Environmental Studies

U N E professor Noah Perlut works with students and U N E staff to tend to a campus birdhouse
Environmental Studies faculty member Noah Perlut and students work with UNE staff to install bat and bird houses to control mosquito populations.

As an Environmental Studies major, you consider the human, social and political aspects of natural resources and environmental challenges. You choose electives from a list of courses that examines conservation and preservation, global ecology, environmental policy, social justice, and how the environment impacts human values and expression.

You benefit from our first-year Green Learning Community, courses that incorporate field-study, trips abroad to explore diverse habitats with Environmental Studies faculty, an internship experience, and a senior capstone project in sustainability.

Many Environmental Studies majors choose to double-major or minor in another discipline like Animal Behavior, Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology, Political Science, English or Sociology.

We also offer a minor in Environmental Studies.

To learn more about the program, see Curriculum or visit the Catalog.

Environmental Studies with Secondary Teaching Certification

If you are interested in becoming a middle school or high school science teacher, you may select the necessary courses in secondary education as electives, and complete the teaching internship required to qualify for State of Maine certification (grades 7-12) upon graduation.

Honors Program

We offer qualified students the option of participating in our Honors Program and graduating with Honors. This includes significant research, scholarship or creative activity under the direction of a faculty member.