About UNE's Environmental Science 4+1 B.S./M.S. Track

UNE’s Environmental Science 4+1 B.S./M.S. program allows you to complete your undergraduate and master’s degrees in environmental science in a total of five years, saving you both time and money.

As a qualified UNE undergraduate, this track enables you to obtain an M.S. degree, in addition to your B.S., through an expedited process that begins during your senior year of undergraduate work.

You'll complete much of your master's coursework during your fourth year, while also working on your thesis project. Your fifth year will be spent finishing your research and writing your thesis.

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Why UNE For Your B.S./M.S. in Environmental Science

Whether you’re an advocate for conservation preservation, dedicated to the restoration of ecosystems, committed to environmental and economic sustainability, passionate about finding solutions to climate change, or all of the above, our combination undergraduate/graduate program in Environmental Science may be just what you’re looking for. 

Prepare for Your Career With Unique Opportunities

From our optional first-year interdisciplinary Green Learning Community, which integrates courses in biology, environmental issues, literature, and economics, to our exciting global travel experiences and our local, national, and international internships, which give you a chance to gain professional skills and hands-on experience, your bounds at UNE are limitless. This plethora of opportunities prepares you to follow in the footsteps of other UNE Environmental Science graduates who have begun exciting careers as ecologists, forest rangers, wildlife managers, environmental scientists, and more.

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The Environmental Science 4+1 program allowed me to continue working on research I had been doing since sophomore year. In addition, the 4+1 program allows me to enter the workforce at a younger age and begin making a salary sooner.
Environmental Sciences (M.S. 4+1 Track)

Explore Diverse Habitats

You’ll enjoy studying and conducting field work on a campus that serves as your living laboratory. Uniquely positioned where the Saco River meets the Atlantic Ocean, the Biddeford Campus boasts a diverse array of on-campus habitats, including dunes, wetlands, woodlands, coastline, and a University-owned private research island. From harbor seals to moose, UNE is home to dozens of species of wildlife that make nature the best classroom on campus.

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Follow Your Research Passions

Through studying a combination of natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, you’ll attain a comprehensive undergraduate foundation, but you will also take your specific area of interest far beyond what can be done in an undergraduate career by performing in-depth, student-centered research


Academic and Technical Standards

To enroll in the Environmental Science B.S./M.S. 4+1 program, you must be an undergraduate at UNE with a 3.5 overall G.P.A., and a 3.5 G.P.A. in all math and science courses. You are not required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) prior to enrollment. However, you must receive sponsorship from a faculty member who will serve as your thesis advisor, and you should begin conducting research on a project that will become your thesis project by your fourth year at UNE. You can declare your intent to enroll in the program as early as the second semester of your sophomore year or as late as the second semester of your junior year.
Application forms are available from prospective faculty advisors.


The B.S./M.S. degree in Environmental Science requires a total of 36 graduate credits, including 

  • A minimum of 12 thesis/research credits (ENV 590) 
  • 2 credits of Graduate Seminar in Environmental Studies (ENV 599; 1 in the fourth and 1 in the fifth year)
  • 3 credits of Research Methods (BIO 503)
  • Up to 19 additional course credits (minimum of 12-course credits)

Of the 12–19 additional course credits, a minimum of two classes must be offered through the Department of Environmental Studies. A maximum of 12 course credits can double-count towards both the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

Changes were made to this program in an addendum to the 2022/23 academic calendar. Please see the 2022–2023 Catalog Addendum (PDF) for the most recent information. As always, it is recommended that students seek the guidance of Academic Advisors for course and program planning. In this way, you will be able to access all the most up-to-date information available.

UNE 4+1 tracks

UNE offers 4+1 tracks for Marine Sciences, Biological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or Environmental Studies.

Enjoy Our Collaborative Environment

You’ll thrive as part of the UNE family. Our small class sizes foster a sense of community — not competition — among students, and you’ll work closely with our committed, supportive faculty who will take the time to get to know you and your interests.

Apply Now or Request Information

Apply online for admission to one of our B.S. or B.A. programs or request more information on a program.

Live and Study in Biddeford, Maine

Students in UNE’s 4+1 B.S./M.S. track in Environmental Science study at our Biddeford, Maine, location, a gorgeous waterfront campus offering more than 4,000 feet of scenic shoreline where the Saco River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. In addition to benefitting from the ample research opportunities afforded by our proximity to the ocean, wetlands, and a privately-owned research island, you will enjoy spending time in this popular vacation destination with its friendly, welcoming people and a wide range of outdoor recreation activities.

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