Program Overview

Come explore our unique location on the shores of coastal Maine. As an Environmental Studies major, you will explore the ocean, river, woodlands, wetlands, and vernal pools, as well as beach and dune habitats. Your opportunities for research and field work on campus are nearly limitless in our 540-acre natural wonderland. Off campus opportunities include internships and global experiences. Let nature be your classroom as you acquire the professional skills needed to make a real difference for the environment.

Olivia Scott stands smiling at the camera holding her handmade ceramics

[The research I participated in] made me feel like I can make change — like I am part of a much bigger purpose.

Biological Sciences, Environmental Science

Why UNE for Environmental Studies

From the red maples in the swamps of our 350+-acre forest to the harbor seals on our privately-owned island, UNE is brimming with flora and fauna whose habitats serve as a living laboratory for your exploration.

  • Hands-on projects, field trips, research, and internships
  • First-year interdisciplinary Green Learning Community
  • Short-term faculty-led study abroad courses
  • Unique campus setting encompassing diverse habitats
  • Deep sense of community and collaboration

Restoring the American Chestnut Tree in Maine

University of New England Professor of Environmental Studies Thomas Klak, Ph.D., and his students, have joined the work to restore the iconic American chestnut tree — once one of the most important forest trees throughout North America, until the species was devastated by a blight.


With the knowledge you gain from your coursework, the critical thinking skills you develop through research, and the life skills you acquire from internships and close working relationships with faculty and peers, you will be well on your way to an exciting career in the environmental field.

Our graduates have pursued careers in many fascinating fields, including:

  • Environmental Advocacy
  • Air and Water Resource Management
  • Ecological Restoration
  • Education
  • Habitat Conservation
  • Park Management
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Toxicology
  • Field Research
  • Environmental Law and Regulation

Career Advising

Whether you have a specific career goal in mind or a vague idea of the field that interests you, Career Advising is here to help you plan your next step.


of graduates employed or enrolled in grad school within one year of graduation

(per 2016-2020 graduate surveys)


in Maine for getting a job

(Zippia, 2021)

Student Financial Services

One of the most important considerations when committing to a college or university is cost. We work with you and your family to help make your education affordable by pricing our tuition competitively and offering financial assistance.


There are many ways you can navigate this degree program. We even have a 4+1 B.S./M.S. track that lets you complete your undergraduate and master’s degrees in just five years.

Examples of available courses

The following are just some examples of the exciting courses that the Environmental Studies major offers:

  • Sustainability and Ecological Restoration
  • Environmental Communication: Expert Practices for Ecosystem Management
  • Contemporary Nature Writing
  • Environmental Movements and Social Change
  • Environment, Health, and Community Development in East Africa
  • Climate Change Adaptation: Planning and Policy

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.

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


Getting Goat Island Off the Grid

Experiential Learning

Survey and monitor wetlands, teach public school children about recycling, or spend a weekend at an ecovillage. At UNE you don’t just learn environmental studies — you do environmental studies.


Whether you’re studying the eastern gray squirrel in our own backyard or analyzing soil erosion in Kenya, there are many opportunities to join faculty in their research or to design your own research project. Examine rare species, explore threatened habitats, or investigate best practices in the stewardship of natural resources.


Local, national, and global internships enable you to put your classroom learning to work by building real life skills, networking in the field, and exploring career options. Internship sites include:

  • Alaska State Parks
  • Black Rock Farm
  • Center for Wildlife
  • Scarborough Marsh – Audubon Center
  • Wells Conservation Commission
  • UNE Office of Sustainability

For more information, contact the College of Arts and Sciences Internship Office Environmental Studies contact Cynthia Simon at (207) 602-2540 or

Global Education

See the world

Explore Environmental Studies on the other side of the world by taking part in our Global Education Programs.

Don’t just “think globally”; live globally. Broaden your horizons by spending a semester in Spain, Iceland, or at UNE’s own international campus in Morocco. Or choose a shorter travel course that will take you to an exotic location, such as Costa Rica, the Galapagos Islands, or Belize.

Interested in studying abroad? Make a plan with your advisor.


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