University of Vermont

Goal: To offer first-year students in the College of Arts and Science interested in studying the Earth and environment an opportunity to do so outside of the traditional venue of large introductory classes.

The basics: Four classes in the Geology, Geography and History Departments with residentially-based activities foster the development of interactions among students and faculty that share a common academic interest.

Classes: In ISEE you will enroll in two introductory courses per semester that will expose you to the basic principles of how the Earth works. These classes, and discussions with faculty and guest speakers in the residence halls, will provide you with insight into the variety of different questions and methodologies that the various academic disciplines use to study the Earth and environment.

Insights: Early in their academic training it’s often hard to understand how the perspectives of a geologist may be similar to, or different from, those of a geographer. Do they ask the same questions when they look at the world around them? Do they collect the same data? The ISEE program will teach you important skills that professionals use in collecting data about the Earth around us, and help you place this information in context.

Program size: Limited to twenty students. You must apply and be accepted into the program in order to enroll.

Residential Component of Program

The ISEE program is located in the new South Quadrangle residence hall, home of the environmental residence learning community, “The GreenHouse.” You will live in single and double rooms clustered together with other ISEE students and enjoy the benefits of the program/residence activities focused on environmental issues.

Core Courses
ISEE is part of the College of Arts and Sciences Teacher Advisor Program (TAP). This ensures that you will be taking a small seminar class (20 students) in which the faculty instructor will also be your academic advisor. You will enroll in two core courses in the fall and two in the spring, plus your chosen electives and recommended courses.