Real learning for the real world

The education you’ll receive in the College of Natural Resources and Environment is filled with hands-on opportunities to learn and practice the skills you’ll use in your career. We believe in giving you a strong foundation of knowledge in the classroom, and then sending you to the places where you can apply what you’ve learned — and discover new interests and passions. And the best part is that your faculty members will be there right beside you as a safety net.

Your network for academic and career success

One of the best parts about CNRE and Virginia Tech is the encouragement and support that you’ll get from our academic and career advisors. They’ll be right beside you as you figure everything out.    

Get your bearings in unique classroom experiences

Before going out in the field and into the lab, your academic experience begins in the classroom. This is where you’ll put your mind to work and immerse yourself in your field of study in upper level classes that average only 22 students. You’ll have the opportunity to experience transformational spaces like our active learning classroom that promotes creativity and engagement, and transform spaces like the pallet research lab. You’ll even sample subjects in new ways, like the brews in the Geography of Tea course.

Dr. Dendro, The Plaid Avenger, and other fearless faculty

Our students often find their own passions ignited by those of their faculty. It might be in your first outdoor dendrology lab as you learn how to identify trees with John Seiler (Dr. Dendro). Or maybe when your geography instructor, John Boyer (aka The Plaid Avenger), arranges for your class to Skype a world leader like the Prime Minister of Australia. They’re dedicated to making learning more effective and more enjoyable for everyone.    

With the help of his trusty assistant, Katie Pritchard, John Boyer recorded mini lectures all over the world to broadcast to his World Regions students on campus. Here, they are atop Lion’s Head Mountain overlooking Cape Town, South Africa.

Boyer records mini lecture on Lion's Head Mountain in South Africa.
Sarah Karpanty

Associate Professor Sarah Karpanty, pictured here leading our graduates into commencement, received the Graduate School’s 2018 Faculty Outstanding Mentor award. She encourages students to constantly pursue experiential learning opportunities, knowing these activities, like the capstone course she teaches, give students the confidence, drive, and leadership skills they’ll need to be successful in the workplace.