable Cities: Zürich

Zürich, Switzerland

This program is targeted towards students with an interest in sustainable transportation and city planning. Students will have the opportunity to do field-based research on various topics relating to sustainable urban and transportation planning. Research findings will be documented in a short film which the students will design, shoot, edit and produce during their time in the field.

Summer Water Systems of Rome: Ancient to Modern

Rome, Italy

This field course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of human interactions with the environment in the development of modern municipal water systems. Each day of the program consists of a field trip, lectures by faculty and other experts while on-site, followed by students conducting water related field exercises.

Winter Geoscience and Geohazards in Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan

This program is targeted towards students interested in mixing field-based geologic mapping with an introduction to Chinese culture and history. Students will be outdoors hiking and collecting data most of time while in Taiwan.

Winter Geoscience Field Course in the Bahamas

San Salvador, Bahamas

This program is designed to immerse students in field-based, experiential learning on topics ranging from climate change, carbonate depositional systems, reef ecology, hurricanes, geoarchaeology, karst and cave formation, coastal geomorphology and sustainability. Typical field exercises include creating dune profiles, coring lake sediments, exploring caves and interpreting their formation, constructing stratgraphic columns and describing rock units, assessing reef health, and constructing a sustainability model for the island.

Exchange:

National University of Singapore

Republic of Singapore

This program offers approved courses in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Cell Biology, and Statistics. Courses are offered in many natural science fields on this program.

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland

This program offers approved courses in Economics, Molecular Cell Biology, Natural Resources, and Statistics.

University of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia

This program offers approved courses in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Marine Science, and Physics. Students should take note that many programs in Australia, including the University of Queensland, can be very competitive.

Affiliated:

OTS: African Field Ecology and Conservation in South Africa

Skukuza, South Africa

On this program, students can earn 12 credits of either Evolutionary Ecology and Biology or Natural Resources and the Environment credit. Students spend the majority of the semester in Kruger National Park, one of the largest conservation areas in Africa and the oldest national park in South Africa. By designing research projects with their professors, students contribute meaningful scientific data to issues faced by managers in South African National Parks.

Finances are an integral part of the program selection and planning process. Research scholarships early to meet application deadlines and request feedback on essays from advisors and the Writing Center.

McMahon Family Endowment for Global Education

Elizabeth C. Hanson Scholarship

College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources Scholarships

To learn more about these scholarships and to discover other opportunities, navigate to our scholarships page.

Students are encouraged to gather information through advising and participating in Education Abroad events:

Education Abroad Calendar
Learn about upcoming information sessions and events.

Education Abroad Advisor
Schedule an appointment.

Environmental Science Department

Schedule an appointment with your advisor.

Financial Aid for Education Abroad
Learn how to use your financial aid.

Academic

As an Environmental Sciences major, you can:

  • Explore a variety of courses that can count towards your major or minor as core requirements, related courses, and electives.
  • Participate in an internship, field experience, or research experience abroad to satisfy your internship or research requirement and gain real-world experience.

Environmental Sciences students should consider when they would complete their Sophomore Seminar course and their Senior Capstone course and factor this into their plans for participating in an Education Abroad program. Students should meet with their academic advisor and discuss which semester might be best for them to go abroad. Flexibility regarding what courses Environmental Science students may be able to take abroad and in what term they can go may vary depending on their chosen plan or concentration within the major. Generally, students can take General Education requirements, electives, and courses that may satisfy concentration requirements.

Sustainable Systems: Courses that may satisfy concentration requirement that may be available abroad are Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Science, Natural Resources, Physics, Statistics, and Sociology courses.

Global Change: Courses that may satisfy concentration requirement that may be available abroad are Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Science, Geography, Marine Science, Natural Resources, Physics, and Statistics courses.

Human Health: Courses that may satisfy concentration requirement that may be available abroad are Environmental Science and Molecular Cell Biology courses.

When planning an experience abroad, be sure to keep in mind your electives, any extra credits you may be able to use to your advantage, as well as current and upcoming terms in your course of study. For students who have a strict course sequence to follow each semester, a summer or winter program might be a good option.

How will #UConnChangeYourWorld

Programs

These programs are recommended based on your academic interests but students can explore additional approved program options via the Program Search.

Faculty Led:

Summer Global One Health in Ireland: Irish and US Perspectives

Dublin, Ireland

This program consists of a one week travel component in New England followed by a two week travel component in Ireland. Students learn more about the One Health concept and the interactions between animal, human, and environmental health, and how it is embraced in the two countries.

Summer Sustainable Cities: Zürich

Zürich, Switzerland

This program is targeted towards students with an interest in sustainable transportation and city planning. Students will have the opportunity to do field-based research on various topics relating to sustainable urban and transportation planning. Research findings will be documented in a short film which the students will design, shoot, edit and produce during their time in the field.

Summer Water Systems of Rome: Ancient to Modern

Rome, Italy

This field course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of human interactions with the environment in the development of modern municipal water systems. Each day of the program consists of a field trip, lectures by faculty and other experts while on-site, followed by students conducting water related field exercises.

Winter Geoscience and Geohazards in Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan

This program is targeted towards students interested in mixing field-based geologic mapping with an introduction to Chinese culture and history. Students will be outdoors hiking and collecting data most of time while in Taiwan.

Winter Geoscience Field Course in the Bahamas

San Salvador, Bahamas

This program is designed to immerse students in field-based, experiential learning on topics ranging from climate change, carbonate depositional systems, reef ecology, hurricanes, geoarchaeology, karst and cave formation, coastal geomorphology and sustainability. Typical field exercises include creating dune profiles, coring lake sediments, exploring caves and interpreting their formation, constructing stratgraphic columns and describing rock units, assessing reef health, and constructing a sustainability model for the island.

Exchange:

National University of Singapore

Republic of Singapore

This program offers approved courses in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Cell Biology, and Statistics. Courses are offered in many natural science fields on this program.

University of Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland

This program offers approved courses in Economics, Molecular Cell Biology, Natural Resources, and Statistics.

University of Queensland

Brisbane, Australia

This program offers approved courses in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Marine Science, and Physics. Students should take note that many programs in Australia, including the University of Queensland, can be very competitive.

Affiliated:

OTS: African Field Ecology and Conservation in South Africa

Skukuza, South Africa

On this program, students can earn 12 credits of either Evolutionary Ecology and Biology or Natural Resources and the Environment credit. Students spend the majority of the semester in Kruger National Park, one of the largest conservation areas in Africa and the oldest national park in South Africa. By designing research projects with their professors, students contribute meaningful scientific data to issues faced by managers in South African National Parks.

Finances

Finances are an integral part of the program selection and planning process. Research scholarships early to meet application deadlines and request feedback on essays from advisors and the Writing Center.

McMahon Family Endowment for Global Education

Elizabeth C. Hanson Scholarship

College of Agriculture, Health, and Natural Resources Scholarships

To learn more about these scholarships and to discover other opportunities, navigate to our scholarships page.

Resources & Contacts

Students are encouraged to gather information through advising and participating in Education Abroad events:

Education Abroad Calendar
Learn about upcoming information sessions and events.

Education Abroad Advisor
Schedule an appointment.

Environmental Science Department

Schedule an appointment with your advisor.

Financial Aid for Education Abroad
Learn how to use your financial aid.

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