The Department of Environmental Studies examines the connections between humans and nature from an interdisciplinary perspective that includes the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. We strive to develop and promote sustainable behaviors that improve life at the local, regional, national, and global levels. We offer majors in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies, as well as minors in Environmental Studies, Climate Change Studies, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), along with the opportunity to earn Secondary Teaching Certification in science.
As a student in one of our Department of Environmental Studies programs, you study on UNE's scenic Biddeford Campus, where the waters of the Saco River flow into the Atlantic Ocean. Over the years, this confluence of natural resources has inspired students and faculty from around the world. Recently named the youngest city in Maine, Biddeford and its twin city, Saco, boast an up-and-coming, hip downtown offering delicious eateries, exciting social and cultural events, and more. With the transformation of the old Biddeford/Saco mills into restaurants, breweries, housing, fitness facilities, salons, and retailers, there is something for everyone to explore in downtown. Looking to try a new type of food, grab a coffee, or shop for locally-made clothes? Biddeford/Saco has it all.
Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is expected to increase by 15 percent between 2012 and 2022, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.