Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (850-644-2525, www.fsu.edu)
To embark on this enviable career exploring shipwrecks on the seafloor, Florida State's program in underwater archaeologythe only undergraduate program of its kindrequires students to be certified divers. Fieldwork includes looking for the HMS Fox, a ship lost off Florida's St. George Island in 1799.
Duke University, Durham, NC (919-684-8111, www.duke.edu)
The Nicolas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, ranked one of the country's top environmental colleges, isn't just for lobbyists and policy wonks. In the field, students also study natural habitats, including marine environments, forests, and fisheries.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (734-764-1817, www.umich.edu)
No other profession involves more outdoor work, and this geology programconsistently ranked in the nation's top tenincludes a summer hiking and studying the northern Rockies near Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Park Ranger
Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA (800-778-9111, www.sru.edu)
Study emergency medicine, search and rescue, firefighting, and criminal law at one of only two four-year programs in the United States (Northern Arizona University is the other) and you may soon be calling Yosemite "the office."
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA (510-642-6000, www.berkeley.edu)
Berkeley leads the field in teaching students how to design intelligent buildings that blend harmoniously with the surrounding ecosystem, using gray water, superefficient cooling systems, and passive solar heat.
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY (315-470-6500, www.esf.edu)
Learn forest management and its economic, political, and aesthetic impacts. You'll also have the opportunity to study overseas, analyzing watershed-management programs in Nepal or reforestation efforts in Mongolia.
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (213-740-2311, www.usc.edu)
After you're schooled in building suspense, constructing narrative, and operating a boom kit at this prestigious film school (since 1965, at least one USC graduate has been nominated for an Academy Award each year), you can chase Dean Potter up the Nose, camera in hand.
Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (215-898-5000, www.upenn.edu)
Hit B-school! This programstyled after a small-business workshop, complete with focus groupswill help you decide whether to start a rafting company in the Amazon or a trekking outfit in Asia, and teach you how to market your idea and find funding. Undergrads can earn a minor in entrepreneurial management.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (617-253-1000, www.mit.edu)
A materials-science degree from the country's top engineering school will open doors. Study fluid dynamics to build the ultimate rodeo kayak, or master the elasticity of solids for creating an ultralight shockless mountain bike.
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM (505-277-0111, www.unm.edu)
This program in the exercise science department delves into the effects of elevation on VO2 max and why elliptical training improves conditioning, while encouraging students to become ultrafit themselves. CRISTINA OPDAHL