Examples of Senior Self-Designed Major Projects

  • Salvation Farms: A Community Gleaning Project Based in Craftsbury, Vermont
  • Agricultural Cooperatives in Kenya and Afghanistan
  • Experiential Deep Ecology
  • How is Common loon (Gavia immer) productivity affected by human disturbances and how effective is the management practice of posting nest-warning signs in New England?

Examples of organizations Sterling graduates have worked for:

  • The Nature ConservancyVermont Land Trust
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • National Park Service
  • American Museum of Natural History
  • Howard Gardner School
  • Teton Science School
  • “Sterling taught me about a life that I had no idea existed. It also gave me the chance to understand myself and feel proud of who I am as a learner.”

    Vincent Wisniewski

    2011, B.A., Natural History Self-Designed Major, is a science educator for Alaska Geographic and he lives at Denali National Park.

  • “My love of hard labor and taught me to see the world with an ecologist’s eye and a naturalist’s heart.”

    color photo of man casting a fishing pole on a beautiful summer day

    Ben Matthews ’09

    B.A. Ecology. Matthew is a fish biologist for Trout Unlimited

  • “I wouldn’t have gone to college if it weren’t for Sterling. I thought college was a sham. But here you can do your own thing and take as much initiative as you want. If you put your time in and give it a whirl, you can have an amazing experience. The people who do are top in their field where they work.”

    Dan Pittenger ’10

    B.A. Conservation Biology. Pittenger went on to earna master’s degree in Hydrology and Water Resources Science from Central Washington University. He works as a wetland ecologist in Fairbanks, Alaska.

  • “Students are able to get so much out of a course of study because of the small class sizes. With a group of five, you can all crouch around a log and minutely examine decomposition in action.”

    Laura Spence

    Laura Spence, Ph.D.

    faculty in Ecology, is a plant ecologist whose research interests focus on the interaction between plant communities and aspects of global change such as climate change and invasive species. Her research has taken her to the forests of New Zealand and the steppes of Mongolia.

Put your hands and mind to work as a Self-Designed Major at Sterling College.

Forge your own path

Naturally, you want to learn more about the Sterling College Self-Designed bachelor’s degree program.

Get in touch with a Sterling College Admissions Counselor today!

Dig In!

New Faculty for Sustainable Food Systems: Nicole Civita

Nicole Civita will join the Sterling College faculty this summer. She will teach Sustainable Food Systems and become the Assistant Director of the Rian Fried Center for Sustainable Agriculture &…

View more

How a Global Field Study Inspired Bestselling Author Kate Beaton

Throughout Kate Beaton’s award-winning career as a webcomic artist, New York Times bestselling author, and now, a children’s book writer, one character of hers has always stood out: the fat…

View more

Breaking Down a Hog, Cole Ward Style

Last Friday, the Value Added Products class was gathered around a half hog that was laid out, being assessed by the keen eye of master butcher Cole Ward. He poked…

View more