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.