Environmental Science Curriculum

Curricular Requirements

Since 1991 the faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences has defined environmental awareness as a major theme in the College's Core Curriculum, and asked the Department of Environmental Studies to deliver the course Introduction to Environmental Issues to all undergraduates regardless of major. The UNE College of Arts and Sciences is one of the few in the nation that requires formal instruction in environmental studies as a requirement for graduation.


CAS Core Requirements (includes 13 credits required by major)

Program Required Courses including Green Learning Community (First year) 17
ENV 100 & 101 - Introduction to Environmental Issues  3
BIO 105/105L - Biology I : Ecology/Evolution  4
BIO 106/106L - Biology II : Cellular/Molecular 4
LIT 121 & 122 - Literature, Nature and The Environment  3
BUEC 104 & 105 - Economics in Context  3
CHE 110/110L - General Chemistry I 4
CHE 111/111L - General Chemistry II 4
MAT 150 - Statistics for Life Sciences  3
Interdisciplinary Environmental Issues Courses (Second year)  13
ENV 200 - Population and the Environment  3
ENV 220 - Conservation and Preservation 3
ENV 220L - Conservation and Preservation Lab 2
ENV 240 - Environmental Sustainability Lab 2
ENV 250 - Environmental Policy in Comparative Perspective 3
BIO 350/350L - Ecology (Third year) 4
Upper-Division Science Electives  16
 After consulting with their academic advisors, ENV Science Majors will choose at least sixteen credit hours of upper-division science courses from the Department of Environmental Studies, and from the Departments of Biology, Marine Science, Chemistry/Physics and/or Psychology. (This group of courses should be taken during third and fourth years.)  
Environmental Studies Distribution Requirements** (Third and fourth year - See listing below)  6 - 8
Two courses chosen from different distribution groups in the list of Environmental Studies Distribution Requirements  
Internship:  3-9*

*Up to 12 credits may be arranged with special permission from the department chair.

ENV 295 or 495

Senior Capstone in Environmental Studies  3
ENV 499  
Open Elective Courses (needed to reach 120 credits) variable
Minimum Required Total Credits  120

**Environmental Studies Distribution Requirements List 

Group One: Conservation, Preservation, Restoration


ENV 275 Environmental Studies Colloquium 1
ENV 309 Sustainability & Ecological Restoration 3
ENV 312/312L Wetland Conservation and Ecology 4
ENV 313/313L Wetland Restoration: Science and Policy 4
ENV 314/314L Restoring Coastal Habitats in the Gulf of Maine 4
ENV 315 Land Conservation Practicum 3

ENV 316/316L Land Conservation Practicum with Field Lab

ENV 317 Case Studies in Preserving Biodiversity and Protected Areas 3
ENV 318/318L Advanced Field Methods in Avian Ecology & Conservation 4
ENV 398 Topics in Environmental Studies (3 credits) 3
ENV 399 Topics in Environmental Studies with Lab (4 credits) 4
Group Two Environmental Policy and Management  
ENV 275 Environmental Studies Colloquium 1
ENV 321 Environmental Communication: Expert Practices for Ecosystem Management 3
ENV 324/BUEC 390 Environmental Economics 3
ENV 328 Environmental Pollution: Ecosystems, Wildlife & Human Health 3
ENV 357 Sustaining Water 3
ENV 372 Forest Landscape Ecology & Management 3
ENV 398 Topics in Environmental Studies  3
ENV 399 Topics in Environmental Studies with Lab  4
BUEC 395 Ecological Economics 3
Group Three:  Arts, Humanities, and Values   
ENV 275 Environmental Studies Colloquium 1
ENV 331 Women and the Environment 3
ENV 332 The Literature of Nature 3
ENV 333/333L The Nature Writers with Field Lab 4
ENV 334 Contemporary Nature Writing 3
ENV 334L Contemporary Nature Writing Lab 1
ENV 335 Environmental History of New England  3
ENV 336 Seminar on Edward Abbey 3
ENV 337 Outdoor Environmental Education 3
ENV 398 Topics in Environmental Studies  3
ENV 399 Topics in Environmental Studies with Lab  4
Group Four: Global Ecology and Social Justice   
ENV 275 Environmental Studies Colloquium 1
ENV 340 Environmental Movements and Social Change 3
ENV 341 Indigenous Ecology, Conservation Biology, and the Politics of Knowledge 3
ENV 344 Environmental Ethics 3
ENV 348/348L Environment, Health, and Community Development in East Africa


ENV 376 Caribbean Sustainable Development 3
ENV 398 Topics in Environmental Studies  3
ENV 399 Topics in Environmental Studies with Lab  4

Secondary Education Certification

The department offers environmental sciences majors the opportunity to select all of the EDU secondary education certification courses (listed below) as their electives in order to become middle school or high school teachers (grades 7-12) in the area of science. While providing a solid foundation in environmental studies and science, this program includes extensive coursework in education, which, when combined with the secondary teaching internship, will meet standards for State of Maine teacher certification upon completion of the degree program. This program is approved by the State of Maine Board of Education.

Education Courses Credits
EDU 105 - Exploring Teaching 3
EDU 110- 21st Century Learning Through Technology 3
EDU 202 - Curriculum & Assessment 3
EDU 220 - Exceptionality in the Classroom 3
EDU 385- Diversity and Social Justice 3
EDU 382- Literacy Research-Based Instructional Methods 3
EDU 437 - Teaching Secondary Science 3
EDU 488 Secondary Education Practicum 3
EDU 498 - Secondary Internship 12
EDU 405- Inclusive Methods and Data Based Decision Making 3
Education Minimum Required Total Credits 39

See Education for more details.