Explore UNE's Environmental Science 4+1 B.S./M.S. Track on the Coast of Maine

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.

Global Travel Opportunities for Environmental Science 4+1 B.S./M.S. Students


ENV 348: Adv. Environment, Health, and Community Dev. in East Africa

Dr. Richard Peterson

This is a Spring semester course offered every other year with a two- to three-week field experience trip to Kenya in late May/June. Semester studies focus on environmental, health, and community development issues facing the country today, set within East Africa’s political, cultural, and historical contexts. The trip features visits to leading universities, museums, and national parks, an overland journey from Nairobi to Kisumu through the Great Rift Valley, home-stays with Kenyan families, hiking in the Kakamega Rainforest, hands-on experience working with local partner organizations, and working with community-based conservation researchers at a Maasai-owned wildlife conservancy.

Watch Conservation in Kenya: A UNE Travel Course


ENV 376: Caribbean Sustainable Development and CIT 420: Global Citizenship

Dr. Thomas Klak

This is a Fall semester course that includes spending 13 days in early January in Dominica. You experience first-hand the challenges of — and progress toward — sustainable development in the self-proclaimed “Nature Island.” The class fulfills both UNE’s Advanced Studies and Citizenship requirements by engaging with Dominican partners who are working to achieve sustainable development, and by participating in hands-on development projects. Other experiences in Dominica include working on a fair trade banana farm to learn about Dominica’s economic mainstay crop; visiting a beach where sea turtles lay their eggs; hiking to the world’s only Boiling Lake; and bird-watching for the beautiful Imperial Parrot, Dominica’s national bird and an endangered species. You also instruct students about environmental protection at a local primary school.

Internships for Environmental Science 4+1 B.S./M.S. Students

Center for Sustainable Communities

The Center for Sustainable Communities is an internship and service-learning program that creates mutually beneficial partnerships between students and environmental organizations in the communities surrounding UNE's Biddeford Campus. Through hands-on involvement with local governments, nonprofit organizations, and community groups, you field-test academic learning in situations that help you "think globally, act locally." For more information email Dr. Christine Feurt.

Possible Internship Sites
Local and Maine Internship Sites
  • Acadia Mountain Guides, Inc.
  • Augusta Water District
  • Baxter State Park
  • Biodiversity Research Institute
  • Black Rock Farm
  • Brook Trout Pond Survey Internship (GIS)
  • Camp Ketcha
  • Eastern Trail Alliance
  • LL Bean Outdoor Discovery
  • Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Maine Geological Survey (GIS)
  • Microbac Laboratory
  • Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
  • Rippleffect
  • Sierra Club
  • The Center for Wildlife
  • Toxics Actions Center
  • Biddeford City Hall (GIS)
  • Wells Conservation Commission
  • Maine Audubon Center
Out-of-State Internship Sites
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • AMC Volunteer (North County Trails)
  • Boston Museum of Science
  • Calder Summer Research Program
  • Echo Hill Outdoor School
  • Frank Corporation Environmental Services
  • Great Basin Institute
  • Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (GIS)
  • Mission: Wolf
  • New England Board of Higher Education
  • New England Wildflower Society
  • Sandy Point Discovery Center
  • Student Conservation Association
  • Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
International Internship Sites
  • Global Service Corps
  • Peace Corps
  • School for Field Studies
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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

Explore Diverse Habitats across Southern Maine

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 in the Environmental Science 4+1 B.S./M.S. Program

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

What will you study? Environmental Science 4+1 B.S./M.S. Degree Curriculum Overview

Academic and Technical Standards

Satisfactory Academic Progress

To remain in the M.S. in Environmental Science program, the student's cumulative graduate GPA must be a minimum of 3.0. A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 or who receives a grade below B- in any course taken for graduate credit will be placed on academic probation.

Program Completion Timeline

Students have a maximum of five (5) years to complete the graduation requirements. After two (2) academic years (fall and spring terms), students who have completed their coursework but are still completing their theses are required to enroll in a minimum of three (3) Thesis credit hours per semester to remain in the program.


A graduate student whose grade point average (GPA) for any semester falls below 3.0, or whose cumulative grade point average is below 3.0, or who receives a class grade below a B- for any class taken for graduate credit is automatically placed on probation. A student placed on academic probation will be granted one fall or spring semester to raise their cumulative GPA to 3.0 or above, will be required to achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the semester, and cannot receive a second class grade below B-. Any student who fails to meet these criteria will be considered for dismissal by the School of Marine and Environmental Programs and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.


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.

Program Required CoursesCredits
Bachelor of Science with a major in Environmental Science108–120
BIO 503 – Research Methods3
Two (2) credits of ENV 530 – Graduate Seminar in Environmental Studies/Science*2
Twelve (12) credits of ENV 510 – Master’s Thesis Research12
Twelve (12) credits of electives in any 500-level or higher with the prefix ENV, BIO, MAR, or MAF where at least two (2) of the courses must be ENV12
Seven (7) credits of ENV 510 – Master’s Thesis Research or Elective in any 500-level or higher with the prefix ENV, BIO, MAR, or MAF**7
Minimum Total Required Credits36

*One (1) credit taken in the fourth year and one (1) credit taken in the fifth year.

**Students can combine credits from both ENV 510 and electives in any 500-level or higher course with the prefix ENV, BIO, MAR, or MAF to reach the required seven (7) credits. They do not need to choose one (1) or the other.

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.

Live and Study Environmental Science 4+1 B.S./M.S. 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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