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

UNE’s Environmental Studies 4+1 B.S./M.S. program allows you to complete your undergraduate and master’s degrees in environmental studies 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 Studies

UNE’s combination undergraduate/graduate program in Environmental Studies uses an interdisciplinary approach to examine the connections between humans and nature. Observing the world through the lenses of natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, you will learn to develop and promote sustainable behaviors that improve life at all levels.

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 study abroad experiences and our local, national, and international internships, which give you a chance to gain professional skills and hands-on experience, the sky is the limit at UNE. This multitude of opportunities prepares you to join the ranks of other UNE Environmental Studies graduates who have entered exciting professional fields in environmental advocacy, air and water resource management, ecological restoration, habitat conservation, park management, and environmental impact assessment.

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Discover Diverse Habitats

Nature will become your classroom on UNE’s Biddeford Campus. Situated where the Saco River converges with the Atlantic Ocean, our 540-acre campus provides nearly limitless research and fieldwork opportunities with its woodlands, wetlands, beaches, dunes, vernal pools, riverbed, and mile of coastline. From our privately-owned research island visited by harbor seals to our 350+-acre coniferous and deciduous forest that is home to deer, coyote, moose, and other species, UNE is home to a diverse array of on-campus habitats that serve as your living laboratory.

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Reach New Levels of Research

Through in-depth, student-centered research, our five-year combined degree program in Environmental Science enables you to work closely with a faculty member who shares your specific interest, thereby providing you with not only a comprehensive undergraduate education in environmental studies but an opportunity to perform graduate-level work.

Become Part of Our Community

With our small class sizes, tight-knit students, and our caring faculty who strive to get to know you as an individual, you will feel at home in no time in the Environmental Studies family. Our program fosters a sense of community, and you can feel the spirit of collaboration in the air — both in the classroom and out in the field.

UNE 4+1 Tracks

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


Academic and Technical Standards

To enroll in the Environmental Studies 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 Studies 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.

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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UNE's Biddeford, Maine campus