U N E students conduct research on the banks of the Saco RiverAs a student in our Department of Environmental Studies, you study and conduct research on the shores of Biddeford Pool, where our campus extends into the scenic confluence of the Saco River and Atlantic Ocean. The work you do in this inspiring setting encourages you to become a committed advocate for sustainable practices that promote synergistic relationships between humans and the environment.  

Our curriculum encourages you to make connections between the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. You examine humans’ past and present interactions with the natural world at the local, regional, national, and global levels, and consider how we might attain a more harmonious future.

We offer small classes that present hands-on approaches to learning. During your first year, you participate in our Green Learning Community. The GLC challenges you to examine environmental issues from a variety of perspectives, and incorporates field trips and retreats. You also participate in faculty-led study trips abroad, internships, and a senior capstone project in sustainability in which you apply the knowledge and skills you’ve gained to an in-depth study.

Environmental Science major

A student researcher puts a leg band on a small bird

You focus on the scientific aspects of natural resources and environmental issues.


Environmental Studies major and minor

U N E professor Noah Perlut shows a group of others a small bird he's captured

You focus on the human and social aspects of natural resources and environmental issues.


Geographic Information Systems (GIS) minor

A pair of hands records data on a clipboard that also holds a yellow G I S meter

You learn how to capture and analyze the geographic data that informs the work being done in many fields.


Climate Change Studies minor


You engage in study that prepares you with an understanding of the climate change problem and its solutions. 

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