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Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies

Located on the University of New England’s seaside University Campus in Biddeford, Maine, the Department of Environmental Studies is committed to increasing awareness and appreciation of human connections with the rest of the natural world, and to stimulating advocacy for harmonious behaviors.

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We believe environmental awareness is not simply a luxury for modern society but rather an indispensable tool for sustaining life on earth.

"Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is expected to increase by 15 percent between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations," according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Majors and Minors:

  • Environmental Studies Major
  • Environmental Science Major
  • Secondary Teacher Certification in Science
  • Geographic Information Systems Minor
  • Environmental Studies Minor   

Faculty: Our faculty has a wide variety of teaching and scholarship interests in environmental studies and environmental science, including …  More…

Small Classes and Hands-On Learning:  At UNE you have the opportunity to work closely with other students and to interact personally with your instructor.  Field trips are a common occurrence in the majority of our courses.  More…

Green Learning Community:  All first year students participate in the GLC, where they work closely with faculty in a set of linked courses that address environmental themes. More….

Internships and Study Abroad:  Each environmental major pursues at least one internship. More…  Many students also choose to study abroad in places like Kenya, Central America or Australia.  More….

Unique Facilities and Opportunities:

  • An outdoor classroom – UNE’s 350+ acre property
  • Field and research labs
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Diverse local habitats to explore
  • Center for Sustainable Communities
  • Marine Science Center
  • Double majors and minors      

Meet our Students and Alumni:  Our students are doing so many amazing things with their degrees in environmental studies and environmental science.  Check them out… More…

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Maine High School Seniors

Are you interested in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) major. At least 12 Maine students majoring in STEM disciplines at UNE, beginning with the UNE Class of 2018, will receive four-year NSF SUCCESS scholarships.  Find out more.


Alumni Spotlight

Jenifer Thalhauser '99
Environmental Science/Department of Life Sciences

"I had the opportunity to assist in both research and teaching opportunities which were great in that ..."

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Videos and Stories of Interest

Bill McKibben, "the planet's best green journalist," spoke on “Local And Global: Notes from the Frontlines of the Climate Fight” Jan. 20, 2012. Watch the video. See a slideshow of McKibben meeting with environmental studies students.

Noah Perlut, Ph.D., UNE assistant professor of environmental studies, and his 12-year research study of bobolinks in Vermont have been the focus of feature stories by in Audubon Magazine, the Burlington Free Press and VT Digger. Read the stories.

George Jacobson, Univ. of Maine Professor Emeritus of Biology, Ecology, and Climate Changespoke on the "Long Term Climate Variability and It's Consequences for Maine Ecosystems - Past and Future" Feb. 28, 2012.
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UNE Nature Writers Course
taught by Department Chair Owen Grumbling, Ph.D., was featured in Bill Green's The Green Outdoors weekly segment, on Oct. 4, 2010.
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